Clackamas earns second place at JBO Midget American tournament
BEAVERTON -- Tylan Broadus hit a one-out double and came around to score the go-ahead run in a three-run fourth inning that helped carry Central to a 6-4 win over Clackamas in Sunday's championship final of the Junior Baseball Organization Midget American tournament at the International School of Beaverton.
Clackamas pushed home a run in the fifth and brought the potential tying run to the plate with none out before Central reliever Josh Rech retired the next three batters on a strikeout, a pop out to first, and a game-ending strikeout.
Clackamas catcher Cal Gradwahl was presented with the tournament's Sportsmanship Award after the Cavaliers dropped 12-4 decision to Central of Independence in the semifinals and then won three consecutive consolation games to earn a rematch with Central in Sunday's final.
"It's just unbelievable," said Clackamas coach Chad Gradwahl, who team included two fourth-graders and nine third-graders. "These guys played with their hearts, coming back through the losers' bracket to get here.
"We were out of pitching and we had kids go out there who don't pitch as much as some of the other kids and they just played awesome. Central is an unbelievable team, but we rallied in the last inning and made a ballgame out of it, so I'm super-proud of these kids."
Tied at 2-2, Central turned the double by Broadus, a single by J.T. Girod, and a walk by Jace O'Malley into three runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Clackamas got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Jack Kiesel led off with a single and scored on Ashton Church's double to the gap in right-center to cut Central's lead to 5-3.
In the fifth, Central's Moe Garcia reached on a two-out, infield single and came around on a throwing error to push the lead to 6-3.
Andrew Eubanks led off the Clackamas fifth with a single, stole second and third, and then scored Cyrus Eaton's bunt single back to the pitcher's mound.