2011 Oregon State Little League® Tournament Results
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2011

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Oregon State Tournament
Host - Bend (District 5)
At Skyview Middle School

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Rainier
District 2 Champions Gresham National
District 3 Champions Pendleton
District 4 Champions Raleigh Hills (Beaverton)
District 5 Champions Bend South
District 6 Champions Ashland
District 7 Champions West Salem
District 8 Champions Grants Pass National
District 9 Champions Sheldon

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Raleigh Hills 13, Rainier 2

Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Gresham National 6, Ashland 1
Pendleton 6, Grants Pass National 4
West Salem 15, Sheldon 2
Bend South 13, Raleigh Hills 2

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (nine teams remain):
Ashland 10, Rainier 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket - Round 2 (eight teams remain):
Raleigh Hills 13, Sheldon 1 (elim.)
Ashland 9, Grants Pass National 8 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Gresham National 12, Pendleton 2
Bend South 8, West Salem 3

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Pendleton 4, Raleigh Hills 0 (elim.)
Ashland 8, West Salem 2 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Ashland 4, Pendleton 3 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Bend South 8, Gresham National 2

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Ashland 14, Gresham National 13 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Bend South 14, Ashland 1 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

Ashland Little League had spent the better part of a week conjuring up enough late inning magic to stay alive at the Oregon state tournament. But Ashland had no antidote for the powerful Bend South Little League all-star team.

Bend South scored in every inning and rode the momentum of an eight-run third inning rally to defeat Ashland, 14-1 in four innings, in the Oregon state championship game at Sky View Middle School in Bend.

With the win -- Bend's fourth at the state tournament and eighth without a defeat in the international tournament -- Bend South claimed its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division and advanced to the Northwest Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Bend South grabbed an early 3-0 advantage in the championship game, then broke the game open thanks to a pair of home runs in the third. Cam Baker slammed a grand slam beyond the right field fence to extend Bend's lead to 7-0, and four batters later, Troy Viola added a three-run shot that stretched the advantage to double-digits.

Ashland scored its only run in the bottom of the frame, when Cole Gerken's single scored Jose Perez. But Bend added three more runs in the fourth, with Dylan Richer's ground rule double driving in the final two runs.

"Our guys have been playing great ball," said Bend South manager Brad Waterman after the game.

Waterman used four pitchers in the title game, with Noah Yunker, Justin Parsons, Cam Davis, and Darryl Fristedt combining to allow just two hits while striking out six batters.

Bend served notice that it was the front-runner in the tournament when it topped Raleigh Hills Little League, the champions of traditionally powerful District 4, by a 13-2 margin on the tournament's first day. Raleigh Hills led 1-0 through two innings and was within a two-run deficit through four, before Bend pulled away in the game's final innings.

Bend then bounced back from an early 3-0 deficit and downed West Salem Little League, 8-3, in its second game, and defeated Gresham National Little League, 8-2, in the winner's bracket final. Parsons, Baker, and Viola all homered against Gresham, with Parsons' two-run blast in the third giving the Central Oregon league the lead for good in the third inning. Against West Salem, Cal Waterman paced the offense, delivering a home run and two doubles while driving in four runs. Viola added a solo home run.

Ashland had a more difficult path to the championship game after dropping its opener to Gresham National by a 6-1 margin. The District 6 winners then won five elimination games in a row to reach the title game, including a 9-8 win over Grants Pass Little League in which Ashland trailed by six runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning, a come-from-behind victory over Pendleton Little League in which Ashland reversed a deficit in the fifth inning, and a wild 14-13 decision over Gresham National in the elimination bracket final.

Ashland led Gresham by an 8-0 margin after the first inning in the team's second meeting, but surrendered 13 runs over the next three innings to spot Gresham National a five-run lead. Austen Carpenter and Greg Mehlhaff hit back-to-back home runs for Gresham in a seven-run second inning rally that brought Gresham back into the game.

Ashland's Nick Sanderson delivered a three-run homer in the fifth to pull his team within a run, and then drove in the winning run in the sixth as Ashland reached the state championship game in the major baseball division for the first time in the league's history.

Ashland's earlier last-inning rally against Grants Pass was even more improbable -- the District 6 champions were three outs away from elimination when Sanderson delivered a two-run single, Jesse Carroll drilled a bases-clearing double, Frankie Mora doubled, and Ben Quast ended the game with a walk-off, run-scoring single.

"Some of the officials and umpires were just amazed at the amount of heart that (we) had," said Ashland manager Sean Gallagher of his team's string of late inning heroics. "By the end of the week, we had a lot of fans."

In the end, though, Ashland ran into a juggernaut that rarely trailed and outscored its four state tournament opponents by a 43-8 margin.

"Bend, you are a machine," remarked Ashland coach Larry Sanderson to the assembled crowd at the post-game ceremonies following Bend South's title game win.

Bend split its four pool games at the Northwest Region tournament, then upended North Bothell (Washington) Little League by a 4-3 score in the semifinal round. In the title game, Bend South fell to eventual United States runner-up Big Sky Little League (Billings, Montana) by a 7-1 score.

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Linescores:

  Elimination Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Gresham National 0 7 4 2 0 0 13 - -
Ashland 8 0 0 1 3 2 14 - -
  Championship Game
Bend South 2 1 8 3 14 - -
Ashland 0 0 1 0 1 - -




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