JBO team takes Valley League title

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The KYSA 12U American JBO baseball team celebrates its league title by gathering for a photo. The team heads to Albany this week to compete in the district tournament. (Submitted)

The KYSA 12U American JBO baseball team celebrates its league title by gathering for a photo. The team heads to Albany this week to compete in the district tournament. (Submitted)

The KYSA 12U American JBO baseball team, Keizer Celtics, took first place in the Valley League to advance to the JBO District Tournament being held in Albany Thursday through Sunday.

The Celts beat Central twice in a double header Tuesday, July 2, to take the first place seed in the district tournament.   Erik Barker hit a walk off double in the sixth inning to win the first game.  Jaidyn Jackson was the winning pitcher, allowing a single run on four hits with four strike outs. Alex Simpson and Erik Barker also pitched.   Pitchers in the second game were Luke Miller, Noah Lelack and Erik Barker. The team batted .357 in the double header.

Barker went 3-for-4 with two doubles, Luke Miller 3-for-4, Jacob Haller and Drew Bartlett 2-for-4, Jaidyn Jackson 2-for-5 and Riley Flores, Nigel Harris and Jamison Martin all produced hits for the team.  Strong play in the outfield by Nigel Harris and Jamison Martin alongside outstanding catching from Brandon Reed helped clinch the wins.

Keizer Celtics 12U American players are:  Erik Barker, Drew Bartlett, Riley Flores, Jacob Haller, Nigel Harris, Jaidyn Jackson, Noah Lelack, Jamison Martin, Luke Miller, Collin Penner, Brandon Reed, Alex Simpson.   The team is coached by Jason Flores, Dave Bartlett, Justin Penner and Kurt Barker.

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