Pendleton claims state title

Contributed photo of Jeanine Youncs The Pendleton Little League softball all-stars pose with their championship banner after beating SE Portland 8-2 in the title game on Thursday in Portland. Pendleton went 4-0 at the tournament, and will play in the West Regionals in San Bernardino, California, later this month. Pictured left to right are (BACK ROW) coaches Justin Samp, Kelsy Garton, Randy Jenness, (FRONT ROW) Kylee Sellers, Allison Galloway, Daisy Jenness, Sauren Garton, Jaden Samp, Ellie Samford, Muriel Hoisington, Charlie Mae Franklin, Faith Broadfoot, Brielle Youncs, Nora Yoshioka.

PORTLAND — The Pendleton all-stars had to play a full six innings for the first time this week at the Oregon Little League Softball State Tournament, but the outcome was the same as before as Pendleton beat SE Portland 8-2 in the championship game on Thursday night.

Although they weren’t able to bring an early end for SE Portland, a team they beat 12-2 in the semifinals on Tuesday, Pendleton gave itself plenty of cushion to work with by scoring three runs in each of the first two innings.

Muriel Jones-Hoisington was the first player to reach base by drawing a one-out walk in the top of the first inning, and Jaden Samp moved her into scoring position with a single to right field.

Then Ellie Samford opened the scoring with an infield single, and after SE Portland picked u pthe second out, Faith Broadfoot made it 3-0 with a single to center that scored Samp and Samford.

All of Pendleton runs in the second inning came with two outs, and it was Jones-Hoisington that pushed the first one across when an error at shortstop gave Brielle Youncs enough room to reach home from third.

Samp singled again to keep the inning going and load the bases, and Samford hit a single through the left side to get two more runs across for a 6-0 lead.

An error put the lead off runner on in the bottom of the second, and SE Portland broke up the shutout when the next batter singled to make it 6-1.

Portland wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the sixth, though, and Sauren Garton earned her third win of the tournament in the circle by pitching a complete game with two hits and no earned runs allowed, six strikeouts and two walks.

Pendleton added two runs in the fifth inning on a triple by Broadfoot and a single by Kylee Sellers.

Broadfoot and Samford were both 2 for 4 with three RBI, Samp was 3 for 4, and Sellers was 1 for 1 with one RBI.

Also with hits in the game for Pendleton were Daisy Jenness and Charlie May Franklin. Allison Galloway and Nora Yoshioka complete the team.

Pendleton will continue its summer representing Oregon at the Little League Softball West Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, California on July 21-28.

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