Around the diamond


Florence little league 10-and-under team the Littlefoots emerged from last weekend’s jamboree with a 5-1 record, including 83 runs over two days of play.

Aug. 26, 2020 — Over the weekend, baseball was in full swing during a two-day little league baseball jamboree held at the Siuslaw High School softball fields.

Florence 10-and-under team the Littlefoots competed against teams from Newport, Lincoln City, Willamette Valley and Thurston — which Florence beat twice in come-from-behind wins in the sixth inning.

The Littlefoot’s only loss came at the hands of Willamette Valley All-Stars, which was one win away from the Little League World Series last season as a 9U team.

Florence had lost to that same team a week earlier, 2-8, but was the only team to score against the W. Valley line-up.

Saturday, Florence opened with a 21-11 win over Newport, then defeated Lincoln City 19-6.

The Littlefoots then lost to Willamette Valley 2-14 before edging out Thurston 10-9 in the final game of the day.

Sunday, Florence swept both games, with another narrow win over Thurston, 8-7, and a lopsided 23-11 victory against Newport.

For the jamboree, the Littlefoots scored 83 runs and batted .513 as a team. Included in the 11-person 10U roster for Florence were two 8U players and one 7U player — making the team’s 5-1 performance especially impressive.

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