Beaverton-Aloha Little League showing out and proving on the state stage with chemistry, defense

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Beaverton-Aloha pitcher Kaden Kingsbury and the 12U All-Stars have been on a tear at the state tournament this week.

So far, so good for Beaverton-Aloha Little League.

The Majors All-Star squad — made up of 11 and 12-year-old youngsters from both Beaverton and Aloha — won its first two games of the Oregon State Little League tournament on Saturday and Sunday to advance to the quarterfinal series against Sprague Little League beginning on Tuesday at Pioneer Park in La Grande. Continuing the hot streak, Beaverton-Aloha beat Sprague 7-1 and will play a to be determined opponent Thursday at 2 p.m. Should Beaverton-Aloha advance the decisive championship game will follow on Thursday at 5 p.m.

To begin the tournament, Beaverton-Aloha beat Clackamas, 8-3, and then took took out Willshire/Riverside 10-1.

"The boys have played great together and because there is such a strong bond between the entire team, they are having a blast playing with and especially for each other," Beaverton-Aloha head coach Asa Altmark said. "The approach for the rest of the week is really no different than it has been since mid-June.  Have fun together, get plenty of rest and try and make sure the boys are relaxed out on the field and just play the way they know they can."

Altmark noted it's been Beaverton-Aloha's entire roster that's chipped into the team's success to this point in the tournament. Defensively, the 12U team has been dialed in with shortstop Eric Altmark, centerfielder Nate Foster, second baseman Kohlgen Rupe and third baseman Edgar Angeles leading the way.

"I wouldn't say anyone has really stood out above the rest of the team," Altmark said. "We've had a good pitching, timely hitting by a bunch of players and great defense in the infield and outfield. Our pitchers haven't been overly dominant but they are locating the ball real well and our defense is pretty much getting to everything put in play. I would say our pitchers are definitely giving us a chance but the overall defense has been the driving force."

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