Jefferson County majors baseball was the beneficiary of a first-round bye in the Oregon District 5 All-Star Tournament last Saturday in Redmond.
They watched The Dalles and John Day River slug it out, with The Dalles. The Dalles went on to beat Jefferson County 11-3 Sunday, before Jefferson County picked up wins over Hood River Valley and Sisters in the following two days.
In the early going, the game had the look of a defensive duel. Dru Boyle got the start for Madras, and after The Dalles loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, Boyle struck out Nathan Hedges for the third out and stranded two baserunners.
On the other side, The Dalles starting pitcher Kade Wilson surrendered two hits to Jefferson County in the first two innings, but also struck out five batters.
The Dalles broke through in the third inning when Braden Schwartz hit an RBI single, scoring Wilson from third. It was the start of an offensive surge from The Dalles.
To lead off the fourth, Hedges hit a solo home run, increasing his team's lead 2-0 over Jefferson County. The Dalles then loaded up the bases and increased its lead with a couple of two-RBI hits. Hedges added another RBI and broke his bat in the process to increase the lead 7-0.
Jefferson County responded in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Ayden Holcomb hit an RBI double to score Conner Flu from third. Holcomb then reached third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there as the next batter grounded out. They tacked on one apiece in the fifth and sixth innings, but weren't able to string many hits together.
The next afternoon however, Jefferson County majors bounced back with a convincing 18-0 defeat over Hood River Valley to stay alive in the double elimination tournament.
Jefferson County starting pitcher Tristen Symons was credited with the shutout win, and also hit a home run.
Boyle, Flu and Logan Macy also hit home runs, while a handful of other players got on base with hits, Jefferson County manager Jason Hertel said.
In their following game Tuesday morning, Jefferson County trailed Sisters 5-0 after one inning, but came back to win 15-8 and move closer to the championship game.
Boyle led Jefferson County with two home runs, and helped spark Jefferson County to score nine runs in the third inning and take an 11-5 lead.
Jefferson County plays the loser of Bend South and Redmond Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Jefferson County minors
In the team's opening game Saturday morning, Jefferson County fell in a quick 8-0 hole against Bend North and went on to lose 34-0.
But, just as their older counterparts did, the 8-10 boys responded from the defeat the next two days with a pair of wins. Jefferson County knocked off Crook County by a 17-7 margin on Monday, and earned a game against South Central Tuesday morning.
Jefferson County beat South Central 15-8 and moved on to face the loser of Bend North and Bend South in the semfinals, to be played Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Houston Wittenburg pithced a solid game as starter, and Jace Silbernagel hit a home run for Jefferson County.
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