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LITTLE LEAGUE: Raiders take an early lead before dropping opener to Southeast Portland

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Reynolds starting pitcher Memphis Hughes struck out three batters during the Raiders 15-5 loss to Southeast Portland on Saturday.

District 2 minors (first round)

Team Score
Southeast Portland
Reynolds ... 4 innings

TROUTDALE — The Reynolds all-stars held the upper hand early before giving way to Southeast Portland 15-5 in the first round of the District 2 Minors (ages 11U) Little League tournament Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders put the first two runs on the scoreboard when Junior Marshall drew a bases-loaded walk, and Wyatt Tindall slide home on a wild pitch.

Reynolds maintained the lead when starting pitcher Memphis Hughes snagged a bouncer in front of the mound and made a toss to Morgan Cox at first base to strand the go-ahead run on base.

The Raiders took a 3-1 lead in the second inning when Nathan McCreight drew a lead-off walk, and Carter Page was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat. Page stole second base, which distracted the defense, allowing McCreight to come home unchallenged.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - The Raiders Ivan Figueroa snags a ground ball near third base.

Reynolds retired the side in order in the bottom of the second with Hughes striking out back-to-back batters, and Cox tracking down a slow roller on the first-base side for the third out.

Southeast Portland charged in front with a seven-run burst in the third inning, highlighted by Isaac Schmeer's two-run single to left field. Teammates Sacha Kory, Gabe Pollack and Jaco Rivers put together consecutive hits in the burst, as well.

Reynolds worked to get back within 8-5 in the fourth, highlighted when McCreight put a ground ball in play and cycled the bases all the way home on a pair of Southeast throwing errors.

Southeast put the game away with another seven-run scoring spree in the bottom of the inning, bringing the game to a close on the 10-run rule after a pair of runs scored on an infield fly.

Southeast pitchers Cael Balderson and Pollack each struck out four batters.

Reynolds stayed alive in elimination play in the four-team bracket with a 26-20 win over Taborvilla on Sunday.

The District 2 title game is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Reynolds Little League.

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