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2008 Junior State Baseball Weekend

Posted by todblog on July 29, 2008

July 27, 2008

Today marked the end of the summer season for Oregon’s Division II Junior State Baseball Teams as the Championship Tournament was held this weekend in Canby, Oregon. Jacob’s team was sponsored by Clint Newell Auto Group in Roseburg and they were coached by Al Skinner of Glide High School’s Varsity Baseball Team. The team consisted of 14 boys ranging in age from 13 to 15 years old.

The Clint Newell Cruisers baseball team was put together in mid June after a couple of days of tryouts and Al Skinner did a great job with the boys. They traveled up and down the Interstate 5 corridor to play teams from the southern Willamette Valley to the Medford area. Thanks to Clint Newell and his generous sponsorship of a 15 passenger van, the Cruisers were able to travel together whether or not parents could make the game.

The Cruisers managed to do very well and were granted a slot in the double elimination Championship Tournament. Their first game was on Thursday ( July 24, 2008 ) against Eagle Point. The Cruisers beat them 18-3 and advanced in the winners bracket to Friday’s game against Oregon City. That game tested the Cruisers by forcing them to play tough and come from behind in the bottom of the last inning to win 7-6. Again the Cruisers were able to advance to the next game which was the semi-final match-up with the home team Canby.

The Canby team was tough and it was a slug fest which found the Cruisers playing catch up the entire game however, they couldn’t pull it off and lost the game 10-13. It was a heart-breaker as the team felt they were a good opponent but, beatable. Oh well, that’s baseball. The loss bumped the team out of the championship game and put the Cruisers into a playoff game for third place against North Eugene.

Unlike the Canby game, this final game found the bats very quiet on both sides however, one team was held to no runs and the final score was 2-0 with a third place trophy and medals going to the Cruisers!

It was a very fun weekend with lots of good food in between games. While in the Portland area, we pigged-out on good local Hawaiian food on Friday night at the Bamboo Grove restaurant. Whoa, the kal-bi ribs were killer (made Maui Azeka Store style) and of course the kalua pig, teri chicken, namasu, etc. was all broke-da-mout good. We even had a plate of ahi poke with sweet onions…mmmm. On Saturday we caught a couple of hours at the Hoike Celebration in downtown Vancouver, WA. It was crazy with long lines for all the ono food and some said they waited 2hrs for shave ice! Of course, everything was Hawaiian time so, you had to wait as people in the booth talked story, hugged and kissed with others, etc. Meanwhile, the stage had some good live music by a variety of Hawaiian musicians and dancers. On Sunday, we snuck down to the small Chinatown in downtown Portland and had a wonderful dim sum lunch at Fong Chong’s before the last game on Sunday. That was a good ono weekend of food and sports with family and friends.

Chasing a hard white ball around the state has been lots of fun this past year and it’s brought us closer to the teammates and their supportive parents and gotten us to some pretty good eats around the state. Most of all, it’s brought us together with friends we don’t always get to see. Thanks Hotel Chang for taking such good care of us over the weekend and the warm hospitality whenever we stay with you guyz. Thanks Bitsy and Lorri for taking the time to show us around and catch some good grinds while in the big city!

The Clint Newell Cruisers with their 3rd Place Division II Junior State Trophy

Al Skinner and Clint Newell

Jacob with his 3rd Place medal

Serious Medium-Sized Dinners at Bamboo Grove

Enjoying the music at the Vancouver Hoike Festival

Long lines waiting for food. Amazing to see all these islanders coming out of the woodwork!


6 Responses to “2008 Junior State Baseball Weekend”

  1. Maile said

    My nephew is so handsome – can’t believe how he’s maturing. Gotta love that hapa haole blood.


  2. Uncle Howard said

    I need you to teach me how to publish a “Blog”..uyou do a great job.


  3. Bets said

    Good ole Jacob – growing up! Didn’t see a picture of Jessica. Wish I’d known you were going all the way up north, so I coulda warned Dale-guys to go watch, and get in on all the `ono kau kau.

    A hui hou, Bets


  4. Mah Ohana said

    Hey there,
    Congratulations on your third place win. Brandon starts cross country(crazy people) Their team won BIIF’s last year, with Jake Shiraki at the helm. Lyla is busy with school. She is the student body president.(another crazy person) Good to see that you guys are happy and doing great up there. We still miss you guys. Brandon wanted to know when Jacob was coming “home” again. Take care and be happy. Aloha pumehana, us guys


  5. Mike Hino said

    Tod, I’m a foster parent again. I got two boys from Molokai that I’m taking care of. I’d like to thank you for the up lifting updates. Your stories of you and your son are enjoyable and remind me that there’s a lot of good things going on out there. It helps me get away from all the challenging things I’m faced and deal with as a high school administrator. All the headaches I put my teachers and principals through I’m having to deal with on the other side this time. The students are great and we get along quite well. However, there are quite a few with family situations that would test the best of us.

    Mahalo again,
    Bradah Hino


  6. Barb Rowland said

    Hey you little poop! You were in Vancouver and didn’t call us?!!! We are 5 minutes from the park where you were at! you played Canby in baseball and Tom’s son Shaun plays on the high school baseball team! Anyways…call us next time you’re in town. We always have room and would love to hang with you. Barb, Jerry, Ben, Sara, and Lydia
    PS: Great job Jacob! I hope we get to meet you someday..last I saw you, you were still a babe in arms! You’ll definitely be taller than your dad…hee hee. My Ben is taller than me already..5′ 7″ and 13 years old!


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