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Team has close game with Klamath Falls, blown out by eventual first- and second-place teams

Softball team goes 0-3 at state tournament.After winning the District 5 championship, the Crook County 10U softball team advanced to the state tournament, which was held at Normandale Park in Portland.

The winner of the state tournament advances to the Little League National Tournament.

Crook County struggled at state, going 0-3 in pool play, failing to advance to the tournament bracket.

Prineville opened the state tournament on Friday, July 12, against a red hot team from South Beaverton and came out on the short end of a 22-0 rout.

The locals got their bats going on Saturday, in their second game, scoring seven runs against Pendleton, but that wasn't enough as Pendleton rolled to a 19-7 win.

Sunday, in the final game of pool play, Crook County was in the game to the end, but came up just short, falling to Klamath Falls 11-8.

South Beaverton went undefeated in pool play, while Pendleton also advanced to bracket play.

In bracket play, South Beaverton defeated the host Beaumont team, which finished second in pool B, 12-2, to advance to the tournament finals.

Pendleton, which went into bracket play as the No. 2 team from pool A, also reached the finals, knocking off Southeast Portland 9-3 in their semifinal game.

That set up a rematch between the two powers in the state finals, with Pendleton getting the better of South Beaverton by a 9-7 score.

With the victory, Pendleton advances to the Little League World Series, which will be held August 7-14 in Portland.

Pendleton will open the World Series with a game on Wednesday, August 7 against Canada.


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