The two East County squads square off in Thursday's district semifinals
Gresham and Barlow have set up a semifinal showdown at the majors Little League district tournament after each win early-round games Tuesday.
The Gresham all-stars started the day with a 13-2 win over Reynolds, breaking the game open with a five-run spurt in the third inning that saw home runs by Durham Sundberg and Keegan Hunt. The Gophers ended the game early on the 10-run rule when Jayden Sare sent a two-run shot over the left-field fence in the fourth.
Cyrus Boatman hit a first-inning homer for the Raiders.
Barlow overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Clackamas 5-4 in the days second game, pulling even with a four-run spurt in the fifth inning, and winning on an RBI-single to left field by Daniel Bryant in the sixth.
Gresham and Barlow face off in the district semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clackamas Little League (Riverside Park). The tournaments title game is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.
Look for expanded early-round game coverage in our Friday, July 11, print edition.
View a photo gallery of the two games at daveball.exposuremanager.com.