BEAVERTON - The Pendleton 11-12-year-old Little League softball squad improved to 2-0 after a 17-1 four-inning victory over the Medford Nationals Saturday in the Oregon State Little League Tournament held at Alpenrose Stadium.

Pendleton faces the District 2 champion, Centennial, at 10 a.m. today in the third round of the pool-play tournament.

Leini Alger shut the Medford Nationals down from the pitching circle, striking out seven batters while allowing just two hits and two walks over four innings.

"The girls played well and are playing tough," Pendleton manager Debbie Alger said.

Shoini Schimmel led the offense for Pendleton with a 4 for 4 performance that included a double and Makayla McKay also hit a double. Rachel Treloar added two hits and Leini Alger helped her cause with three hits.

Friday, Pendleton took care of Cascade 6-4, behind Alex Hillmick, who struck out eight batters to help Pendleton earn an opening round victory.

Hillmick scattered four hits, walked one and Pendleton committed just one error.

"Our defense has been holding us together," Alger said.

Treloar had two hits and was one of nine players to get a hit for Pendleton.

"We did a good job of putting the ball in play," coach Alger said. "Cascade is a good team and it felt good to get that first win."

9-10-year-old

Little League baseball

SALEM - Tyler Hamilton extended his playoff win streak to seven games with dominating performance over Gresham in the opening round of the 9-10-year-old Oregon State baseball tournament held at Holland Youth Park.

Hamilton fanned seven batters over six innings and allowed just one Gresham hit in Pendleton's 9-1 victory.

"He threw well considering it was 100 some degrees," Pendleton manager Steve Richards said. "He never really got into trouble and tossed just under 70 pitches."

Tanner Livesay did the job at the plate for Pendleton, with a 4 for 5 performance and Lathan Alger went 2 for 3 and scored three runs.

Pendleton used three hits and drew two walks to post five runs in the fourth for a commanding 8-1 lead.

"I think winning the first game gives the kids confidence," Richards said.

Pendleton will face Roseburg at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the second round of the pool-play tournament.

11-year-old

Little League baseball

SALEM - The Pendleton 11-year-old baseball all-star squad opened pool play with a 9-0 loss to defending champion Murrayhill Saturday in the Oregon state Little League Tournament.

Pendleton lost in the finals of last year's 9-10 year-old championships to this same Murrayhill team. Pendleton will try and regroup at 8 a.m. today against Klamath Falls.

"These are the same kids we faced last year," Pendleton coach Bill Zyph Jr. said.

The Pendleton squad had runners in scoring position in the first three innings, but failed to score.

"We had the bases loaded with two outs in the third," Zyph related. "Gabe Quaempts hit a hard shot that was caught by the first baseman. That could have started something for us and gave us some momentum."

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