Lake Oswego 11U stars win second straight state baseball crown
The Lake Oswego 11U Little League baseball all-star team capped another outstanding postseason by winning a second straight state championship at the end of July.
The young Lakers ended their 2019 summer season run by beating Sprague 6-3 on Thursday, July 25, in Klamath Falls to clinch their second consecutive state title.
In the finale, Merik Adler threw 5 2/3 innings, striking out three and scattering seven hits for the Lakers while the offense got hits from Adler, Quinn Passon, Wyatt Sturgeon and Hudson Hammersley. Relief pitcher Kellan Sheldon then came on to close the door on a late Sprague rally.
An outstanding performance by pitcher Chase Kelly in the semifinals assured LO a second championship-game appearance in as many years, defeating Sprague 2-1 with Kelly throwing 4 2/3 innings, striking out nine and giving up only three hits.
Before that, the Lakers used exceptional pitching to win the District 4 title and a state tournament berth by defeating Wilsonville 9-1 on July 13 in front of a full house at Cook Park in Tigard.
Sheldon pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing no runs and scattering five hits. He was supported by an offensive barrage that included four hits from Sawyer Best and RBIs from Alex Trojan, Sturgeon, Ryder Lemm and Adler.
As expected, LO brought a balanced attack to the state tournament. The Lakers' pitching remained dominant in Klamath Falls, allowing only five runs through the four games the team played. Adler, Kelly, Sheldon, Best, Trojan and Hammersley all pitched during the tournament.
The Lakers' four-win state title run also featured table-setting hits and strong defensive play from Isaac Cho, Nicholas Nazemi and J.J. Komitor.
"What a way to end an incredible week," manager Chris Kelly said after the state championship game. "Spending the week with these amazing families has created memories I will never forget. LO is a special community, giving our boys so much love and support over the season. It is an honor to bring home another banner to Westlake (Park)."
This year's team was managed by Kelly with Grant Hammersley and Andy Trojan serving as coaches.
The Lakers will look to build on their success next season at the 12U level; should they do so, they would earn a berth to the Little League Northwest Regionals in San Bernardino, California. The regional winners earn a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, next August.
Lake Oswego last appeared in the LLWS in 2007.
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