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Woodburn Junior National makes state push, North Marion Senior American team wins county tournament

COURTESY TAMI COX - Woodburn's junior national baseball team placed fourth overall at the county tournamentWoodburn Junior National

It was a banner year for the Woodburn Junior National baseball team, which finished fourth overall in the county tournament to conclude their summer season.

"Going to county was a big deal for these kids, and something Woodburn hasn't done in a long time at this age group," head coach Kyle Rugg said. "It was cool watching these kids come together and just the camaraderie and support they gave each other."

Comprised almost entirely of fifth graders, Woodburn finished 7-2 in the regular season to place second overall behind Estacada in their division, earning a play-in game to qualify for the county bracket.

Woodburn punched its ticket to the county tournament with a 10-run win over Tualatin in the play-in game, and added another 10-run win over Oregon City in the first round of the county bracket.

Following a loss to eventual county champion Corbett, Woodburn staved off elimination the next day before falling to Oregon City in the consolation semifinals to conclude their season.

Woodburn finished the season 10-4 overall.

"It was a great season," Rugg said. "I'm proud of the boys, they did a good job this season."


PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Mount Angel's Junior National team won their state tournament opener over Newberg 8-4 and went on to finish third overall.

Mount Angel Junior National

The Mount Angel Junior National team coached by Joe Panuke finished third overall at the state tournament on July 12-14 in Lebanon.

Mount Angel won their county bracket to enter state as a No. 1 seed, and opened the tournament with an 8-4 win over Newberg on Friday morning.

But the Trojans fell 15-11 in the afternoon to the eventual state champion team from Stayton, bumping to the consolation bracket on Saturday.

Mount Angel opened with a 10-8 win over Central Linn in the morning game and knocked off Seaside 15-4 in the afternoon to advance to the consolation championship against Yamhill-Carlton on Sunday.

The Trojans fell one win shy of the title game, losing 16-13 to Yamhill-Carlton to place third overall.


COURTESY NORTH MARION YOUTH ATHLETICS - North Marions' Senior American baseball team won went 4-0 in the county tournament to claim the top seed heading into the state tournament this weekend.North Marion Senior American

The North Marion Huskies ripped through their bracket to win the Clackamas County Junior Baseball Association's 2019 Senior American County Tournament on Sunday at Heckard Field in Molalla.

Seeded fourth overall heading into the tournament, North Marion opened the competition on Friday with a 12-8 win over Putnam and followed with a 10-5 victory on Saturday against the top-seeded team from Clackamas.

The Huskies claimed a 5-3 win in the semifinal game over Wilsonville in the afternoon game to advance to the championship game on Sunday.

North Marion took down Roosevelt 8-6 to avoid a second game in the double-elimination tournament, securing their place as a No. 1 seed in the state championship tournament.

The Huskies will open the state bracket on Friday at 9 a.m. at Fischer's Mill Sports Complex in Oregon City.

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