At Astoria’s Columbia Field, the Lower Columbia 11U All-Stars took second, with a 10-5 loss to the Portland Academy Devils in the championship contest Sunday.

Lower Columbia’s record for the tournament was 1-1 in pool play, 2-2 in bracket play.

MVP Medals were given to Lower Columbia’s Eli Takalo, Ryan Stutznegger, Colby Junes and Casey Henderson.

“We had a great tournament and battled hard throughout the All-Star season,” said coach Norm Stutznegger, who coaches the team along with T.J. Henderson and Randy Lindstrom.

“We saw a lot of good pitching, and all teams that came to Astoria had a good time and experience. All of our boys played great, and we thank our community and parents for the amazing support.”

Lower Columbia also hit the ball well, with over-the-fence home runs by Junes and Stutznegger, their first homers of the year.

Ethan Lindstrom made an amazing catch in deep center field to close out one inning, while Josh Olsen made solid plays at first base, and Dylan Rush “was a vacuum” at third base, said coach Stutznegger.

Astoria School District Superintendent Craig Hoppes threw out the first pitch before the championship game.

“We had Craig come out to show our appreciation for all of his support to the total rehab of our youth baseball field,” Stutznegger said. “All expenses to redo the field were raised by the kids and amazing support from the community.”

Players on the 11U All-Star team include Logan Bartlett, Casey Henderson, Ebin Hillard, Danny Johnson, Colby Junes, Ethan Lindstrom, Josh Olsen, Dylan Rush, Ryan Stutznegger and Eli Takalo, with coaches T.J. Henderson, Randy Lindstrom and Norm Stutznegger.

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