2010 Oregon State Little League® Tournament Results
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Oregon State Tournament
Host - Parrish (Salem) (District 7)
At Holland Youth Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Saint Helens
District 2 Champions Reynolds (Portland)
District 3 Champions Pendleton
District 4 Champions Murrayhill (Beaverton)
District 6 Champions Medford American Red

Pool 'B' Participants
District 5 Champions Hood River
District 7 Champions Cascade (Turner)
District 8 Champions Grants Pass National
District 9 Champions Sheldon

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.

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Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket

Day 1 (Saturday, July 24):
Reynolds 8, Murrayhill 6
Pendleton 13, Saint Helens 1

Day 2 (Sunday, July 25):
Reynolds 13, Saint Helens 7
Murrayhill 12, Medford American Red 5

Day 3 (Monday, July 26):
Pendleton 14, Medford American Red 5
Murrayhill 14, Saint Helens 4

Day 4 (Tuesday, July 27):
Pendleton 10, Reynolds 8
Saint Helens 6, Medford American Red 5

Day 5 (Wednesday, July 28):
Reynolds 11, Medford American Red 3
Murrayhill 6, Pendleton 3

Pool 'B' Bracket

Day 1 (Saturday, July 24):
Cascade 10, Grants Pass National 0
Hood River 11, Sheldon 1

Day 2 (Sunday, July 25):
(No Pool 'B' games scheduled.)

Day 3 (Monday, July 26):
Grants Pass National 10, Sheldon 4
Hood River 20, Cascade 3

Day 4 (Tuesday, July 27):
(No Pool 'B' games scheduled.)

Day 5 (Wednesday, July 28):
Cascade 8, Sheldon 3
Hood River 7, Grants Pass National 5


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Murrayhill 3 1 20
Pendleton 3 1 20
Reynolds 3 1 26
Medford American Red 0 4 43
Saint Helens 1 3 45


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Hood River 3 0 9
Cascade 2 1 23
Grants Pass National 1 2 21
Sheldon 0 3 29

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 (Thursday, July 29)

Murrayhill 7, Cascade 2
Hood River 4, Pendleton 3

Oregon State Championship Game (Friday, July 30)

Murrayhill 6, Hood River 2 (TITLE)


Summary:

Murrayhill Little League may have been down, but they were anything but out.

With no margin for error following a loss on the opening day of pool competition, Murrayhill swept to five consecutive victories, including a 6-2 decision over Hood River, to win the Oregon state championship at Holland Youth Park in Salem. The Beaverton-based league advanced to the Northwest Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Andrew Carter led the way for Murrayhill in the championship game, scattering six hits and striking out six batters over five innings pitched. Reliever Cortlandt Nelsen threw a perfect sixth inning to close out the win and deliver Murrayhill's eleventh state championship in the major baseball division.

"We knew that any one of these games could have been our last game, so we had to play our best," said Murrayhill manager Craig Nelsen of the team's performance after the opening round defeat. "I saw everybody focusing more, on the field, when we were at bat, and even in the dugout. We were all cheering for our teammates 24-7."

Murrayhill's focus was ever-present in the semifinal round, when the District 4 champions topped Cascade Little League, 7-2. Bryan Roesch drilled a two-run homer, while Jacob Calo doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs for the winners, who raced to a 6-0 advantage after three innings.

"Roesch and Calo have been incredible," said Craig Nelsen when describing the win.

Murrayhill's early advantage allowed Nelsen to remove Carter from the mound after just 1-2/3 innings pitched to maintain his eligibility for the championship game. Sam Noyer pitched the balance of the game, striking out five and allowing five hits while also chipping in a pair of hits at the plate.

Murrayhill entered the tournament having won five of the past seven Oregon championships in the major baseball division, but the path to another title became more difficult when Portland's Reynolds Little League claimed an 8-6 victory on the tournament's first day. But Murrayhill bounced back, sharpening its offense with double-digit output in wins over Medford American Red and Saint Helens Little Leagues.

"I think our bats are fine," said Craig Nelsen after his team's 14-4 win over Saint Helens. "It's just about being aggressive at the plate. We're telling the kids to swing hard and swing through the ball. The guys started feasting (on Saint Helens' pitching) as the game wore on."

The wins kept Murrayhill in contention, and the possibility of a three-way tie at the top of the pool standings increased after Pendleton Little League topped Reynolds in a battle of unbeaten teams while Murrayhill sat idle on the tournament's fourth day. The win clarified Murrayhill's most likely path into the semifinal round: the District 4 champions needed a win over Pendleton in their final pool contest, and because of the nuances of Little League Baseball's tiebreaking system, Murrayhill needed to defeat Pendleton by three runs or more to avoid an unfavorable head-to-head comparison against Reynolds.

Murrayhill got both the win and the margin of victory they needed, topping Pendleton by a 6-3 score. Sam Greenwood tossed a complete game, striking out seven hitters, while Calo and Carter paced the offense with home runs. Roesch and Cortlandt Nelsen both doubled in the win.

Hood River, which swept its three pool contests, used a last-inning rally to overcome Pendleton by a 4-3 score and earn its championship game berth. Hood River entered its final at-bat facing a 3-0 deficit thanks to Quinn Cockburn's solo home run in the first inning and Jack Peterson's two-run double in the fifth. But the District 5 champions rallied, tying the game on Frank Jackson's three-run homer in the top of the sixth. After a base hit extended the rally, Pendleton committed a pair of errors on a bunt that allowed the go-ahead run to score.

Hood River reached the state championship game for the first time since 1987, and the fourth time in the league's history.

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