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Maritime takes one step closer to title game

Little League Corner

The Elks officially have the rest of the league by the horns.

After knocking off second-place Maritime Services 4-3 on June 9, the Hood River Elks rolled to their fourth consecutive victory in boys Majors play on June 11 with a 5-2 win over Sprint 509.

Junior Alaniz hit his eighth homerun of the season in the second inning, while Alex Ing drove home Philip Stenberg to break up a 2-2 tie in the fifth. Jimmy Gilkerson struck out 12 batters in six innings to pick up the win.

The Elks, who have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the July 4 championship game by winning the first-half league title, now stand at 15-2 overall (6-1 second half).

Maritime Services is safe in second place with a record of 15-3 overall (7-1 second half), and with one more win this week, they will meet the Elks on July 4.

The Elks have won two of the three meetings between the teams, but neither team is looking past the other.

“It’s going to be a good game no matter what,” said Elks team manager Oscar Stenberg. “Maritime won the whole thing last year, and they have some players that we need to look out for.”

Maritime sits a full four games ahead of third place Diamond Fruit after last week’s thrilling 5-3 come-from-behind win over Underwood. Taylor Gray hit a two-run homerun in the top of the sixth to propel the rally.

The Odell Lions also had a big week, recording one-run wins over Underwood and McIsaac’s. Meanwhile, the Parkdale Mountaineers defeated Diamond Fruit, 7-4 and Sprint beat McIsaac’s, 7-6.

The lone offensive outburst last week came during Apple City’s 22-16 win over Diamond Fruit.

One week of boys Majors play remains, with the last league game to be played on June 23.

All-star tryouts were held Sunday, and practices will begin soon. For more on boys Majors, visit www. hoodriverlittleleague.com.

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