They fall just short of winning the county title

by: SUBMITTED - The youngsters on Doug ODells Putnam 9-10 baseball team did themselves proud at the recent Clackamas County Junior Baseball Midget National Championship Tournament, earning runner-up honors. Pictured are the players and coaches on the standout team: (first row, left to right) Noah Perkins, Michael ODell, Braedon Nall, Riley Fritz, Mason Williams and Owen Lundgren; (second row) Braedon Akers, Miles Williams, Konner Bickford, Mason Eads, Walker ODell and Parker Read; and (back) coach Mike Read, coach David Eads and head coach Doug ODell.Putnam Midget Nationals did their community proud this spring and summer, going 11-3 and winning their county league, and following that up with a runner-up finish at the recent Midget National County Championship Baseball Tournament.

The young Kingsmen came close to bringing home a county title, dropping a 15-14 heartbreaker to Gladstone in the county title game.

“We probably would have won if it were not for a tremendous defensive play by one of their kids in the bottom of the fourth inning [of the championship game],” said Putnam coach Doug O’Dell. “We had two guys on when one of their outfielders made a great running catch.”

The Kingsmen advanced to the county final through a 15-1 route of North Marion and a 7-6 win over Oregon City.

“These kids have been a lot of fun to coach,” said O’Dell. “They take direction well.”

He said that pitching has been a key to his Kingsmen’s success this year.

“Our pitching has improved a lot since the first of the year,” O’Dell said. “The kids are throwing more strikes and giving up fewer walks.”

He singled out Miles Williams (pitcher/shortstop/first base), Braedon Nall (pitcher/first base) and Noah Perkins (pitcher/second base) for standout pitching.

Rounding out the team are: Braedon Akers (outfield), Konner Bickford (outfield/second base), Mason Eads (third base/shortstop), Riley Fritz (catcher/second base), Owen Lundgren (shortstop), Michael O’Dell (first base/outfield), Walker O’Dell (outfield/third base), Parker Read (second base/catcher) and Mason Williams (outfield).

Read, 7, was the youngest player on the team, which included only four 10-year-olds — Michael and Walker O’Dell, and Mason and Miles Williams.

David Eads and Mike Read assisted Doug O’Dell in coaching the team.

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