PORTLAND - The Tri-County 13-year-old team survived a scrappy Southeast Portland unit that pushed them to the brink in a 14-13 win in the state tournament Saturday, moving them into a semifinal showdown with Pendleton today at noon.
"It was a total team effort," coach Dave Pranger said. "The kids came out to play to win today."
Cameron Day led the team from the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles while Cody Orr picked up the win and Andres Sanguino got the save.
If Tri-County wins at noon, they'll play in the championship at 6 p.m., if they lose they'll play at 3 p.m. in the consolation final.
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TRI-COUNTY 460 121 0 - 14 9 6
SE PORTLAND 423 211 0 - 13 8 7
Cody Orr, Andres Sanguino (4) and Justin Pranger and Fuller; Lashbaugh, Chinn (2), Hunter (3), Prettyman (7). W - Orr; L - Hunter; S - Sanguino.
2B - Cameron Day (2), Zack Ash, Micah Stillman (Tri-County); Lashbaugh, Fuller (SE Portland).
Pendleton wins with pitching, defense
PORTLAND - The Pendleton 11-12-year-olds had to rely on the arm of Taylor Hammersla and a solid defense that committed zero errors to get a 2-0 win over St. Helens in their opening game of the state tournament Saturday.
Hammersla went the entire game, throwing just 55 pitches and striking out eight while walking none.
As brilliant as Hammersla was on the mound, St. Helen's Brandon Underwood nearly matched him, striking out 10 and walking none in a complete-game loss.
"The pitching is much tougher and all in all it's just a tougher tournament," coach Shawn Rivera said.
Pendleton scored both of their runs in the first inning on an Ian Rivera RBI double and Hammersla RBI single.
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ST. HELENS 000 000 - 0 2 1
PENDLETON 200 00x - 2 4 0
Brandon Underwood and Drake Mosley; Taylor Hammersla and Ted Baker. W - Hammersla; L - Underwood.
2B - Baker, Ian Rivera (Pendleton); Jake Ramiskey (St. Helens).
Pendleton, Blue Mountain can't get right
THE DALLES - It was another tough day for two area youth baseball teams as Pendleton and Blue Mountain both lost Saturday in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth North Oregon State Tournament in The Dalles. Pendleton (0-2) lost 8-0 to Tualatin Hills (2-0) and Blue Mountain (0-2) lost 10-4 to The Dalles (2-0).
Pendleton pitcher Dillon Wallace (two strikeouts, five walks) threw a three hitter and allowed just one earned run, but mistakes proved to be costly for the squad.
Trailing just 2-0 after five innings, Pendleton fell apart in the sixth, committing five errors that contributed to six Tualatin runs.
VanPelt powers Pendleton to victory
PORTLAND - Sean VanPelt went 2 for 2 at the plate and launched two home runs while John Kline added another to lift Pendleton over The Dalles 10-0 Saturday in the 13-year-old state tournament.
"It was a tape measure shot," coach Bill Zyph said of VanPelt's first home run, which he estimated at 340 feet. "(Sean) was unbelievable (Saturday)."
Lathan Alger allowed just one hit and picked up the win for Pendleton, who plays Tri-County today at noon in the semifinals.
Zyph said he's worried about the matchup, even though Pendleton has beaten Tri-County three times already.
"It's hard to beat a team four times," he said.
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THE DALLES 000 00 - 0 1 1
PENDLETON 451 0x - 10 13 2
Bagay, Kehlke (2) and Erickson; Lathan Alger, John Kline (5) and Tyler Hamilton. W - Alger; L - Bagay.
2B - Hamilton (Pendleton). 3B - Tyler Zyph (Pendleton). HR - Sean VanPelt (2), Kline (Pendleton)
Other tournament scores: HERMISTON - Day 2 of the 14-year-old Babe Ruth tournament at Weber Field saw the pool play standings even out.
Pendleton's 22-2 victory over Tri-County puts them at 1-1 for the week and Tri-County at 0-2.
Snake River Valleys' 10-0 win past Hermiston puts the squad from Ontario at 2-0 and leaves Hermiston at 1-1.
The Dalles notched its second win 6-4 over Union County, now 0-2, and Tualatin Hills beat Astoria 6-2.