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West Linn Knights win Wild Wild West League title; Blazers creep closer to Memphis in NBA bubble

• Wild Wild West baseball playoffs — The West Linn Knights rallied from a seventh-inning deficit Sunday to beat the Portland Pickles, 8-7, in the championship game of the summer collegiate wood-bat league.

The title game concluded about four weeks of baseball in front of crowds limited to 200 fans at North Marion High in Aurora.

After falling behind by a run in the top of the seventh, the Knighs scored twice in the bottom of the inning thanks to singles from Jake Holcroft, Andy Armstrong, Briley Knight and Jake Dukart. A two-run home run by Taylor Holder extended the lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the eighth.

The Pickles made it interesting in the top of the ninth. With one out, Zach Morgan belted a two-run home run. Gabe Skoro, who went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, followed with a base hit. But West Linn pitcher Jacob Dobmeier got a strikeout and flyout to end the game.

Knight went 2 for 3 with a home run, Armstrong went 3 for 4, Holcroft 2 for 5 and James Anderson hit a solo homer as West Linn pounded 12 hits.

For the Pickles, Morgan was 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBI, Kenyon Yovan 1 for 2 with a double and three runs, and Lucas Gregory 2 for 3.

Cole Stringer pitched 2 2/3 innings to earn the win, one of four pitchers for West Linn. Alex Giroux was the losing pitcher in relief of Aaron Davenport, who pitched six innings.

Holcroft (University of Portland) was voted league MVP, Skoro (University of Portland) was the Pickles MVP and Cooper Barnum (Washington State) of the Knights' was selected the league's outstanding pitcher.

• NBA Sunday — The race for the final spot in the Western Conference is down to four teams. Portland's win over Philadelphia, a tense 124-121 victory, and San Antonio's win over New Orleans, mean that New Orleans and Sacramento cannot make the playoffs.

The Blazers are again one-half game behind Memphis, which lost to Toronto Sunday. San Antonio is a half-game behind Portland in 10th and Phoenix one game back of the Blazers.

The race for eighth and ninth

Memphis 33-38

Portland 33-39

San Antonio 31-38

Phoenix 31-39

Blazers in the Bubble

Portland 140, Memphis 135 (OT)

Boston 128, Portland 124

Portland 110, Houston 102

Portland 125, Denver 115

L.A. Clippers 122, Portland 117

Portland 124, Philadelphia, 121

Tuesday, Aug. 11, vs. Dallas, 2 p.m. (NBCSNW)

Thursday, Aug. 13, vs. Brooklyn, time TBD (NBCSNW)

Western Conference play-in games

Saturday, Aug. 15, No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed, 11:30 a.m. (ABC/KATU)

Sunday, Aug. 16, No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN). Only played if No. 9 seed wins Saturday.

Sunday games: Oklahoma City 121, Washington 103; Toronto 108, Memphis 99; San Antonio 122, New Orleans 113; Boston 122, Orlando 119 (OT); Portland 124, Philadelphia121; Houston 129, Sacramento 112; Brooklyn 129, L.A. Clippers 120.

Monday games: Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix, 11:30 a.m; Dallas vs. Utah, noon (NBATV); Toronto vs. Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN); Indiana vs. Miami, 5 p.m.; Denver vs. L.A. Lakers, 6 p.m. (TNT).


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