Pickles edge Sweets at Walker Stadium
PORTLAND 5, Walla Walla 4
Before 2,177 fans at Walker Stadium, the Pickles opened their next-to-last home series with a nail-biting West Coast League victory over the Sweets.
Portland trailed 2-0 after 1.5 innings, took a 5-2 advantage with a four-run fourth, then gave up single runs in the fifth and eighth.
Walla Walla drew a two-out walk in the ninth before Timothy Post (Columbia) got Cesar Lopez to hit a game-ending fly out and earned his first save of the wood-bat summer season.
Post did not allow a hit during his two-inning stint. He had the one walk and two strikeouts.
Portland, which had just been swept on the road by the Wenatchee AppleSox, outhit the Sweets 9-7 and got one RBI each from Chase Luttrell (Long Beach State), Jonathan Kelly (Xavier, ex-West Linn High) and Gabe Skoro (University of Portland, ex-Lincoln High).
Portland starter Calvin Schapira (1-2), from USC, picked up the win, going 4.2 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.
Pickles leadoff man John Jensen (UC Irvine) was 3 for 4 with a double.
Kelly's double scored Thomas Rudinsky (Lane Community College, ex-Lincoln High) in the second inning to get the Pickles to within 2-1.
Luttrell and Skoro had run-scoring singles in the fourth, and Kyle Valazquez (Saint Mary's) scored on a passed ball.
With the Corvallis Knights falling 3-2 at home to the Bend Elks, and with the Cowlitz Black Bears losing 12-3 at the Victoria HarbourCats, the WCL South Division second-half race grew a bit tighter.
Corvallis, the first-half division champion, leads at 11-4. Cowlitz and Portland are tied for second at 9-7, with 11 regular-season games remaining.
Walla Walla is fifth in the division at 6-9.
Game 2 of the three-game series is 7 p.m. Wednesday, with the finale at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Oregon teammates Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard helped the United States take the gold medal in the first Pan-American Games women's 3x3 tournament.
Teaming with Connecticut players Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Christyn Williams, the Ducks helped Team USA go 7-0 in Lima, Peru.
In the 21-17 win over Argentina in the gold-medal game, Ionescu and Hebard scored seven points apiece.
In the semifinals, the United States beat Brazil 21-5, with Ionescu hitting 4 of 5 2-pointers from behind the arc and scoring a team-high nine pTUES oints.
For the first time, 3x3 will be part of the Olympics next summer, but the USA women have not yet qualified for the Olympics.
Portland forward Seth Jarvis is one of 22 players selected to Team Canada for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, an international tournament for players under 18.
The tournament will take place Aug. 5-10 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Jarvis was named to Team Canada at the end of a five-day selection camp involving 44 players.
Winterhawks teammate Cross Hanas will play for the United States at the tournament.
Simon Knak, who will join the Winterhawks this year, is trying out for Switzerland's team — which he captained last year.
Jarvis recently played for the Canada Red team at the World under-17 Hockey Challenge. As a Western Hockey League rookie, he had 39 points for Portland.
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