By Terry McCormick

Portland Leader

The Portland 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars advanced out of the area tournament in Westmoreland and qualified for the district tournament at Elvis Brown Park in Portland this past week.

The Portland 11-12s were declared runner-up in the area tournament after they defeated Lafayette. They were scheduled to play top-seeded Westmoreland last Thursday night, but rain washed away that game.

Due to the region tournament starting in Portland on Friday night, the teams received permission to seed based on previous results in the area tournament, pitting Portland against a powerful Smith County team.

It was a rough go for Portland in the game, but there was one highlight for the Portland 11-12s as David Estrada cracked a first-inning solo home run to give the Portland Little Leaguers a 1-0 lead.

After that, Smith County struck back and ended the game in three innings by the run rule, 16-1.

On Saturday night, the Portland squad fared much better against Gallatin, but fell short 12-9. Portland put base runners on in the top of the sixth inning, but came up shy, ending their season in the district tournament.

Play remained on-going for the other teams in the tournament at Portland on Monday and Tuesday. Westmoreland and Gallatin were scheduled to play in the losers bracket final Monday night. Westmoreland defeated Gallatin, 4-1, in the first round, but then lost to Smith County, 4-2, setting up Monday night's game. The winner of that contest was scheduled to play unbeaten Smith County on Tuesday. If the Westmoreland/Gallatin winner wins on Tuesday, then a tiebreaker championship game would be set for Friday night in Portland.

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