2014 Oregon State Little League® Tournament Results
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Oregon State Tournament
Host - Oregon District 4
At Alpenrose Stadium (Portland)

Alpenrose Stadium is located at 6149 SW Shattuck Road in Portland.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Hollywood/Rose City (Portland)
District 2 Champions Gresham
District 3 Champions LaGrande
District 4 Champions Cedar Mill
District 5 Champions Bend North
District 6 Champions Klamath Falls American
District 7 Champions Corvallis
District 8 Champions Grants Pass American
District 9 Champions Sheldon (Eugene)

Click here to view 2014 district tournament results for Oregon.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Grants Pass American 6, Cedar Mill 5

Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Gresham 10, Corvallis 0
Klamath Falls American 8, Sheldon 3
Hollywood/Rose City 14, LaGrande 12
Bend North 6, Grants Pass American 0

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (nine teams remain):
Cedar Mill 18, Corvallis 4 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Gresham 16, Klamath Falls American 7
Bend North 6, Hollywood/Rose City 5

Elimination Bracket - Round 2 (eight teams remain):
Cedar Mill 20, Sheldon 1 (elim.)
LaGrande 13, Grants Pass Amercan 3 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Cedar Mill 10, Hollywood/Rose City 2 (elim.)
LaGrande 14, Klamath Falls American 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
LaGrande 10, Cedar Mill 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Bend North 9, Gresham 4

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Gresham 4, LaGrande 3 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Bend North 14, Gresham 4 (TITLE)


The early innings looked promising for the Bend North Little League all-star team, even though the impact wasn't seen on the scoreboard.

The latter innings turned that promise into reality.

Bend North pounded out eighteen hits, scored in five of six offensive innings, and dispatched Gresham Little League, 14-4, to claim the Oregon state championship at Alpenrose Stadium in Portland.

Bend, which won all four games at the state tournament and finished 9-0 versus Oregon competition, advanced to the Northwest Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Six different players had two or more hits for Bend North, which had three or more hits in five of the game's six innings. Dylan Ruhl led the way with four hits and four runs batted in, while Evan Scalley went 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, and scored three runs.

Drew Steelhammer, Jackson Murphy, Hank Tobias, and Michael Schultz all had two hits for the District 5 champions.

Bend North jumped on Gresham in the top of the first inning. Murphy lined a double to right field, Ruhl reached on an infield single, and Scalley doubled to center to give Bend North a 1-0 lead five pitches into the game. Gresham escaped further trouble and also held Bend in check in the second, but Bend North began pulling away with three runs in the third. Steelhammer drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, Tobias added a run-scoring groundout, and Schultz padded the lead with a ringing double to the center field fence.

Gresham narrowed the lead on Trevor Bless' solo home run in the third inning, but Bend added four in the fourth and five in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Ruhl contributed a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run double in the fifth, and Steelhammer added a two-run double to right in the fifth.

All of Bend North's runs in the fifth scored after the second out was recorded.

While Bend North's offense was firing on all cylinders, Steelhammer (four innings pitched, five strikeouts) and Scalley (two innings pitched, three strikeouts, no runs) tamed the Gresham offense. Steelhammer's extended outing marked the first time that Bend North manager Dan Ruhl employed one of his pitchers for more than three innings of work.

"You want to have your best guys available in the championship game, and (Steelhammer) did a great job of keeping them off-balance," explained Dan Ruhl. "We knew who their best hitters were, and we weren't going to give them any fastballs."

Bend North used five pitchers in their tournament opener, a 6-0 victory over Grants Pass American Little League. Steelhammer, Ruhl, Scalley, Tobias, and Murphy all combined on a four-hitter, striking out seven and issuing just one walk collectively. Meanwhile, Steelhammer's two-run homer in the first inning helped to spark Bend North to a 3-0 lead, and Bend North slowly extended the lead in subsequent innings.

Logan Wehrman's line drive double scored Flynn Lovejoy in the second, Steelhammer and Tobias delivered back-to-back doubles to score another run in the third, then Scalley singled and later scored in the fifth.

The next day, Bend North built an early 4-0 lead, but needed a two-run rally in the sixth to overcome Hollywood/Rose City Little League, 6-5. Three consecutive singles in the first gave Bend North a 2-0 advantage, and Steelhammer and Schultz each drove in runs in the third. But Hollywood/Rose City's offense came to life in the bottom of the inning, and a three-run homer followed by a two-run homer gave the District 1 champions a 5-4 advantage.

The score remained 5-4 until the sixth, when a pair of one-out walks sparked a Bend North rally. Murphy followed the walks with a single to left field, and Noah Murillo scored following an error on the play. Dylan Ruhl then lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Wehrman and gave Bend the lead.

Scalley, who moved to the mound following the Hollywood home runs and did not allow a run in three innings of work, induced a strikeout, a groundout, and a game-ending strikeout that moved his team into the winner's bracket final.

Bend's opponent would be Gresham, which overpowered Corvallis Little League, 10-0 in their opening round win and then toppled Klamath Falls American Little League, 16-7, in their next game. But a trio of Bend pitchers held Gresham to just three hits, and Bend North used a five-run fourth inning to cement a 9-4 victory.

Steelhammer paced Bend's offense in the win, collecting four hits, scoring twice, and driving in three runs. Steelhammer singled in the first inning, slammed a two-run homer in the third, added a run-scoring double in the fourth, and doubled again in the sixth.

He also helped Bend North to its early lead, throwing the first three innings and turning the ball over to Tobias and Scalley, who closed out the win. Each Bend North hurler's pitch count was low enough to ensure they would be available for the championship game that would follow in two days.

Gresham earned a rematch in that championship game, edging LaGrande Little League, 4-3, in the elimination bracket final. Keegan Hunt drove in a run with a first inning single, then added a two-run homer in the third that gave Gresham a 4-1 advantage.

LaGrande closed to within 4-3 in the fifth inning, but Gresham pitcher Ethan Abrahamson closed out the inning with a strikeout, and then combined with Durham Sundberg to strike out the side in the sixth.

The win lifted a Gresham league into the state championship game for the eighth time in the 56-year history of the Oregon state tournament. Gresham National Little League won the Oregon state championship in 2013, before the league later consolidated into a single charter.

Bend North's championship game win bookended a title won by Bend South Little League in 2011. Like their local counterparts, Bend North followed their state championship by advancing to the Northwest Region championship game. Bend North jumped to an early lead in that game, but eventually fell, 6-3, to Lynnwood Pacific Little League (Lynnwood, Washington).

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


  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Bend North 1 1 2 5 0 0 9 13 1
Gresham 0 2 0 1 1 0 4 3 1
  Championship Game
Bend North 1 0 3 4 5 1 14 18 1
Gresham 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 8 2

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