2009 Oregon State Little League® Tournament Results
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Oregon State Tournament
Host - Oregon District 9
Games played at Sheldon Little League (Eugene)
At Meadowlark Elementary School

Pool 'A' Participants
District 2 Champions Reynolds (Portland)
District 4 Champions Murrayhill (Beaverton)
District 5 Champions The Dalles
District 8 Champions Grants Pass National
District 9 Champions Eugene

Pool 'B' Participants
District 1 Champions Wilshire/Riverside (Portland)
District 3 Champions Pendleton
District 6 Champions Klamath Falls American
District 7 Champions Parrish (Salem)

NOTE: The nine state tournament qualifiers were divided into two separate pools. After round-robin pool competition, the top two teams in each pool advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Click here to view 2009 district tournament results for Oregon.

Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket

Day 1 (Thursday, July 23):
Reynolds 13, Grants Pass National 3 (5 innings)
Murrayhill 13, The Dalles 0 (6 innings)

Day 2 (Friday, July 24):
Murrayhill 15, Eugene 1 (4 innings)
Grants Pass National 11, The Dalles 10

Day 3 (Saturday, July 25):
The Dalles 7, Eugene 5
Murrayhill 4, Reynolds 2

Day 4 (Sunday, July 26):
Murrayhill 10, Grants Pass National 0 (4 innings)
Reynolds 9, Eugene 5

Day 5 (Monday, July 27):
The Dalles 9, Reynolds 6
Grants Pass National 21, Eugene 12

Pool 'B' Bracket

Day 1 (Thursday, July 23):
Parrish 8, Wilshire/Riverside 1
Klamath Falls American 4, Pendleton 0

Day 2 (Friday, July 24):
(No Pool 'B' games scheduled.)

Day 3 (Saturday, July 25):
Klamath Falls American 6, Parrish 5
Wilshire/Riverside 10, Pendleton 4

Day 4 (Sunday, July 26):
(No Pool 'B' games scheduled.)

Day 5 (Monday, July 27):
Klamath Falls American 12, Wilshire/Riverside 0
Parrish 4, Pendleton 3


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Murrayhill 4 0 3
Reynolds 2 2 21
Grants Pass National 2 2 45
The Dalles 2 2 35
Eugene 0 4 52


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Klamath Falls American 3 0 5
Parrish 2 1 10
Wilshire/Riverside 1 2 24
Pendleton 0 3 18

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Semifinal Round (Tuesday, July 28)

Parrish 10, Murrayhill 4
Reynolds 12, Klamath Falls American 2 (5 innings)

Consolation Game (Wednesday, July 29)

Klamath Falls American 2, Murrayhill 1

Oregon State Championship Game (Wednesday, July 29)

Parrish 5, Reynolds 4 (TITLE)


Summary:

Jeff Holden went 4-for-4 and retired the game's final three hitters in relief as his Parrish Little League all-star team edged Reynolds, 5-4, in the championship game of the Oregon state tournament at Meadowlark Elementary School in Eugene.

The win gave Parrish its second-ever Oregon title in the major baseball division, and advanced the team to the Northwest Region tournament in San Bernardino, California. The Salem-area team's crown ended a seven-year string of state championships by leagues from District 4 in the suburban Portland area.

"It (winning state) was never a thought that crossed my mind," said Parrish manager Rob Burnell, whose team upended longtime Oregon power and defending state champion Murrayhill Little League in the semifinal round. "I didn't know if it was a realistic thought so I never allowed myself to think about it."

Parrish's top two pitchers, Andy Bevens and Alex Alvardo, were both ineligible to throw in the championship game due to pitch count and rest restrictions, but the District 7 champions still carried a 5-2 lead into the sixth inning of the title game thanks in large part to pitcher Trevor Burnell. The off-speed specialist pitched into the sixth, and kept Reynolds off the scoreboard in four of the game's first five innings. The District 2 champions had averaged nine runs per game in their initial four games at the state tournament, and scored in every inning while tallying 18 hits in their mercy rule-shortened semifinal round win over Klamath Falls American Little League.

"Their pitcher kept us off pace," said Reynolds manager Mark Shoman of Trevor Burnell's efforts. "We're hood fastball hitters and their curveballs threw us. We couldn't catch up to those guys."

While Parrish carried the three-run lead into the final inning, Reynolds quickly narrowed the gap when Riley Bieber opened the sixth with a walk and Cameron Sheets followed with a two-run homer over the left center field fence.

Rob Burnell then handed the ball to Holden, who escaped further damage by registering a pair of strikeouts and inducing a grounder to the first baseman.

"We aren't the best closing team," said the Parrish manager after his team held off the late inning charge. "I don't think that we've ever got the first out of the last half-inning."

While Holder stymied the last-ditch Reynolds threat, the District 7 champions produced the bulk of their championship game runs with two-out rallies. Consecutive two-out singles by Eric Holder, Dakotah Halfman, and Alex Alvardo plated the first Parrish run in the third inning, and then Halfman scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. The next inning, Dexter Alik drew a walk after the first two hitters were retired, before Alex Roberts and Holden delivered back-to-back doubles to snap the tie.

Alvardo scored the final Parrish run on an error in the fifth inning.

Parrish had reached the championship game by winning two of its three pool games, then rallying late to topple Murrayhill, 10-3. The two teams pushed across runs in the second and third innings, and were deadlocked 3-3 entering the sixth before a final Parrish push subdued the Beaverton-based team.

Alik's run-scoring single snapped the tie in the final inning, and Simon Staples followed with another RBI single to give Parrish a 5-3 lead. Holden then provided breathing room with a three-run homer, before Parrish added two more runs later in the inning.

Murrayhill had won seven of the prior eleven state championships in the major baseball division, and leagues from Murrayhill's District 4 and Parrish's District 7 accounted for ten of the state tournament winners during that span.

Parrish opened the tournament by topping Portland's Wilshire/Riverside Little League, 8-1, on the tournament's first day. Alvardo supplied much of the Parrish offense with a pair of two-run home runs. Two days later, Klamath Falls American surrendered five runs in the top of the fifth inning, then roared back with six of their own in the bottom half to earn a 6-5 victory over the eventual champions. Micah Brown's grand slam provided the initial burst for Klamath Falls, then Willy Howard's two-run home run reversed his team's one-run deficit.

Parrish then rallied for three runs in the final inning to edge Pendleton Little League, 4-3, on the final day of pool competition. The win gave Parrish second place in its pool, and lifted the District 7 champions a semifinal round meeting with Murrayhill. Murrayhill outscored its four opponents by a 42-3 margin in the opposite pool, with only Reynolds extending the Beaverton-based team for the full six innings.

At the Northwest Region tournament, Parrish split four pool games, then defeated Boulder-Arrowhead Little League (Billings, Montana), 9-7, in the semifinal round. In the championship game, Washington champion Mercer Island Little League snapped a 3-3 tie in the game's latter innings and advanced to the Little League World Series with a 9-3 win over the Oregon champions.

Follow Parrish at the Northwest Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Semifinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Parrish 0 1 2 0 0 7 10 11 1
Murrayhill 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 10 1
  Semifinal Round
Klamath Falls American 1 0 1 0 0 2 3 0
Reynolds 2 3 1 3 3 12 18 1
  Championship Game
Parrish 0 0 2 2 1 0 5 - -
Reynolds 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 - -




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