Up close: 1964 Jefferson County Majors all-star baseball team
- Joe McHaney
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Coaches: Dick Souers, Ed Spino. Players: Junior Patt, Ray Thorton, Doug Utter, Gary Snow, Kelly Ceniga, Bo Van Orsow, Joe Stensgar, Ray Thornton, Willie Fortson, Dick Ashby, Dennis Smith, Willie Stacona, Jerry Allen, Paul Reutlinger, Denny Keeton.
District 6 champions
Playing at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, the 1964 Jefferson County squad defeated Klamath Falls City League 3-2 in the championship game, thanks mainly to a home run by outfielder Willie Fortson in the seventh inning.
Doug Utter allowed two runs in the sixth inning, but went the distance to earn the pitching victory, striking out six batters. Stacona and Patt each booked RBI singles, scoring Smith and Thornton, in the top of the sixth inning to make the score 2-0.
Jefferson County also received a clutch home run by shortstop Ray Thornton in a 1-0 victory over South Suburban Klamath Falls in the team's first game of the District 6 tournament. Thornton's home run was the only hit for the local boys in the fifth frame.
Stensgar tossed all six innings to earn the pitching victory for Jefferson County. He fanned nine batters, and was able to get out of the final inning unscathed, despite hitting two batters.
Oregon state champs
Highlighted by a triple play, the Jefferson County team defeated the Pendleton Nationals 8-3 at McAllister Field in Astoria in the opening round of the Oregon State Little League championship tournament.
The local team followed with a 3-1 win over Meadowland of Portland, before Jefferson County beat Kenton 2-0 in the state championship final.
In the title game, Joe Stensgar belted a two-run home run in the third inning and tossed a one-hit shutout.
Against Meadowland, Thornton hit a two-run home run after Patt doubled, Stensgar added a solo home run, and Utter tossed all six innings. Utter allowed five hits, walked none and booked five strikeouts.
Jefferson County used a five-run rally in the fourth inning to defeat the Pendleton Nationals.
Stensgar earned the win on the mound and Thornton hit a home run, but it was a triple play in the second inning that highlighted Jefferson County's victory. Stensgar snagged a bunted fly ball on the mound, fired to Utter at first base for the second out and Utter threw to Smith at second base to complete the triple play.
In arguably the most historic game in Jefferson County Little League Majors baseball history, played at Alpenrose Park In Portland, the local all-stars defeated Quincy, Wash., 6-5 in 10 innings in the semifinals of the Northwest Divisional tournament for the right to play in the divisional championship game.
Fortson was again the hero for Jefferson County, ripping a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning during a game where the local group trailed 4-0.
Jefferson County took advantage of four Washington errors in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-4 lead. Washington, however, evened the score in the top of the sixth inning with a run.
Fortson, who made a diving catch in the seventh inning with two runners out to end the inning, ripped a single in the 10th frame to center field that scored Ceniga -- the game-winning run.
Snow tossed the last six innings to earn the win on the hill.
In the divisional finale televised by CBS, Jefferson County lost 5-0 to Trail, British Columbia.
The local team was held hitless through the first five innings, before Smith hit a single followed by a Fortson double in the sixth inning, but three consecutive strikeouts ended Jefferson County's threat and the game.