2012 Oregon State Little League® Tournament Results
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2012

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Oregon State Tournament
Host - Centennial (Gresham) (District 2)
At Centennial Middle School

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Wilshire/Riverside (Portland)
District 2 Champions Gresham National
District 3 Champions Pendleton
District 4 Champions Murrayhill (Beaverton)
District 5 Champions Bend South
District 6 Champions Ashland
District 7 Champions Sprague
District 8 Champions Medford National
District 9 Champions Sheldon (Eugene)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Sprague 1, Bend South 0

Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Murrayhill 5, Ashland 4
Pendleton 2, Sheldon 1
Medford National 9, Wilshire/Riverside 7
Gresham National 15, Sprague 0

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (nine teams remain):
Bend South 9, Ashland 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket - Round 2 (eight teams remain):
Bend South 12, Sheldon 0 (elim.)
Sprague 4, Wilshire/Riverside 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Murrayhill 5, Pendleton 3
Gresham National 7, Medford National 3 (10 innings)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Medford National 7, Bend South 5 (elim.)
Sprague 6, Pendleton 1 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Sprague 10, Medford National 7 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Gresham National 5, Murrayhill 1

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Sprague 8, Murrayhill 6 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Sprague 7, Gresham National 0
Gresham National 10, Sprague 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

Gresham National Little League ended the state tournament the same way they started it: with a bang.

Gresham opened state tournament play by overwhelming Sprague Little League, 15-0, and later closed out the tournament with a 10-0, five inning victory over the same team in the championship game. Gresham National won its second-ever state tournament in the major baseball division, and later advanced to the Little League World Series.

Gresham clinched the title by derailing a red-hot Sprague team in the 'if' game of the nine-team tournament at Gresham's Centennial Middle School. Sprague had won their opening round game, and after suffering its initial loss to Gresham National, reeled off five wins on the trot, including a win over Gresham, to force the tournament to a deciding game.

But Gresham scratched for a run in the first inning, then took control in the second. Gresham moved in front in the first, when leadoff hitter Devon Bratcher reached on a bunt single, moved to third on an overthrow, and then scored on Tyler Linch's sacrifice fly to right field. In the second, Gresham opened the inning with five consecutive hits, and run-scoring singles by Greg Mehlhaff and Hunter Hemenway helped to put the Nationals firmly in control. Gresham added three more in the fourth, when Ethan Rose delivered a run-scoring double and then scored the game's final run on a throwing error.

The win was similar to Gresham's earlier 15-0 victory over Sprague. Sprague had already opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Bend South Little League, but Gresham ratcheted up its offense, scoring in five of six offensive innings. Brett Falkner doubled and scored in the second inning, then added a run-producing double in the third, as Gresham built an early 4-0 advantage. The District 2 champions then pulled away with five runs in the fourth, as Linch homered and Tyler Pederson tripled in a run. Gresham's six run rally in the top of the sixth then produced the final margin of victory.

Falkner paced the Gresham offense with four hits, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Mehlhaff surrendered just two hits and struck out six in four innings pitched.

Gresham needed a late inning rescue -- and two days' time -- to claim their next game, a 7-3, ten inning victory over Medford National Little League. Medford rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and claimed a 3-2 advantage on Ethan Wheatley's RBI double. But a pair of dropped third strikes keyed a game-tying rally for Gresham in the sixth. Pederson reached on the first dropped third strike, moved to third base on a pair of wild pitches, and scored the tying run when the Medford catcher threw the ball to first base following the inning's second dropped third strike.

Gresham thought it had scored the go-ahead run in the seventh, only to see the run taken off the board, and action was then suspended by darkness in the middle of the eighth inning. When play resumed, Gresham struck for four runs in the top of the tenth. Linch reached on an error, then Mehlhaff drove a run-scoring double to left field. Hemenway added another RBI double, and Brett Falkner capped the rally with a two-run double.

Gresham relievers Falkner, Mehlhaff, and Linch combined to allow just one baserunner and no runs to Medford National over the game's final four innings.

"This group has been down this road before," said Gresham National manager Jason Trickel. "They have that never-say-die mentality, so I knew they'd come out and compete in that last inning.

"It wasn't our best offensive game, but it was enough to get the job done," added Trickel.

Two days later, Gresham rode a three-run homer from Mehlhaff and a stellar pitching performance from Linch to a 5-1 victory over Murrayhill Little League that lifted the District 2 team into the championship round.

Murrayhill grabbed an early lead when Trey Lowe led off the game with a single up the middle, and then scored three batters later on Nick Uchida's fielder's choice. But Bratcher and Linch opened Gresham's half of the first inning with singles, and Mehlhaff followed with a three-run homer beyond the center field fence.

Mehlhaff added a run-scoring single in the fourth, and Rose plated the final run with a ground rule double in the fifth.

Linch tossed a complete game, striking out four and allowing no extra base hits against a potent Murrayhill offense.

"Tyler was just awesome for us today," said Trickel. "He's a big moment player.

"We beat them at state last year, so we had a lot of confidence coming in," added the Gresham National manager. "When the moment is there, these kids come up with the big hits. It's what I've come to expect from them. Mehlhaff's big home run allowed us to exhale a bit."

Sprague, meanwhile, had little chance to exhale following its early round loss, and worked its way through the bottom bracket with a string of victories. The Salem-area league eliminated Wilshire/Riverside Little League, 4-2, then downed Pendleton Little League (6-1) and Medford National (10-7) to stay alive in the tournament.

Sprague then pushed across three runs in the sixth inning to reverse a deficit and eliminate Murrayhill, 8-6, in the elimination bracket final. Zach Staley's two-run homer and RBI singles from Tanner Dawson and Kyle Knell gave Murrayhill a 6-4 advantage, but Sprague pulled back one run in the fifth, and then made its final push in the sixth. Michael Murphy's line drive home run gave Sprague the lead in the sixth, and Tanner Sorenson's RBI single later completed the scoring.

Sprague then reeled in its fifth consecutive victory by topping Gresham National, 7-0, in the first championship series game, but Gresham responded with its emphatic win in the tournament's final game.

Gresham National split its four pool games at the Northwest Region tournament in San Bernardino, California, following its state tournament victory, and finished pool competition as the fourth seed. But Gresham tied with Post Falls (Idaho) Little League for the fewest runs allowed during pool competition among the tournament's six competitors, and showed its mettle by rallying from an early deficit in a 6-2 win over Mercer Island (Washington) Little League in the semifinal round. Two days later, Gresham dispatched Post Falls, 8-4, to become Oregon's fourth-ever Little League World Series qualifier.

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


Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Gresham National 1 6 0 3 10 - -
Sprague 0 0 0 0 0 - -




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