Marion Berries ousted from American Legion baseball tournament
North Marion's single A American Legion baseball team finished off its season July 23 with a 2-1 loss to the Ole Athletics in the losers bracket. The Berries gave up a crucial run in the bottom of the sixth inning to the designated home team and couldn't put together a game-tying play in the top of the seventh inning.
The Berries' lone run in the game came in the top of the second inning when catcher Cole Elliot connected on a ground ball to bring in Landon Fowler for the score. Cumulatively, the Berries racked up eight hits on the day but couldn't convert on more than Fowler's run.
From the mound, righthanded pitcher Blaine Smith led the way for North Marion, striking out two batters in six innings, giving up five hits, two runs and two errors during his shift.
North Marion finished its season 15-7 overall, a record that included a season-long four-game win streak from July 1 through July 6 when the Berries defeated Hillsboro, Newberg (twice) and Tigard. Multiple Berries' batters had batting averages over .400 including Will Orr (.667), Dawson Schrenk (.455), Rex DeAngelis (.421), and the team averaged .318 collectively.
From the mound, Will Van Vleck was the leading pitcher with 32 strikeouts on the season, followed by Schrenk (21), Smith (18) and Jayden Ohlman (15).
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