Rex Sox compete with the best in the county and state
The Redland Red Sox proved themselves without question one of the top Junior American baseball teams in the county, earning third place at the 2013 Clackamas County Junior American Championship Tournament, after going 14-2 and tying North Marion and Estacada for first place in league play.
The Sox went 3-2 in the county tournament, with wins over Clackamas (13-5), North Marion (1-0) and Milwaukie (11-4); and losses in close games with eventual county champion Putnam (5-4) and Estacada (9-8).
After breezing by Clackamas (13-5) in their opener, the Red Sox dropped a 5-4 barnburner to Putnam. But they didnt let the heartbreaking loss get them down, as they followed it up with one of their better games of the season, defeating North Marion 1-0.
Hero honors went to Hunter Manassero, Spencer Townsend and the Sox defense in the 1-0 win over the Huskies. Manassero starred on the mound and with his bat. He went two-for-two at the plate, with a double in the first inning and a single in the fourth. And Manassero was in control all the way on the mound, holding the Huskies hitless for three innings, while allowing no earned runs and no walks, and striking out five.
The Sox pushed the games only run across in the fifth inning, on a RBI-single by Townsend that brought Michael Montoya around.
Redland locked up third place in its next game, defeating Milwaukie 11-4.
Manassero starred again on offense, hammering out three hits, including two home runs, driving in four runs and scoring four times.
Manassero was on fire early, following up a base hit by Joey Whitehill with a two-run home run in the first inning; and a single by Joshua Jordal with a two-run home run in the second.
The loss to Estacada was a tough, tough loss. The Sox were up 8-2, but then the wheels fell off, and they lost 9-8 in two extra innings.
Joining Manassero (pitcher/shortstop), Townsend (outfield/shortstop), Montoya (third), Whitehill (outfield) and Jordal (second) in getting the job done for the Red Sox in the county tournament were: Kian Khorasani (shortstop/outfield), Cohbie Mann (outfield), Ryan Henkel (pitcher/first), Austin Armato (catcher), Matt Peterson (shortstop/outfield) and Kelsen Hennessy (pitcher/first).
Redland coach David Jordal says that hitting was the Soxs strength this season.
Every time weve gotten in a jam, their hitting has pulled them out, Jordal said.
The high finish at the county tournament advanced Redland to the 12-team Junior American State Championship Tournament, where the Red Sox placed sixth and were competitive in every game. They went 2-2 at the state tournament, with the losses in close games with state champion Banks (4-2) and with Forest Grove (9-7), which finished fourth. Redland opened the state tournament with nail-biting wins over Lincoln (13-12) and Central (3-2).
It was a Banks team that went undefeated all summer, and the Red Sox outhit the Braves 10-6 in their 4-2 loss.
Redland finished with a season record of 32-13.