Major Baseball

Indians 13-3-0

Athletics 12-3-1

Cardinals 7-8-1

Pirates 6-8-2

Yankees 0-16-0

Player of the Week:
RJ Loftin (Indians)

Major Softball

Comets 10-5

Pride 9-6

Spirit 6-9

Bandits 5-10

Player of the Week:
Shay Nolan (Comets)

The 2018 Del Norte Little League season wrapped up play this week at Pykes Field in Crescent City, but there is still a lot more baseball and softball to come this summer.

A total of 425 kids competed on 36 teams throughout the various baseball and softball divisions this season — about 75 more players than in 2017. The league had the benefit of good weather this spring, with minimal rain outs through the season. Rice said they were able to make up every game that was missed this year, with the exception of tee ball games scheduled for Friday which were rained out to wrap up the year.

“It was an exciting season,” said Del Norte Little League president Cris Rice.

This year, the Indians edged out the Athletics for first place by just half a game in major baseball when the standing went final at the end of the day Thursday.

The Comets were the top team in the major softball standings all season, but a late season surge by the Pride made things interesting.

“The last night of major softball (Tuesday) was so dang exciting,” Rice said. “All the girls stayed around to watch all the games because it was so tight.”

The Comets picked up a win over the Bandits in the first game of the evening to grab a one-game lead over the Pride. The Pride had a chance to finish tied for first place, but the Spirits’ McKenna Curtis hit a home run in the seventh inning for the win.

“It was an electric night for girls softball, and we haven’t had that for a while,” Rice said. “That was a big success in my mind.”

The Dodgers were the top team in the farm league this year, after going undefeated through the season.

Although the Del Norte Little League season is at an end, the Oregon Little League postseason is about to kick off. This is the first year in recent memory, and possibly ever, that the Little League postseason will kick off right here in Crescent City with the Oregon District 8 tournament scheduled to be played at Pyke Field the week after next.

Del Norte has assembled four All-Star teams to compete in the postseason this year with two baseball teams, and two softball teams already practicing after completing tryouts last weekend.

Both Del Norte baseball All Star teams will compete for their second straight District 8 championships at Pykes Field. Both the softball All Star teams are the only teams entered in their respective district tournaments this season. Therefore, they have both automatically qualified to move on to the Oregon Little League State Tournament in July.