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Little League softball Juniors, 10-11s headed to state

Both win small tournaments; Juniors go to K-Falls, 10-11s advance to Gresham


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Madison MacDonald handled the pitching chores against Interstate-Kenton/Willamette. The team handily won both games to earn a berth in the state tournament in K-Falls.Scappoose sent four entries into the Little League Softball District 1 tournament and came away with two teams state tournament bound.

The two other entries in the tournaments had some difficulties and were eliminated.

The Juniors team had just one opponent in district—a combined Interstate-Kenton/ Willamette team.

Scappoose handled them fairly well, downing them 23-12 and 14-8 in their best of three series.

The team was off to Klamath Falls for the state tournament on Saturday, July 13.

That tournament is a six-team affair running through July 19.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Haylee Dorie slips into third during the Scappoose 10-11 game against Hollywood/Rose City/Wilshire-Riverside last week. The team will play at state at the Centennial Middle School field in Gresham.

Scappoose opens the tournament with a game against a combined West Salem/Parrish/South Salem team at 10 a.m. If they win, they play at 10 a.m. the next day and if they lose at 6 p.m. on July 15. The tournament is double elimination. The championship is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 18. An “if game” would be played at 6 p.m., July 19. The winner of the tournament advances to Tucson, Arizona for a regional tournament.

The Scappoose 10-11s also had just one opponent (Hollywood/Rose City/Wilshire-Riverside) but it took them three games to dispatch them. They handled their opponents 12-1 in the first outing, fell 14-13 in the second game, but bounced back to post an 11-4 win in the final game.

Pitcher Jenna Hatcher struck out 11 and walked just one in the first game. Top hitters in the contest included Ciara Santangelo with two doubles, Angel Rodriguez with a double, two RBIs from Montana Poppenhagen, and an RBI from catcher Haylee Dorie.

Scappoose would put Hollywood down in order in three of their innings in the championship. Hatcher struck out seven and gave up just five hits and three walks in the final district game. She also added a single and scored three times. Hitting highlights included: Santangelo with two singles, two doubles, and an outstanding six RBIs; Hannah Patrick with two singles, two runs scored, and an RBI; Allison Wills with two singles, a run and an RBI; Dorie with a single, a run, and an RBI; and Gyllian Mullen with a single and an RBI.

The Scappoose 10-11s advance to the state tournament in Gresham, hosted by the Centennial Little League at Centennial Middle School. There is no regional for 10-11s.

The state tournament is involves just four teams. Scappoose plays Hermiston in the first game on July 13. No time was posted. Win or lose, they play the next day as well. If they win their first two, they’ll be in the championship. If they lose along the way, they’ll have to win one or two more to make the finals, and win twice in the finals.

For the Scappoose All-Stars (11-12s) the tournament didn’t turn out as they would have liked. The team opened the three-team tournament with a 9-2 loss to Parkrose. Parkrose would lose to Peninsula, and that pitted them against Scappoose again. Scappoose eliminated Parkrose, 12-0, but then needed to beat Peninsula twice to win the tournament. It didn’t work out. They lost 8-0 in their first meeting, giving Peninsula the title. The state tournament is in Scappoose.

The Scappoose 9-10s were something of a hard-luck team in their tournament. The squad fell 11-10 to the Willamette/Wilshire-Riverside game in an extra-inning first game. They had several chances to end the game with a win, but came up just short. They would be eliminated with a loss to Lakeside/Parkrose in their next outing. That state tournament is also in Scappoose, starting Friday.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Collision at second. Scappoose's Jada Dickerson runs into Willamette second baseman during the opening game of the Little League softball 9-10s district tournament. Scappoose lost the game in extra innings.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Erin Reardon of the Scappoose All-Stars softball team was out, but safe on this play. She had been obstructed earlier at second base. Scappoose lost the game.