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Junior American team goes unbeaten to county championship, will travel to state

NORTH MARION YOUTH ATHLETICS - North Marion's Junior American team won the County Championship by going undefeated in four games in last weekend's tournament. 
As summer youth baseball comes to a close in July, baseball parks around the state have played host to a variety of county tournaments to determine which teams continue to play at the state tournament.

The North Marion Youth Athletics organization, which is a part of the Clackamas County Junior Baseball Organization, was well represented at a number of tournaments up and down the Willamette Valley the past two weekends, with strong results all around.

Senior National (7th/8th grade)

The No. 7-seeded North Marion Senior National team went 1-2 over the weekend at Molalla High School's Heckard Field. The Huskies opened the tournament with a tough draw, falling 17-2 to No. 2 Oregon City on Friday to fall into the consolation side of the bracket.

North Marion rallied in the evening, taking a 9-7 victory over No. 6 Lake Oswego to stave off elimination and advance to the second day of competition. The team's run came to an end on Saturday in a 10-2 defeat against No. 1 Milwaukie.

NORTH MARION YOUTH ATHLETICS - The Huskies' Senior American team scored an upset over No. 1 Putnam on the opening day of its county tournament on Friday.

Senior American (7th/8th grade)

The No. 8-seeded North Marion Senior American team scored the upset of the weekend in the opening round of the tournament, defeating No. 1 Putnam 11-7 to advance to the quarterfinals.

But the magic couldn't be duplicated against No. 5 Clackamas, and the Huskies fell 14-3 to drop to the consolation bracket. On Saturday, North Marion's season came to a close, as the team fell 25-8 to No. 2 Gladstone.

KRISTI VAN VLECK - North Marion Junior American pitchers (from left) Wil Van Vleck, Dawson Schrenk and Blaine Smith combined to allow just two runs in the Huskies' 7-2 victory over Silverton in the championship game of the county tournament on Sunday.

Junior American (5th/6th grade)

The North Marion Junior American team entered the county tournament seeded third, but used a combination of strong defense and pitching to finish the weekend as champions after going undefeated in four games to win the county title.

The Huskies opened the tournament with arguably their closest game, defeating No. 6 Clackamas 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. There they faced the No. 2 Clackamas team, and just like the first game, held their opponent scoreless in an 11-0 shutout to move on to the semifinals.

North Marion beat the top-seeded Silverton team 4-1 to remain undefeated and advance to the championship game. Silverton won their consolation game to earn a rematch against the Huskies, but North Marion would not be denied, taking down the Foxes a second time by a margin of 7-2 to win the 2017 Clackamas County Junior American Championship.

The victory gave the Huskies a berth in the Junior American State Tournament this weekend in Hillsboro, where the team will open their first game on Thursday.

Junior National (5th/6th grade)

North Marion's Junior National team made a strong showing at their county tournament on July 7-9 at North Clackamas Park in Milwaukie. The No. 4-seeded Huskies came out of the gates on fire, beating No. 5 Redland 7-6 and scoring a 5-1 upset over No. 1 Putnam to advance to the semifinals against No. 2 Canby.

North Marion's run ended there, though, as Canby knocked off the Huskies 14-6 to drop the team to the consolation semifinals in a rematch against Putnam. This time around, Putnam got the better of them, beating the Huskies 8-6 to place the team third overall.

NORTH MARION YOUTH ATHLETICS - North Marion's Midget National team placed second in its county tournament after entering the bracket as the lowest-seeded team.

Midget National (3rd/4th grade)

While the older boys were fighting for their chance to play at the state tournament, the North Marion Midget National team had already punched its ticket to state the week prior. Entering the county tournament as the No. 8-seeded team, the Huskies fell 3-1 to No. 1 Whiskey Hill to open the tournament and send them to the consolation side of the bracket. The team rallied to stave off elimination in three straight games, beating No. 5 Oregon City 11-10 and No. 3 Oregon City 7-6 to earn a rematch against the top-seeded Whiskey Hill team.

North Marion made up for their previous loss, defeating Whiskey Hill 7-3 to advance to the consolation semifinals against No. 4 Canby. The Huskies won 14-6 to earn a championship berth against Corbett, where their run ended, giving the team a second-place finish and a trip to the state tournament.

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