Maritime Services of Hood River locked up the Little League Majors second-half title last week with a convincing 18-6 win over the third-place Hood River Elks.
A nine-run second inning led to a 12-2 lead and gave pitcher Dylan Tiss all he would need to pick up the important win.
Tiss also helped his own cause in the crucial second with a two-run blast. Elliot Sherrell added another homerun in the top of the fourth to put the game out of reach.
The win assured Maritime of a berth in the July 4 championship game against first-half champ, McIsaac’s of Parkdale. Maritime also upped its record to 15-3 — one-half game ahead of McIsaac’s in the overall standings.
McIsaac’s (14-3) plays the Elks (9-6) this week for a chance to catch Maritime atop the overall standings. The Elks have a firm grasp on third after defeating Sprint 509 last week by a score of 5-0. Junior Alaniz gave up just one hit over six innings to secure the win.
Currently in fifth place, Sprint 509 (6-11) edged one step closer to fourth place with a 10-5 victory over Underwood Fruit later in the week. Underwood is holding steady at 7-10, while and the Odell Lions round out the standings at 0-18. Three make-up games are scheduled for this week.
The boys minors have finished league play and held all-star tryouts June 7-8. The minors district tournament will begin June 21 in Boardman.
Major boys all-star tryouts will begin this Saturday, along with girls minors and majors. The girls will play in Redmond at the end of June, and the boys will play in The Dalles in July.