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TUESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Lake Oswego falls in semifinals of Little League World Series at Alpenrose

HOPS

Hillsboro 6, EUGENE 4

The Hops came from behind to take the first of a three-game series between two of the three teams battling for the Class A Northwest League South Division second-half title.

Hillsboro, which won the first half, got a combined six-hitter from five pitchers before a PK Park crowd of 2,353.

The Hops climbed to 36-21 overall and 11-7 in the second half.

Eugene is 23-34, 9-9.

Salem-Keizer lost 9-5 at Boise to slip to 29-28, 9-10.

Games 2 and 3 in the Hops-Ems series are 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Hillsboro then will play three games at Salem-Keizer, Friday through Sunday, before returning home to face Eugene three times, Monday through Wednesday, at Ron Tonkin Field.

Hillsboro's William Gorman opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning.

D.J. Artis of Eugene had a three-run HR in the third, and Fernando Kelli made it a 4-1 Emeralds lead with a homer in the fifth.

The Hops pulled even with three runs in the seventh, all on Andy Yerzy's two-out triple. Two batters later, Yerzy came home on a wild pitch, and Hillsboro was back on top, 5-4.

Joey Rose singled home a run in the ninth for the final margin.

Chester Pimentel then pitched the bottom of the ninth, allowing one hit, for his third save.

Middle reliever Kai-Wei Lin (4-1) got the win. He gave up two hits and one run, with five strikeouts, and worked the fifth and sixth innings.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Rileigh Lang of the team from Wheelersburg, Ohio, gives a fist pump after sliding in with the go-ahead run in the third inning Tuesday en route to a 5-1 victory over River Ridge, La. The victory put Wheelersburg into the finals of the Little League World Series at Alpenrose Stadium.

LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL

Central (Wheelersburg, Ohio) and East (Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania) will meet Wednesday night for the World Series championship at Alpenrose Stadium.

Central defeated Southwest (Eastbank Little League of River Ridge, Louisiana), 5-1, in Tuesday's first semifinal, and East downed the host team from Oregon District 4, Lake Oswego, 6-4, in the nightcap.

Wheelersburg is 4-2 in the tournament; Tunkhannock is 5-1.

The Lake Oswego Majors All-Star team dropped to 3-3.

The title game will start at 7 p.m. Other Wednesday games are at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The opener will have Southeast (Daniel Boone of Gray, Tennessee) versus Asia-Pacific (Bacolod City West of the Philippines). Game 2 will pit West (Kirkland, Washington) and Canada (Layritz of Victoria, British Columbia). The 3 p.m. game will have Lake Oswego meeting Southwest.

Lake Oswego jumped on its opponent from the East on Tuesday with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Brooke Leach and Shelby Moore each had an RBI in the fast start.

But Tunkhannock came back with three runs in the second inning. And a two-run fourth put the East team in front, 5-3. Lake Oswego scored one in the bottom of the fourth. Tunkhannock scored in the sixth, and wound up with 10 hits to six for LO, the last a one-out triple in the sixth.

River River had been the only unbeaten team in the World Series.

Wheelersburg moved ahead in the third inning of the first semifinal, when Maddison Kotcamp's sacrifice fly scored Rileigh Lang.

In the fourth, Ashlee Spencer drove in a run with a grounder.

Wheelersburg finished the scoring on AndiJo Howard's two-run double in the fifth.

"We kept preacing that we needed to score more," Wheelersburg manager Dusty Salyers said. "We needed to keep the pressure on them."

On defense, second baseman Sydney Salyers accounted for the third out in each of the final four frames, and was part of a double play that ended the Louisiana team's threat in the third.

River Ridge had runners on second and third with no out in the fourth, but failed to score.

Howard pitched a complete game, with five strikeouts.

In the early game on Tuesday, Latin America (Cuauhtemoc of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) defeated Europe-Africa (Northwest Czech Republic of Prague), 6-5.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Admission will be free for Western Oregon's home opener, a 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 game against Angelo State.

WINTERHAWKS

Portland's training camp tournament, the Neely Cup, will be played Tuesday through Friday at Moda Center.

Tickets, $5 per day or $15 for all four days, are available through Winterhawks.com or by calling 503-236-4295.

