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Local youngsters storm through district; state bound

  • Written by Don Mann
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Xavier Hendrix pitched five innings, permitting only two hits, for the win. Photo by Don Mann.
Xavier Hendrix pitched a two-hitter over five innings and Alex Thorber cracked a two-run homer to propel the Woodinville age 10-11 all-stars to an 8-1 win over Magnolia in the District 8 championship game Monday at Northshore Athletic Fields.

The victory capped a tremendous team run out of the losers’ bracket in the double-elimination tourney and punched their ticket to the state Little League tournament which began in Cheney, Wash., this weekend.

After dropping its district opener 10-9, Woodinville reeled off an improbable seven do-or-die wins in a row by the scores of 16-2, 16-0, 17-2, 14-2, 12-4, 12-2 and 8-1. Spotting Magnolia a one-run lead in the title game, Woodinville grabbed it back on a bad-hop single by Chris Wilson and back-to-back doubles by Mason Osgood and Alex Thornber to go up 2-1 in the third inning. Then came the defensive gem of the game: With runners at the corners and one out, Woodinville left-fielder Matt Welter made a sensational leaping stab of a hard line drive destined for extra bases and Hendrix wiggled out of the only jam he faced in the contest.

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Woodinville leftfielder Matt Welder snags a wicked line drive for a crucial out during the local 10-11 all-star team’s 8-1 win over Magnolia in the District 8 title game. Photo by Don Mann.
It remained 2-1 into the fifth, when Wilson led off with a sharp single to center and one out later Thornber went yard with a no-doubt laser to dead center for a 4-1 lead. Woodinville added four more late runs to win going away. Wilson, Osgood, Thornber, Jonny Bell and Steve Marantz led a 12-hit attack with two hits apiece.

Hendrix struck out six and walked two, and the only run allowed was unearned, before he reached the mandatory 85-pitch count departure. Osgood came on in the sixth, after a leadoff base on balls, to record the final three outs in order.

 

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