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Impressive defense and late offense sealed the deal for the Berries in dominant victory over Redsox.

North Marion got its first win on the road to a summer league championship.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion pitcher Hunter Hansen gave up no runs in the five innings he led from the mound en route to the Berries 6-0 win over Alpenrose on August 4.

On home field the Berries held the Alpenrose RedSox scoreless in a 6-0 defensive master class on Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the opening round of the American Legion Baseball A state tournament.

The Berries didn't run away with the victory right away, though. Both Alpenrose and North Marion played excellent defense through the first four innings, with neither team giving up a run. North Marion's strong defense was on display when catcher Evan Holman caught Alpenrose second baseman Miles Ward stealing home in the top of the third inning.

North Marion got its bats going in the bottom of the fifth inning. Third baseman Will VanVleck got to first with a single and stole second while designated hitter Ethan Wampole was at the plate. Wampole recorded an RBI single by bringing in VanVleck. Pinch runner Cole Hammack scored on a sacrifice bunt, courtesy of right fielder Cole Boughal.

The Berries led 2-0 heading into the sixth inning. They once again kept Alpenrose quiet on offense and returned to work in the bottom of the sixth.

The home team recorded a trio of singles from Holman, centerfielder Rex DeAngelis and shortstop Hunter Hansen. DeAngelis brought Holman home to expand the lead to 3-0, and with shortstop Carter Reilly walked the bases were loaded. DeAngelis scored on a sac-fly from VanVleck, and the scoreboard read 4-0 for the Berries.

Wampole had the most impressive at-bat of the night, recording two RBIs on a single into centerfield that sealed the deal.

North Marion will move on to face the winner of Roseburg and Beaverton/Sunset on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Bob Brack Stadium.


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