The All-Stars Little League tournament wrapped things up and teams headed home after a week's worth of baseball and softball.
Madras hosted the District 5 All-Star Tournament and opening ceremonies started Friday, June 21. The fields were packed and parents and fans enjoyed food carts, kids activity center and great baseball and softball.
Two teams from Jefferson County made it to the championship game: the Warm Springs Nation majors softball team and the Jefferson County minors softball team both made it to the final game of the tournament.
The Warm Springs Nation majors team started the tournament off beating Bend South 13-3 and Sisters 19-2. They faced a tough Redmond team next and lost 15-5.
Warm Springs defeated Bend North to have another shot at Redmond in the championship game. They fought hard, but lost a very close 4-3 game.
The Jefferson County minors softball team lost their first game to Crook County 13-11, but bounced back to beat Redmond 26-7. They defeated Bend North in a back-and-forth game, 22-21 and beat Bend South to make it to the championship game.
In the final game, Jefferson County couldn't get past the Cowgirls and took second place at the tournament.
"The tournament was a great success," Jefferson County Little League President Stacy Lacey said. "Opening ceremonies on Friday at the high school was a great way to start the week. Announcing all 38 teams and having the local VFW provide a very nice flag ceremony followed, with the national anthem and the Little League Pledge."
"Games were played on five fields at Juniper Hills and the varsity field at the high school," she said. "The first three days were very active, with constant games being played all day. The new concessions were in place, food vendors on site and the kids activity area at Juniper Hills, as well as visitors' camping onsite.
"Games lasted through Thursday, with some games being held up or rescheduled for the next day due to the storms that moved through," said Lacey.
The Warm Springs minors softball team lost their first two games of the tournament and the Jefferson County majors team lost two games and won a game by forfeit.
Bend North took first place in the juniors, majors and minors baseball brackets, while Bend South won the ages 9-11 bracket.
The Redmond juniors softball team was the only team in their bracket, taking first place.
"We could not have had such a successful tournament without the amazing volunteers that helped throughout," Lacey said. "Arriving early to prep the fields, running the concessions, directing traffic, cleaning restrooms, taking care of all of the support staff and quickly prepping fields between each game, staying late to insure the 'magic cleaning fairies' as one visitor put it, provided a clean park ready for the next day."
"Over and over again, myself and other volunteers heard positive feedback on the amazing complex and that many would like to see the tournament here every year," she said. "Having the new concession and restrooms in place in time for the tournament was amazing, we can not thank the city, county, the Bean Foundation, softball and many others enough for their support in making that happen. Having the kids activity area provided by the MAC, Kids Club and the Bean Foundation was also a huge attraction and added to the overall success of the tournament."
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