He’s got a lot of youth in his summer lineup. So Mike Reed, coach of the La Salle Prep Wigwam Sox, likes what he’s seen from the players on his Junior State Division I baseball team this summer.

After an 0-2 start, they’ve won their last six games, including four in a row in a tournament held last weekend in Estacada.

“We’ve got a lot of kids whose only experience is at the jayvee, freshmen or eighth grade level,” said Reed. “But these kids are stepping in and they’re competing at the varsity level right away. It reflects back on what our coaches did in the spring. Cedrick Gray, my jayvee coach, and freshmen coach Travis Geile have gotten the kids ready to play at the next level. These kids coming in have been well-schooled in the basics. They can bunt, and they can run the bases....”

Due to early jitters, the Falcons lost to Camas 4-0 and to Molalla 9-3 in games played in early June.

On June 9, they swept a doubleheader from Heritage of Vancouver, 4-3 and 18-17.

They beat Grant Union/Burns 6-5 in Sunday’s championship game of a six-team tournament in Estacada, after advancing through tournament wins over Molalla (10-5 and 8-7) and over Grant Union/Burns (6-4).

The Sox took charge early in Sunday’s championship game, scoring two runs in the first frame and four more in the bottom of the third. Relief pitchers Austin Vaughn and Ian Basile then got the job done down the stretch to secure the win.

Kelly Krumm (2-for-4, 3 RBI) had a run-scoring single in the first frame and Krumm teamed up with Connor Shride on a successful first-and-third steal to score the second run of the inning.

Krumm and Jacob Casey both hit two-run singles in the third inning. Grant Union/Burns had the tying and winning runs on base in the top of the seventh, when Basile ended the game with a strikeout.

In Saturday’s 8-7 win over Molalla, the Sox took charge in the third inning, scoring seven runs on five hits, a double steal, one walk and one Indian error. La Salle outhit Molalla 11-7, with Dane Maben (2 RBI), Krumm (2 RBI), Basile, Chris Dowhaniuk and Jacob Casey all making contact for a pair of hits.

Ole Arntson, Mike Duarte and Basile were tough on the mound, holding the Indians to just one run in the final five innings. Arntson, an incoming freshman, pitched the first 5-1/3 innings, striking out three, walking two and yielding seven hits.

The Falcons stung the ball for 18 hits in Friday’s tournament opener with Molalla. Nick Johnson (3-for-4, solo home run, double, 4 RBI) and Krumm (4-for-5, 3 RBI) headed the hit parade. Sam Wade pounded out three hits in five at bats and Shride went 2-for-2.

Sophomore-to-be Chris Larson, in his first varsity start, struck out three and walked two, while yielding eight hits in six innings of work. After some early nerves, Larson pitched shutout ball in the third through sixth innings.

Saturday’s 6-4 win over Grant Union/Burns was a barnburner. The Sox went up for the first time, at 4-3, with two runs in the bottom of the fourth; and they pushed the game-winners across with two runs in the sixth.

Theo Peterson smacked a two-run double in the third. Krumm (3-for-4) singled in runs in the first and sixth innings. Peterson plated the game-winner in the sixth when he reached as a hit batsman. Maben went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs.

Sophomore-to-be Anthony Ciota pitched the first five innings, striking out no one, walking three and yielding only five hits.

La Salle graduate Sean Hays starred in the 4-3 win over Heritage on June 9, striking out 10 and yielding just one hit in four innings of relief. Hays also scored the winning run, leading off the bottom of the seventh with a double, advancing on a sacrifice bunt, and scoring on a wild pitch.

Maben (4-for-5, 4 runs, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases) and Wade (4-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 4 stolen bases) headed up a 16-hit offensive onslaught in the win over Heritage.

The Wigwam Sox return to the diamond tonight at 6, hosting Roosevelt.

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