Wilsonville Little Leaguers win state title, bound for Arizona
Luke Haener got Wilsonville to the state championship game with his bat, driving home teammate Justin Schramm on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Haener then used his arm to make sure the Wilsonville Little Leaguers brought home the Intermediate 50/70 state title.
Pitching Tuesday at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Haener went all five innings, allowing just one hit, as Wilsonville shut out Keizer/Sprague 10-0.
At the plate, Schramm hit a grand slam in the fourth inning.
"It's a really good group of kids, their character and sportsmanship," Wilsonville head coach Kevin Larson said. "They practice really well. They do a lot of little things right. We hit the ball really well as a team. Our lineup doesn't let up much. We got a lot of hard hit balls in play all through the lineup."
Wilsonville opened the state tournament on Saturday, July 6 with a 19-2 victory over Brookings-Harbor.
In a 4-3 battle after four innings, Wilsonville scored six runs in the fifth and added nine in the sixth.
Mason Seal led Wilsonville on the mound and was also 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring five runs. Mark Wiepert had two hits and drove in four runs.
Wilsonville then defeated Keizer/Sprague 7-6 on Sunday, July 7 in walk-off fashion. Seal homered in the win and Elijah Rasco gave Wilsonville five innings on the mound, allowing four runs on three hits.
"We didn't have to use a lot of pitchers but the kids that did pitch pitched really well, threw strikes and we played defense," Larson said.
Wilsonville will begin play in the Intermediate 50/70 Baseball West Regional July 17 in Nogales, Arizona against other 12-13 year old teams from Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington and Arizona.