The little league championship stage is set, as second-half champ Maritime Services and first-half champ McIsaac’s will battle it out for all the Majors marbles on July 4.
Both teams slugged it out all season and finished with identical 15-3 records. They played three close head-to-head games, with McIsaac’s winning two and Maritime one. The annual championship game will be held next Thursday at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Little League Ballpark on Nix Drive in Hood River.
Around the rest of the league, the Hood River Elks had a tough final week, dropping their final three games. But they still managed to hold onto third place in the overall standings due to a strong second-half start.
Two of the losses were by just one run (4-3 to fourth-place
Underwood Fruit and 3-2 to McIsaac’s), but the third was a deflating 16-8 loss to Sprint 509, which finished fifth overall.
The winless Odell Lions rounded out the final Majors standings in sixth place.
All-Star squads were selected last week for boys majors, girls majors and girls minors. Each team will play in district tournaments, which will be held the next two weeks.
The boys minors All-Star teams have also been practicing for their district tournament, which started last weekend in Boardman. Hood River sent two teams, with hopes of advancing to the state tournament later in the summer.
American All-Stars start strong
The Hood River American All-Stars started off strong at last weekend’s district tournament in Boardman, winning their first two games over Columbia and Bend South.
In the process, the stand-out group of 9-10 year-old minors set itself apart from local American All-Star teams of years past by winning more than one game at the annual tournament.
In game one versus Columbia last Friday, the Americans rode the stellar six-inning pitching performance of Brandon Nelson to win 13-9. The team posted eight hits and three sacrifices, and was led offensively by Michael Smith and Luke Tanner.
In game two on Saturday, the Americans continued to pound out the hits, beating Bend South by a count of 14-13. Jose Frias, Keith Stephenson and Tanner each pitched for HR. First baseman Brent Goe made numerous key plays during the game, and capped the win by snaring a line drive in the sixth.
The Americans continued to play on Monday, but results were not available at press time. Manager Jim Sinclair and coaches Jeff McNerney and Kevin Nelson said they have been very impressed with the team’s hard work to this point.