Cardinals claim Junior National crown
JBO COUNTY PLAYOFFS
Junior National title game
Corbett's Junior National baseball team continues to roll through the summer, staying unbeaten after claiming the county tournament title last weekend in Colton.
The Cardinals finished off their four-game run with back-to-back wins over Estacada, including a 17-8 victory in Sunday's finale.
Alex Kinnear hit a pair of home runs in the title game, while Brock Boening collected all three outs at second base during one inning.
"They've put in a lot of hard work and we've been teaching them the little things about baseball — backing up play, smart base running, being in the right position so you aren't giving up extra runs," Corbett manager Travis Van Hee said.
Corbett rallied from down 8-3 early in the game, holding Estacada scoreless down the stretch behind the pitching of Lincoln Merrill.
The Cardinals' biggest challenge came in its opener — an 8-7 win over Tualatin that saw Corbett comeback from five runs down.
"We were a little slow getting our bats going, but getting that win was huge," Van Hee said. "If you lose early it takes a lot of games to win the tournament, so that early win saved a lot of our pitching."
The Cardinals trailed heading into their final at-bats when Merill smacked a hit that scored Turner Van Hee with the winning run in the sixth inning.
The Corbett squad improved to 24-0 for the summer, also winning the Red Hawk Invitational in Albany in early June.
Other members of the team are Casey Burbach, Owen Clark, Zane Davis, Wyatt Goodloe, Nick Hjelm, Jeffrey Johnson, Caiden McHenry, Flynn Parrish and Owen Walker.
The Cardinals advance to play in the eight-team state tournament Friday-Sunday, July 12-14, in Lebanon.
Corbett's Minor National team came in second in its county playoffs, picking up early wins over Milwaukie and Oregon City before landing in what amounted to a three-game championship series against Estacada. The Rangers took two of the three, including a 16-10 win in the finale.
Corbett advances to the minors state tournament also played July 12-14, at North Clackamas Park in Milwaukie.
This story is slated for our Friday, July 5, print edition.
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