Let's kick off our team preview of the ten qualifiers for the 2012 Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, with hometown Raleigh Hills Little League.
Alpenrose Dairy/Stadium is located within Portland city limits, in a beautiful wooded neighborhood in the southwest quadrant of the city. It is right next to the Washington County line, which is home to Beaverton and Nike and Intel and is Portland's westside suburb.
It also sits in Oregon Little League District 4, and when LL Inc. moved to a Host team per World Series in (looking up the date :), the local girls have been able to play in August at Alpenrose after spending time there in April through July.
The 2012 winner of the OD4 tournament, played July 16-19, was Lincoln-Raleigh Hills LL, playing as RHLL. By virtue of a huge comeback in the 5th inning of the title game, RHLL roared back from a 6-1 deficit and defeated Tualatin City LL 7-6 in the championship game to earn the LLSWS automatic berth.
RHLL then must wait and practice as the rest of the world competes in state and regional tournaments, a mixed blessing for sure.
Good luck to the players and coaches of Raleigh Hills Little League, Host Team (Oregon District 4)!