A six-run first inning sets the tone for Centennials 13-10 district championship victory.

by: GRESHAM OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Centennial starter Frankie Porter Jr., lets loose with a pitch during Wednesdays 13-10 championship win over Barlow. Centennial pushed away a threat in the middle innings Wednesday night to claim a 13-10 win over Barlow and claim the District 2 rookies (ages 9-10) Little League crown.

The Eagles were ready to run away with an easy win after batting through the order and putting up six runs in the first inning. The team had four extra-base hits in the inning.

Barlow stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to two runs.

Barlow was one strike away from keeping the score frozen in the fifth inning only to see Centennial’s Andres Montes-Lewis smash a line-drive that cleared the center-field fence before you could shout home run. The two-run shot extended the lead to 11-7.

Montes-Lewis finished 4-for-4 at the plate — three of them going for extra bases.

Barlow brought one run across the plate in its final at-bats, but the tying run stayed in the on-deck circle after Centennial reliever Zachary Budworth came on to strike out the only batter he would face.

Centennial went unbeaten in its four district games and advances to play at the rookies state tournament beginning Saturday, July 27, in Salem.

Look for extended championship game coverage in the Friday, July 19, print edition.

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