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Union County 15 year olds win tournament
The Union County 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team had a 4-0 weekend to claim the District 3 championship Saturday with a 12-2 victory over the Baker Diamondbacks.
UC will now go to the state tournament which starts next week.
“The kids showed up and played well,” UC manager Matt Duncan said.
“They hit the ball well. That’s a good pitcher (Baker’s Trevor Bennett), but he did nothing tonight to us. The kids were ready for him.”
Ready was right.
Union County jumped on Bennett for three runs in the first inning.
A two-run single by Isaiah Cranford jump-started UC, followed by a wild pitch that allowed Cranford to score.
Baker looked like they might hang around, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning.
But UC put up four runs in the second inning and four more in the fifth to blow the game open.
That was plenty of run support for Jake Workinger, who pitched all six innings, striking out three and allowing five hits.
“It feels really good,” Workinger said after the win. “My two-seam fastball was really hitting the outside corner most of the time and that was really working.”
Duncan said he thought about pulling Workinger in the third inning, but Workinger wanted nothing to do with it.
“I wanted to finish it,” Workinger said.
“It felt amazing getting the final out.”
Ray Jiminez finished 4-for-5 at the plate for UC, while Ross Duncan and Cranford both were 2-for-3.
“They knew to wait for their pitch tonight,” Duncan said.
“They waited for their pitch and they hit it.”
Union County out-hit the Diamondbacks 12-5 and committed two errors to Baker’s five.
The state tournament will begin next week, but Duncan said his players had other stuff to do than think about what’s ahead.
“I don’t even think they’re thinking about (state) right now. Half of them are going fishing now,” Duncan said.
Duncan said UC will face a team out of District 1, which is from the Beaverton area.