11U All Stars dominate in state championship
The Lake Oswego 11U All Star baseball team won the Oregon Little League Championship in dominating fashion last week, beating West Salem 20-0.
The Lakers didn't advance to regionals, but only because state is the limit for 11U. Lake Oswego scored seven runs in the first inning and 10 in the second inning, leaving little doubt about the outcome. Pitcher Declan Francis, who threw a shutout, got it done at the plate as well, going 4 for 4 with five RBIs and a three-run home run. Charlie Goodwin added a solo home run of his own in the lopsided victory.
"West Salem was playing their sixth game in six days after coming through the losers' bracket. We knew that they were a little thin on pitching, and (we) really wanted to put runs on the board early in the game," said head coach Rand Smith. "The kids came to the plate with an aggressive mindset, and the hitting really became contagious."
Ten different players scored for the Lakers in the championship game, capping an impressive run through the playoffs. The Lake Oswego 11U All Star team went 8-1 in the postseason, including the District 4 and State tournaments.
"The strength of our team all post-season has been our depth," Smith said. "After winning the come-from-behind game against Bend North, the team was playing with a lot of confidence.
"The team was very excited to win State after winning an always-tough District 4. The key to our success was the depth of our hitting and pitching and our team chemistry. The boys really compete and love playing for the teammate next to them. The energy in the dugout all post-season was awesome."