It is coming down to the wire for many of the top Babe Ruth baseball teams. With championship week on the schedule for The Dalles Babe Ruth Organization, there have been several close matchups so far, including a pair of one-run elimination baseball playoff games played Wednesday night at Kramer Field in The Dalles. In first round play, White Salmon defeated Hood River Gray by a 5-4 and, in the semifinal rounds, Pepsi defeated ECE in a tough showdown, 10-9 to advance to Friday’s title game. On the other side of the bracket, Hood River Green squares off against White Salmon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. tonight for a chance at earning a finals berth against Pepsi. There have been five games played so far in a single elimination format to determine the Babe Ruth League champions. Pepsi started play as the No. 1 seed, since they only lost one game during the regular season and wound up with an impressive 11-1 overall record. The second and third place teams, ECE and Hood River Green, were both tied with identical 9-3 records. In the first day of play, Pepsi doubled up on Big Sky by an 8-4 margin and then Hood River Green cruised to a lopsided victory over Lyle.
Players representing The Dalles Little League named The Bats from the Rookie/Coach Pitch division enjoyed a breakthrough season under head coach Dave Johnson. The players and coaches are, pictured from left to right, starting in the top row, Coach Johnson, Cayden Whitaker (9), Jeremiah Salazar (8), Andrew Westin (8), Reese Kenslow (8), Colton Churchill (9), and Coach Doug McKinney. In the bottom row are, from left, Boston Johnson (7), Brody Taylor (7), Camden Dooley (7), Ryan Henrikson (6), Ava Barker (7), Mason Ramsey (7), and Carson Ramsey (8), Not pictured is Owen Synder (8). Contributed photo
Softball squad goes 4-1 in tourney play in Newberg
Playing under scorching conditions, the 14U Cherry City crush maintained their momentum with a 4-1 record and second-place honors at the NAFA 14U B Division West Coast Challenge in Newberg. “I can’t be more proud of our girls,” said Crush coach Leroy Tharp. “They go into these tournaments against some of these teams that come from bigger cities that draw the best kids from all those schools, and compete at a high level. I love the fact that those teams know that they have a battle on their hands and draw that kind of respect from our small community. It’s a great feeling.”
Legion squad is held to just five hits in their 7-2 loss
With an opportunity to hit the field for the first time this season, Columbia Gorge Hustler head coach Chris Loyd was able to gauge and evaluate his group in its home opener Monday at Bob Williams Field. Even though the Hustlers fell by a 7-2 margin to Champion, the first-year coach said he liked what he saw from an offensive standpoint and continued his excitement about his pitching staff. In all, the Hustlers totaled five hits, received two walks and had his players reach on five Champion errors, but left six runners on base.
Minors Cubs total 16 hits in their 12-6 title victory
Last season, head coach Michael Cates had to deal with the heartache of a one-run loss in a championship game. This year, his Cubs left nothing to chance. Finley Corbin and William Lee went a combined 6 for 6 with three RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Hanks Auto Cubs to a 12-6 victory over the Les Schwab Rockies Saturday in Minors baseball action at Kramer Field.
Evans and DeLeon notch 12 strikeouts in 3-1 victory
Shane Floyd capped his Little League career with three city championships. Each one is more meaningful than the next, but Saturday’s 3-1 Angels win over the Cardinals made it even more special. “It was really fun. It feels good to accomplish something we have been working hard all season for,” Floyd said. “We had some hard practices with the coaches and we struggled a little bit, but we came out in the end, so it feels pretty good.”
Camp scheduled to be at The Dalles Middle School
The Dalles girls’ basketball program is offering its annual three-day fundamental hoops camp from 8:30-11:30 a.m. starting Wednesday, June 15 at The Dalles Middle School in the gym. Boys and girls will be taught different parts of the game by coaches along with current and former players. This camp is open for boys and girls from the fourth-through-eighth grades, and the cost is $50 per person. There will be competitive drills, techniques taught, scrimmages and other aspects of the game covered. With the fees, every participant will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call coach Dan Telles at 541-993-3319. TD XC starts summer workout The Dalles Cross Country team will begin its offseason running program starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. This is open to all runners who are in middle and high school, including St. Mary’s Academy students. During June, the plan is to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. On Monday and Friday, the team will practice at Sorosis Park, and on Wednesday nights, they will work out at Lewis and Clark Park on 1st and Union Street. For additional information on these workouts, to volunteer or to join, call TD cross country head coach Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. Youth football signups on tap The Dalles Youth Football organization has registration open for youths from first grade through sixth. There is an $80 early bird price until June 15 and the price goes up to $100 price for tackle athletes from grades 3-6. For flag football for boys and girls in grades 1-2, the costs start at $40. Parents will be asked to volunteer time working in different parts, ranging from front gate duties, concessions, cleanup, coaching and other areas of need that may arise. All paperwork must be filled out and insurance papers completed before the first game. Parents can log on to www.eteamz.com/thedallesyouthfootball to print from the handouts tab.
