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City crowns are on the line

When it comes to playoff baseball, fans can expect edge-of-your-seat action and two little league teams who put their heart and soul into the game for a chance at a city championship.

This week, The Dalles Little League had their playoffs, with games in the Minor and Majors.

The Mariners have an opportunity to complete a solid season with a showdown versus the Cubs.

At the start of action, the Mariners were the No. 1 seed and they unseated the Cardinals Monday in the semifinals to earn their title push.

The No. 2-seeded Cubs used some clutch hits and strong pitching to tally a win over the Red Sox to punch their finals ticket. This contest starts at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Kramer Field.

In the Minors Division, there were upsets galore in the playoffs with both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds knocked out in the opening round.

There were eight teams vying for the last two spots with the Braves, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Angels duking it out for local bragging rights

Now that the dust has settled, the No. 5 seeded White Sox will lock horns against the No. 3 Marlins in the first game at 10:30 a.m.

These White Sox have found their groove just in time for this memorable playoff run.

Last season, the tournament title came down to a rough and tumble battle with the Giants jumping out in front by as much as a 5-1 margin, but held off a late rally by the Athletics to secure a 6-4 winner.

On the Giants was Henry Lee, Michael Armstrong and Devon Eiesland.

For the Athletics, this hard-hitting team was led by Tyler Vassar, Zach Anderson and Sam Thalhofer.

While the Majors Division endured a nail biting scenario, last season’s Minors championship pitted the D-Backs opposite the Pirates in what turned out to be a 12-1 triumph.

Mathew Chudek, Drew Evans and Shane Floyd combined to go 6 for 6 with three runs scored and six RBIs, as the D-Backs had 13 straight batters reach base in the second and third frames, including six consecutive hits in a five-run second inning.

On the Pirates team were Peyton Beeks, Bradley Bowman and Spencer Guscette.

To find out more about The Dalles Little League program, log on to www.eateamz/tdll.

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