SELLWOOD — Estacada's Senior American squad remained in the playoff picture after scoring its biggest total of the summer in a 27-11 win over Cleveland.
The Rangers stopped a Cleveland rally in the third inning when Cory James dived forward to snag a catch out of the dirt at shortstop, and teammate Victor Vazquez caught a fly ball in right field for the third out.
Cleveland loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but once again Vazquez came up with a catch to end the inning and prevent Cleveland from closing the gap.
The Rangers put the game out of reach in the fifth when James smacked a deep line drive to the right field gap that bounced past a pair of yellow shirts. James got all the way around the bases for a two-run homer, and Estacada ended the fifth in charge 11-3.
Andrew Riedel pitched into the fifth inning before being relieved by Tucker Jackson, who prompted a pop up to Waylon Riedel at third base that stranded yet another Warrior in scoring position.
Estacada (11-5) enters the week tied with Lakeridge for third place in its Junior Baseball division. The Rangers missed a chance to climb into second place after a 5-3 home loss to Rex Putnam last Thursday.
Estacada plays at Lakeridge at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Westlake Park before closing out the regular season at home at 6 p.m. Thursday against Cleveland's B team.
Estacada's Junior National team finished the regular season on a three-game win streak capped by Thursday's 11-8 home win over Woodburn. The Rangers won their division with a 14-2 regular-season record.
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This story is slated for our June 20, print edition.
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