Clackamas High plays title game for Jake Arntson

Clackamas High plays title game for Jake Arntson

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by KGW reporter Wayne Havrelly

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Posted on June 3, 2013 at 6:36 AM

CLACKAMAS --Seven-year-old Jacob Long loves to swing the bat, but he really misses playing with his former teammate and best friend Jake Arntson. 

"Jake would have really been excited for his Dad and his team," said Long at his Saturday morning Little League game.

Jake Arntson died on New Years Eve.  He was with his father when their truck hit an ice patch on Interstate 84 and plunged into the Columbia River. 

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His father who is the head baseball coach at Clackamas High School couldn't save him. More than 2,300 people attended Jake's memorial service in the Clackamas High School gym.

It's been six months since Jake passed away and it's been a difficult time. But also, something remarkable happened to the entire Clackamas community.  The high school baseball players dedicated the season to Jake who used to help his dad everyday at the baseball team.  Jake loved the Cavaliers and now they're playing for their 3rd State championship.

"It's really something special, that's for sure," said Jake's father John. 

The tragedy pulled the entire community together.  You can find Jake number 9 stickers and t-shirts all over town.  The little league fields are now overflowing with young players, many who knew Jake and now dream of one day becoming aces for the mighty Cavs.

"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Jake has been looking over every single game because I can feel him," said Coach Arntson. "I talk with him during the games and I know he's there and know he's watching out for us."

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