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The young Lions win five straight times to capture the Babe Ruth tourney title

COURTESY PHOTO - The West Linn 14U Federal team poses with its trophy after winning the WLBA Babe Ruth tournament at West Linn High School last week.The West Linn 14U Federal left nothing on the table last week.

West Linn, competing in the 14U WLBA Babe Ruth tournament at West Linn High School, went 5-0 to capture the tournament title, outscoring its tournament opponents 43-3 along the way.

West Linn knocked off St. Helens 11-0 in its tourney opener, getting a one-hitter from pitchers Ryan VandenBrink and Aidan Duea along with the able assistance of catcher Dylan Nance.

Next up, West Linn knocked off the Stayton Jr. Eagles 4-1, with Jake Holmes locking down the pitching duties and striking out seven, while Drake Gabel sparked the offense with a double and a triple to pace the Lions' victory.

In West Linn's next win, a 10-1 victory over Portland Baseball Club, Tyson Smith went the distance on the mound, limiting PBC to only two hits while striking out five. Daniel Onion cracked two doubles and Drew Ness scored twice to fuel the Lions' win.

In its semifinal, West Linn edged past Sprague in a 2-0 pitcher's duel which saw the two teams combine for just six hits. Solid defense by the Lions and three costly errors by Sprague helped send West Linn on to the championship game.

In the tourney finale, the Lions broke the game open early with an 11-run first inning and rolled home from there to beat Portland Babe Ruth 16-1. Jack Fillion and Jackson Curdy each had multiple hits, while Max Wright drove in two runs. Max Allen was stellar on the mound, pitching four innings while only giving up one run.

Next up for the West Linn Federal team is the West Coast Premier Tournament at Wilsonville High School Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30. The Lions hope to stay hot as they prepare for the 14U Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional, set for July 21-27 at West Linn High School.

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