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It was a sunny weekend of fun in Madras, as 40 teams from around Central Oregon came to town for Little League All-Stars.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - The Jefferson County Little League juniors baseball team will be advancing to state after taking second place in the Oregon District 5 tournament at Madras High School. From left, Danny Jackson, Caleb Shank and Dominic Hessel are all smiles after receiving their silver medals.

When it comes to Little League sports, only one thing truly matters: fun.

To that end, there was plenty of fun being had this past weekend in Madras, as the city played host to seven separate tournaments that made up the Oregon District 5 Little League All-Stars series.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Lynnelle Danzuka of the Warm Springs Nation majors softball team connects for a hit against Crook County during the first game of the Oregon District 5 Little League All-Stars tournament on June 25.It was nearly perfect weather to play baseball and softball — though temperatures in the high-90s had spectators running for any spare sliver of shade over the weekend. Still, with local vendors galore and concessions at the ready, the tournaments have been an enjoyable way to soak in some sun. Games began on Saturday, June 25, and while some brackets are already done and dusted, games will continue to run all the way through Thursday, June 30, and potentially into Friday, July 1.

The tournaments brought teams from nine Little League organizations around Central Oregon — Bend North, Bend South, Crook County, Hood River Valley, Jefferson County, Redmond, Sisters, The Dalles and Warm Springs Nation — to Madras for the weeklong event. Most games were played at Juniper Hills Park in East Madras, while the juniors baseball division set up shop at the Madras High School baseball field.

Here is a look at how each of the local teams from Jefferson County and Warm Springs Nation fared in the seven district tournaments:

Juniors Baseball

While Jefferson County Little League put a team into the juniors bracket, Warm Springs Nation did not. The JCLL squad went 2-2 in the tournament, beating Redmond in the opening round on Saturday, June 25, before falling to Bend North the following day. Jefferson County picked up the pieces and returned to the field later on Sunday, beating Redmond again to advance to a Monday rematch with Bend North as part of the championship series. JCLL would need to beat Bend North twice in order to win the tournament, but the hometown boys had those hopes dashed on Monday morning. After leading for most of the game, JCLL surrendered nine runs to Bend North in the bottom of the sixth inning — which turned a 4-3 lead for Jefferson County into a 12-4 deficit. JCLL was unable to plate any runs in the top of the seventh, giving Bend North the championship.

This is not the end of the line for the Jefferson County juniors baseball team. While Bend North advances directly to the Little League Regional Tournament, which is being hosted in Bend this August, the JCLL boys will compete in the state tournament in Prineville, which will begin July 22.

Juniors Softball

Neither Jefferson County nor Warm Springs Nation entered a team into this bracket. In fact, there were only two teams competing in this division. Crook County defeated Redmond twice to claim the title.

Majors Baseball

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - EJ Denny of the Warm Springs Nation majors baseball team throws a pitch against Hood River Valley.Jefferson County and Warm Springs Nation had tough times in this field, with both going 0-2 on Saturday and Sunday. Jefferson County fell to The Dalles in the opening game of the bracket, while Warm Springs was beaten by Redmond. On Sunday, both teams were back in action but still struggled with their out-of-town opponents. Bend South eliminated the JCLL team on Sunday morning, while Warm Springs was taken out of the tournament by Hood River Valley in the following game.

Majors Softball (UPDATED: 6/29/2022)

This is the division in which a local team made it to Tuesday. After falling to Crook County in an exciting 14-12 game that went down to the wire on Sunday, Jefferson County came back on Monday to beat Sisters 7-4 in an elimination game. Warm Springs Nation, meanwhile, was knocked out of the bracket after suffering losses to Crook County and Bend North on consecutive days.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Sydney Mitchell pitches from the circle during the JCLL majors softball team's game against Crook County.The JCLL team took on Bend North on Tuesday evening, in a game that ended up being a back-and-forth affair. The hometown girls took an early 2-1 lead, but Bend North responded with a few big innings that blew the lead out to 10-3. Jefferson County stormed back with a big inning that was capped off by a two-RBI double by Gabby Terrazas to make it a one-run game. Bend North added seven runs in the next frame, but the JCLL team battled back to make it a 17-13 game going into the sixth. The visitors answered back once again, putting the game out of reach with another eight-run inning. Still, the JCLL girls showed plenty of heart and grit as they battled all the way to the finish line to finish fourth place in the bracket.

Minors (9-11) Baseball

Warm Springs Nation put a team into this bracket, but Jefferson County did not. The Warm Springs team fell to Crook County in the opening game on Saturday afternoon, before being knocked out on Sunday by The Dalles.

Minors (9-11) Softball There were no registered softball teams in this age group from any of the nine organizations; as such, District 5 did not put on a tournament for this division.

Minors (8-10) Baseball

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Damian Salgado-Barajas catches a ball behind the plate for the JCLL minors (8-10) baseball team during their game against Crook County on Sunday, June 26.Jefferson County entered into the eight-team bracket, but Warm Springs Nation did not. JCLL dropped its first game against Hood River Valley on Saturday and were relegated to the consolation bracket. There, the team's offense came alive a bit — but not enough to hold back Crook County, which eliminated the hometown team on Sunday morning.

Minors (8-10) Softball

Jefferson County had a team in this bracket, while Warm Springs sat this one out. After falling to Bend North in the 11:30 a.m. timeslot on Saturday, the JCLL girls came back later that afternoon to defeat Crook County in the consolation round. The following day, Redmond knocked Jefferson County out of the tournament.


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