Reynolds all-stars split first two at district
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
District 2 minors (first round)
|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.
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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This story is slated for our Tuesday, July 9, print edition.
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