La Grande 9-10 all-stars win district title
ATHENA — The La Grande 9-10-year-old Little League all-star team captured the district title Thursday.
La Grande defeated Pendleton 14-1 in the championship game.
La Grande scored five runs in the first inning, three in the second and six more to close out the game.
Brody Kincade picked up the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and striking out nine batters.
Logan Paustian led the team offensively with three hits.
The team will now head to the state tournament in Lake Oswego. They will take on the Salem District at 7 p.m. next Friday.
La Grande 20, Baker 10
The 9-10 team reached the championship game by defeating Baker City 20-10 on Wednesday.
La Grande was led by Parker Robinson who had three hits in the ball game. Jameson Halsey picked up his second win of the tournament on the mound.
“The kids have done an outstanding job hitting the ball this week,” said manager Shane Frederick.
La Grande’s 11-12-year-old team fell to Pendleton 8-7 in the championship game
La Grande jumped out to a 1-0 lead before Pendleton tied the game with a solo home run in the first inning.
Pendleton made it 3-1 in the bottom half of the second.
Braden Bell tied the game with a two-run single in the top half of the third.
After the fiftth inning
But Pendleton finished the game with a four-run rally to take home the championship.
La Grande 10, Wallowa 3
The 11-12 team advanced to the title game by taking down Wallowa Valley 10-3 Wednesday.
La Grande had 19 hits as a team and was led by Braden Bell and G.T. Blackman, who combined for seven total hits in the game.
Bryant Gerdes picked up the win by pitching 5 2/3 innings and striking out seven Wallowa Valley batters.
“Our pitching has carried us the last two games,” manager Greg Blackman said.