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Little League World Series: Way to go Murrayhill

I couldn't let much more time pass before reflecting on the performance in the Little League World Series by the boys from Murrayhill.

The Oregon District 4 champs became the first Oregon team to win the State Championship four years in a row. But they weren't done yet. Murrayhill went 6-0 in the Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, California, punching their ticket for Williamsport. They went 2-1 in Pool Play to get them into the US Semifinals, where they beat the Great Lakes representative 4-3.

The came the US championship game between Murrayhill (Oregon....) and Columbus (Georgia....) Deja vu?

If you just so may recall, Oregon State and Georgia met up in the second game of the College World Series... and with the loser facing elimination, Oregon State won 5-3, for their first ever College World Series win.

But, deja vu was not the case at Lamade Stadium on Saturday when Georgia came out swinging and scored 3 quick runs in the first inning. Murrayhill would be able to match Georgia's 3 runs in the fourth inning, but Georgia was able to add 1 run in the fifth and another three in the sixth to seal the deal.

But while Oregon State was busy winning the College World Series, the boys from Beaverton were practicing, and didn't get to watch the game. While in Williamsport, they received a package from Oregon State coach Pat Casey, containing the World Series DVD, some stuffed Beavers, and a note from the OSU Coach. Murrayhill's players didn't get to watch the final two innings of the title game until right before their US Championship game against Georgia.

Oregon State's title hit home especially hard for the Murrayhill players, since OSU shortstop Darwin Barney came through the same program that they are in.

"That'd be incredible to win the World Series like they did," catcher Trevor Nix said.

That wasn't the case, but still, a job well done.

I mean, who can complain about being tied for the third best Little League team in the world?