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Junior Baseball summer youth leagues close out regular season, move toward July tournament play

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Ashton Harms waits for a throw at first base during a Senior National game earlier this season.

The Barlow Senior National baseball team scored a 13-3 win over Corbett in its final league game Monday night.

The Bruins hit the five-run limit in the first inning when Ransom Lorenzen and Aiden Hiatt scored on wild pitches, and Relin Vaughn hit an RBI-single to right field.

Barlow hit the five-run maximum again in the fourth inning, highlighted by Alex Albrecht's bases-clearing double to center field.

Mac Garrett and Gus Leone came up with hits for Corbett.

Barlow starter C.J. Keith struck out four batters through the first two innings, while Albrecht closed out the fifth inning by striking out two of the three hitters he faced.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlow Senior National Manager Chris Keith takes his spot in the third-base coaches box.

The Bruins finished with a 13-5 record heading into the county tournament July 12-14, hosted by Reynolds High School.

The younger age groups head to their county playoffs this weekend. Corbett is the No. 2 seed in the Minor Nationals in Silverton, while an undefeated Corbett squad is the No. 1 seed for the Junior Nationals at Colton Middle School, and Reynolds is the No. 3 seed for the Junior American tourney also in Silverton.

Thunderstorm stops game in first inning

The Mt. Hood Select Silver team grabbed the early lead only to see Sandy rush back in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday night.

The Mt. Hood squad would not get a chance to respond when umpires spotted lightning in the sky, delaying the game in the top of the second inning. The passing thunderstorm drenched the area and prevented the teams from rejoining the game.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood Select Silver catcher Benjamin Lunceford returns to the dugout after a strikeout ended the first inning of Wednesdays suspended game in Sandy due to thunderstorms.

The Select squad struck first when B. Windham earned his way on base after being hit by a pitch to lead the game. He stole his way around to third base, then sprinted home on a passed ball with two outs.

Sandy answered with a two-out rally that saw five consecutive walks to take a 4-1 lead after one inning. Mt. Hood starter Matthew Alexander struck out the last batter to strand a pair of runners in scoring position.

Mt. Hood Select Gold beats La Salle

The Mt. Hood Select Gold team pushed across runs in each of the first three innings on its way to a 7-4 win over a combined team from LaSalle Prep and Rex Putnam.

The Select squad got out to a 4-0 first-inning lead sparked by Elijah Heacock's two-run single to center field. Mt. Hood extended to a 7-0 lead in the third inning after Jack Poirier sent a sacrifice fly ball to center.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood Gold manager Eric Fogle visits the mound for his squad that improved to 15-4 this summer.

La Salle/Putnam managed only one base runner through the first three innings. Mt. Hood starter Heacock struck out three while pitching into the fourth inning, and closer Kyle Tolvstad struck out four more in the late innings.

Christian Thompson led the Mt. Hood bats by going 2-for-3 with a double.

The Gold team improved to 15-4 on the season.

Mt. Hood 19U defeats NW Star

The Mt. Hood Select 19U squad scored a 12-2 mercy rule win over Northwest Star Academy last weekend, bringing the game to a halt with a six-run spurt in the fifth inning.

Northwest Star jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first at-bats, only to see Mt. Hood pull in front on Sam Blankenship's two-run bouncer through the middle in the second inning.

Mt. Hood put the game away when Yoon Saechao sent a fly ball single to left field and Logan Travis doubled to center to start the fifth inning. Kyle Fitzgerald scored on a wild pitch to end the night on the 10-run rule.

Blankenship hit 2-for-2 and drew a walk out of the No. 9 spot in the order, scoring three times and knocking in three runs. Travis also finished with multiple hits, while Cam Nolander connected for a triple, and Evan Olson also found his way home three times.

Travis went the distance on the mound, striking out three and giving up five hits.


Check out photos from summer baseball events at www.davidball.smugmug.com.


These recaps are slated for our Friday, June 28, print edition.


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