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The two local teams battle through a 3-2 classic in the Sunday championship game

COURTESY PHOTO - The Lakeridge 12U (left) and Lakeridge 11U teams pose with their medals after the 12U team beat the 11U team 3-2 in the championship of the 12U Firecracker Classic at Walga Park _ East on Sunday, July 7.It was only fitting.

It was only fitting that the championship game in the first 12U Lakeridge Firecracker Classic tournament came down to a battle between two of Lakeridge's top youth baseball teams.

Matched up on Sunday, July 7, at Waluga Park — East, the Lakeridge 12U team knocked off the Lakeridge 11U team 3-2 to take the tournament title.

"They played strong, beating us early in one of the pool play games, and they continued to play strong to face us again in the final," said Lakeridge 12U coach Brian Dunn.

On its way to the tournament title, the Lakeridge 12U team lost its opener 4-1 to the Lakeridge 11U team on Friday, July 5, beat the South Salem Saxons Blue 5-2 later on Friday, dropped a 10-5 decision to Wilsonville Federal on Saturday, July 6, then got hot on Sunday, July 7, beating Lower Columbia Greenfield 11-1, Gresham 11U 5-2, and finally, Lakeridge 11U 3-2 in the title contest.

Championship game highlights for the Lakeridge 12U team included: Oliver Ginebra hit a home run over the right field fence; starting pitcher Miles Jeffries, went almost five innings, using his effective curve ball to limit the Lakeridge 11U team to just three hits; Ossie Dunn and Luke Allen both hit doubles; and Casen Emmett went 2 for 3 at the plate.

The Lakeridge 11U team had its moments, too, with highlights including: Jaden Tregesser went 2 for 3 at the plate; Caden Gerritz and Jonny King both came through with clutch hits; five pitchers teamed up to limit the Lakeridge 12U team to six hits; and the Lakeridge 11U team played errorless defense.

In its other games, the Lakeridge 11U team lost to the GB Diamond Crew 4-1 on Friday, beat the Lower Columbia All-Stars 4-2 on Saturday, and beat the South Salem Saxons Blue 15-0 and Wilsonville Federal 8-5 on Sunday.

Dunn also gave a shout out to tournament director Eric Ginebra, who "worked hard to put together this first tournament that is sure to become an annual tradition on our new turf fields at Waluga Park."

Dunn also complimented the performances by trumpet player Joel Riddell (a 1986 Lakeridge graduate), who performed the Star Spangled Banner live in the opening ceremonies before each game.

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