Both the major and minor league Wallowa Valley Little League All-Star teams made their presence known at the Pendleton All-Star Tournament that took place in late June and early July.
The major league boys, led by Zack Grover, came away with third and a 2-2 record in the tournament.
The boys smoked La Grande, 10-3, in their June 30 opener.
The second game saw the boys annihilate Harney County in a 19-0 blowout on July 1. Two Wallowa boys hit home runs in the contest with Tye Prince blowing a grand slam out of the park while Jaxon Grover fired a two-run shot over the wall.
“As a team, the boys showed how hard they’ve been working over the last several months and with the other coaches over the last three weeks,” said manager Zack Grover. Mark Knapp and Alford Larison also coached the team.
The team jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Baker in the third game of the tournament on July 3. It didn’t stay that way for long.
“Baker ended up winning 15-5. We only scored one more run.” Grover said.
The fourth game, a semifinal battle against Pendleton, ended with a 13-8 loss for the home team.
“It was a lot closer than that,” Grover said. “We were only down by three until they added a two-run homer in the sixth inning. The boys played real good against Pendleton. We hit the ball hard and well, but it seems like it went right to them every time.”
The tournament director later told the boys that they’d done better than any previous team from the county.
The minor league boys were 1-2 at the tournament and started with a promising 12-11 win over the Hermiston American in the July 1 opener.
“We won it in pretty dramatic fashion,” said manager Cameron Albee. “We were up 9-2, and they came roaring back.”
Hermiston was up 11-10 in the fifth, but the Wallowa boys surged ahead with two runs in their half of the inning to take back the lead for good before finishing off Hermiston in the sixth.
The WV boys lost to Pendleton, 15-3, in the following game and dropped the final game to La Grande, 18-3, to end the tournament.
“The kids played well, and they played hard,” Albee said. “We fell short on the scoreboard is all.”