In the last two weeks, we have shuttled to a dozen baseball games, my son's games and his buddies and local kids' playing in JBO and Little League, not to mention a few softball games as well.
Why? Because it's fun.
Last night we got to sit and watch (for free!) a majors tournament game that had kids in both dugouts that play hard, play fair and play well. We saw three homeruns over the fence, a fire-ball thrower, unbelievable defense, and aggressive baserunning. SunCreek LL beat their friends and rivals Hillsboro LL 11-3.
Here is an update on scores from the (Oregon) District 4 Majors BB tournament:
Game 9: Raleigh Hills LL 5, Tigard 12
Game 10: Lake Oswego LL 13, Cedar Mill LL 0
Game 11: Beaverton Area LL 7, Tigard LL 8
Game 12: Cedar Mill LL 9, Raleigh Hills LL 13
Game 13: Lake Oswego LL 4, Raleigh Hills 1
Game 14: SunCreek LL 11, Hillsboro LL 3
Game 15: Wolf Creek LL 1, Murrayhill LL 5
Game 16: Cedar Mill LL vs. Beaverton Area LL
End of Pool Play; Advancing to District 4 Semifinals tonight on Alpenrose Main:
Game 17: Lake Oswego LL (#1 Pool B) vs. SunCreek LL (#2 Pool A), 5pm
Game 18: Tigard LL (#2 Pool B) vs. Murrayhill LL (#1 Pool A), 7:30pm
Game 14 featured just about everything a good Little League game can... SunCreek LL sent Shane to the mound and tight defense behind him (Ben and Jesse making great plays) kept Hillsboro scoreless. SC led off with Tyler who walked, Ben doubled to left center, and Zach doubled to bring home the first two runs. End of 1st inning, SC 2, Hillsboro 0.
Ben and Jesse again fielded hard hits and Shane needed only 8 pitches to end the top of the 2nd inning. In the bottom, Dakota recorded three strikeouts. But Hillsboro got on the board in the top of the third when Kyle walked and Hollin smacked the first over-the-fencer of the night, score 2-2.
Blake led off the SC half by lining a shot to the fence, stealing third and home, and providing the only run, SC 3, Hillsboro 2.
Jake made a great catch of Rich's shot to the centerfield fence to highlight the top of the 4th. Zach added to his RBI total in the bottom of the fourth, when his three-run homer scored Jake and Ben, SC 6, Hillsboro 2.
Joseph's fantastic catch in right field ended a Hillsboro rally with two boys on base. In the bottom of the fifth, SC opened up its lead when Ben's double scored Tyler and Nick. Ben scored on Zach's smash to shortstop, and Blake launched the third over-the-fencer, making the score 11-2.
Ben took the mound in the top of the 6th. After Jack's walk and an error in fielding Rich's grounder, runners were on 2nd and 3rd. Nick flew out, but Jack scored from third. Ben's cut of the incoming throw and quick fire to second base made it a double play. After a strike-out, the game ended 11-3. SunCreek moves out of pool play for the first time in three years!