West Linn closes out its Series with a 9-8 loss in Indiana on Wednesday.
The Lions came to play.
The West Linn 10U Select Green team came to play and the Lions didn’t give up.
The Lions, facing Campbellsville, Kentucky, in their fourth and final game at the 2023 Cal Ripken 10U World Series in Crown Point, Indiana, pushed ahead early and rallied from behind late before finally dropping a 9-8 decision at Jerry Ross Park’s D&L (A) Green Field.
With the loss, the Lions fell for the fourth straight time saw their World Series experience come to an end after losing in the first round of the tournament’s Iron Man bracket. West Linn, the 23rd seed, ended at 0-4 in World Series play and 39-19 overall. The Lions qualified for the World Series by winning the Pacific Northwest Regional tournament.
Campbellsville, the 18th seed, improved to 2-2 in the Series and 15-4 overall. Next up, Campbellsville will face the No. 15 West Boca All-Stars of Boca Raton, Florida, in the Iron Man quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.
While West Linn ended up on the wrong side of the final score, the Lions bared their teeth early on, scoring four times in the top of the first to grab the early momentum. Will Rolland got things started with a leadoff single, Blake Holmes followed with a walk and Harry Reed singled to left for a 1-0 lead.
Owen Gulick added an RBI double to right, Theo Eagle walked, and then, with Logan Glaze at the plate, Reed scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0. Gulick scored on another passed ball for that early 4-0 lead.
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Campbellsville began to chip away at the West Linn lead after that, however, scoring two runs each in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings to push ahead 8-4. Campbellsville did its part at the plate to be sure and finished with nine hits, but also took great advantage of the generosity of West Linn’s four pitchers, who handed out 13 walks in the contest.
Nonetheless, the Lions came back to life in the top of the sixth and scored four times to tie the contest at 8-8. Eagle kicked things off in the sixth with a leadoff double to left, then scored when Campbellsville couldn’t handle Gaege Peng’s grounder.
Jackson Radochonski walked next, and then West Linn strung together three straight singles by Danny Tilton, Rolland and Holmes, with Rolland driving in two runs and Holmes’ hit tying the game at 8-8.
But Campbellsville came through with one run in the bottom of the frame to win the game and send West Linn home. Dane G., Krue T. and Carter O. loaded the bases with no outs and Mason Burress ended the game with a walkoff single to left field.
For the game, Reed went 4 for 4 at the plate with a double, one run and one RBI, Rolland was 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs, Gulick went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI, and Holmes was 1 for 3 with one run and one RBI.
West Linn pitchers Reed, Eagle, Holmes and Zyler Harvey allowed nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits and 13 strikeouts while striking out six.
Burress and Tate Jones led Campbellsville at the plate, Burress going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI while Jones was 2 for 2 with two runs and one RBI. Jones threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five.