Players will be divided into four teams, this year named after four members of Portland's 1998 Memorial Cup champions: Marian Hossa, Andrew Ference, Todd Robinson and Brenden Morrow.

Scrimmage games are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. (third place) and 10:30 a.m. (championship) on Friday.

The Neely Cup is named each year for former Winterhawks and hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely.

On Aug. 26, the Hawks will scrimmage at the Winterhawks Skating Center from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (free but limited to the first 500 fans), with the Toyota Fun Fest to follow in the Valley Plaza parking lot.

THORNS

Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was named National Women's Soccer League player of the week for Week 20.

Franch made six saves, three on challenging shots from Marta, in a 2-0 Saturday win at Orlando.

This is her second player of the week honor this season. She also received the honor in Week 14.

The NWSL player of the week is selected by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers covering the league on a consistent basis.

The Thorns will play host to the Chicago Red Stars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Providence Park.

• Thorns Meghan Klingenberg and Midge Purce, along with goalkeeping coach Nadine Angerer, will take part Wednesday in a launch event for a limited edition collection produced by Wildfang. The event, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be at Wildfang's store at 404 S.W. 10th Ave.

Ten percent of proceeds from every piece sold will go to New Avenues for Youth, a nonprofit chosen by Thorns FC players and dedicated to ending youth homelessness.

GOLF

With a 3-under-par 69 at Broken Top Club in Bend, Ellie Slama of Salem and Oregon State took a three-stroke lead midway through the 28th Oregon Women's Stroke Play Championship.

Mari Nishiura of Corvallis and Janelle Decker from Tualatin were tied for second.

Gretchn Johnson of Portland was among four golfers tied for fourth one stroke further back at 73.

• The 13th Oregon Super Senior Championship also began a two-day run Tuesday at Broken Top.

The men's leader in the Jack Nicklaus Flight, Denny Taylor of Gladstone, fired a 1-under 71. Four players, including Michael Healy of Lake Oswego, shared second at 75.

Carlton Watson of Bend had a 72 to take a two-shot edge in the Arnold Palmer Flight.

Creswell's Gary Davisson shot 76 to lead Gaylord Davis of Portland by one in the Byron Nelson Flight, with Jim Gibbons of Wilsonville tied for third at 81.

In the Super Senior women's competition, Cindy Anderson of Bend shot 76 at Broken Top for a five-stroke advantage on Nettie Morrison of Bend in the Babe Zaharias Flight.

Carolyn Turner of Medford carded an 81 to lead the Patty Berg Flight by one over Rusty Beckel of Oakl Grove.

• Mateo Fuenmayor of Beaverton's Mountainside High qualified fourth for match play in the two rounds of stroke play at the PNGA Junior Boys' Amateur.

Fuenmayor shot a 3-under 69 on Tuesday, matching his Monday tally, for a 6-under, 138 total at TimberStone Golf Club in Caldwell, Idaho.

Medalist was Drew Warford of Snoqualmie, Washington, with a 66-70—136.

Tabetha Kang of Tigard was Oregon's low scorer and fifth in the PNGA Junior Girls' Amateur stroke-play qualifying. She had a 76 on Monday and a 3-over 75 on Tuesday for a7-over 151 total.

Montgomery Ferreira of Tacoma, Washington, paced the girls with a 2-over 146 (71-75).

Match play begins Wednesday for 16 girls and 32 boys in the championship flights.

WEST COAST LEAGUE

Corvallis 17, KELOWNA 6

The Corvallis Knights scored eight runs in the first inning on seven hits and two Kelowna errors and went on to take a commanding 1-0 lead in the WCL championship series.

Game 2, and Game 3 if necessary, will be played at Corvallis' Goss Stadium.

Trace Tammaro's three-run home run was part of the first-inning outburst by Corvallis, which edged the Portland Pickles twice in extra innings in the league semifinals last week. Tammaro was a freshman this year at the University of Portland.

The Knights' starting pitcher, Kolby Somers (University of Oregon, ex-Century High) worked five innings, giving up eight hits and two runs.

Corvallis catcher Zak Taylor (Oregon State) was 3 fo 6 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

UP outfielder Cody Hawken went 2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for the Knights.

Corvallis finished with 21 hits. Kelowna had 16.


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