More than 150 boys and girls expected to sign up
If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary. Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 20, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 23rd season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School. Cost to attend this event is $100 until the capacity of 150 is met. Some of the areas instructed include ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense. Program coordinator Tom Conklin will have the kids give their undivided attention to details, attentively listening to each word their coach offers. Several former or current athletes from across the area will be on hand for individualized instruction. While an athlete may be blessed with speed and size, possess solid inside skills or a deadly 3-point shot, Conklin said none of those attributes matter if a player cannot mesh with his or her teammates. “We spend a lot of time teaching about the character of an athlete,” said Tom Conklin. “First or last place, it does not matter. When the game is finished, how will others remember me as a player? Will coaches see me as a class act? We select specific quotes that guide each of our five days of camp. These quotes stem from a deep experience that defines struggle ultimately providing the success we were hoping for, but not sure we’d attain.” Along with the opportunity to work together to practice their new skills, the aim of the camp is predicated on emphasizing the fundamentals, developing proper mechanics and gaining valuable game experience. Campers acquire and carry the knowledge over for a chance to get a solid start to their upcoming seasons. In the end, there is no better tool than getting on the hardwood. “In the process, I realized kids and all folks love to work towards a goal,” Conklin added. “In the process or journey, they develop much more than an outcome. The journey is what makes the person, not really the prize. When a person wins a running race, they, in my opinion, won because they reaped the reward of the process or developmental benefits of striving for a goal.” Early in the morning, the athletes sit down for a speech from one of the coaches, and then the instruction begins. After a break, the kids get an opportunity to use their skills in friendly scrimmages, with coaches emphasizing proper techniques on the sidelines. Once all of the daily work is completed, the campers get a chance to soak up some sunshine at Dufur City Pool for a dip in the drink. The money raised helps fund the Jim Schultz Scholarship program at Dufur schools and many of the other Dufur sports programs. In addition, Conklin said he felt extremely blessed to raise money from the Jumpstart track and cross country races, the hoops camp and other yearly events so he can cut checks for Home at Last, the Salvation Army, The Dalles River Trail Project and other programs. Interested parties can email questions to Jumpstartyouthactivities @gmail.com or log on to Jumpstartcamps.com.
Gorge Indoor Soccer players celebrate championships at the recently completed league finals at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. At the top left are the 7U champions named Real Madrid. To the right, at the top, is Team Azul, the champions of the 12U classification. On the bottom left, Team K and K Orchards took first place in the Men’s Second Division. On the bottom right, Team Atletico dominated the competition all the way to a Men’s First Division title. “I’m happy to see the youth developing skills to help them on their future in the sport,” said Indoor Soccer Director Izzy Quiroz. “These kids can play against the best out there and Indoor has helped all players get the playing time in order to get to the next level.” The season starts in September for all divisions. Call 541-340-9175 for information. Contributed photos
The Dalles Cheer team was out in full force this past Saturday at the Urness Motors parking lot in The Dalles for its annual car wash fundraiser. In all, more than $1,500 was raised for the program to help offset costs accrued during the 2016-2017 season. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, the team will have its yard sale on the front lawn of The Dalles High School. Any and all donations are accepted, and individuals from the community can drop off items at the high school as early as 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 17 for sale. All donations go toward helping the group attend cheer camp this summer July 11-14 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. For more information, to volunteer or to donate, email coach Kelsey Sugg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beverly Nanez/Contributed photo
TDLL teams bring talent and skill to forefront
Three teams. Three dreams. One goal. The Dalles Little League announced its 12U, 11U and 10U All-Star teams for the start of District 5 baseball action on June 24 in Prineville. Deric Anthony leads the 13-player 12U team as head coach, Mike Wilbur is on board for 11U squad in his first year and Ken Brock has 13 of the top 10U players ready to roll for a chance at district, state and beyond.
Five harriers from across the gorge fare well at invite
Back for another summer running season is The Dalles Middle School standout Emily Johnson, and she is joined by Ellie Rising, Maddie Nichols, David Cribbs and Hunter Nichols to form the 2016 version of Athletics East Running Club. This past weekend, the five harriers took part in the West Coast Invitational at Linfield College in McMinnville and posted several personal records and first-place finishes in their first major event of the summer.
Legion baseball team is loaded with talent from the gorge
This year, more than any other, there are reasons for optimism for the 2016 Columbia Gorge Hustler baseball team. A main reason for this level of unbridled enthusiasm is based on the depth and quality of arms throwing from the mound.
Soccer and football holding Saturday signups; Rainy Day Funda run set for Saturday morning
TD Swim Team starts on Monday The Dalles Swim Team begins its 2016 season on Monday, June 13, at the Ted Walker Memorial Pool in The Dalles.
14U Crush wins Newberg Tournament softball crown
Entering 2016, the Cherry City Crush softball team knew it had to approach matters as the hunted as opposed to the hunter. The 2015 ASA 12U state champions are a year older and wiser in the 14U ranks, and have answered a lot of those questions through 19 games with a 14-5 record. This past weekend, the Crush slugged six home runs, outscored their opponents by a 67-22 margin and amassed a 4-1 record in the Gold bracket to claim a Newberg Tournament title.