Wilshire Riverside out of Northeast Portland still had a great showing, as the first team from the Rose City since 1958 to make it to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as one of the 16 teams from around the world hoping to take the LLWS crown.
The team started strong with a dominating performance by left-hander Dylan MacLean who struck out 8 of the first 9 Pearland, Texas, hitters.
A packed crowd at Stanich's on Northeast Fremont cheered him along as batter after batter went down swinging.
"It's pretty cool to see the first team from our league go to Williamsport and from this area since the ‘50s," Luke Farah, a former Wilshire Riverside player, said.
"How often do you get to watch kids that you played with or coached and that your kids have played with on TV and ESPN?” Steve Myers added while rooting for the team.
The only hit given up by MacLean came in the 4th inning, when Texas shortstop Isaac Garcia blasted a solo home run. It would also be the only run of the game.
It was an incredible display by both young pitching staffs who each combined for one-hitters, with Oregon’s lone hit coming off the bat of Spencer Scott.
The good news for Portland fans is that the team is not out of it. Wilshire Riverside can still come out of the losing side of the bracket in the double elimination tournament, and after Friday's fantastic showing, the local team proved they'll be tough to eliminate.
And they will have plenty of people back home rooting them on.
"So they lost one game. If they win tomorrow, they keep on going on," fan Courtenay McKelligon said. “We have the most amazing, supportive community. We had people here from other leagues, there isn't anything better than this. I mean we have baseball in Oregon in August"
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