PREPS: Barbers battle their way back to American Legion state tournament

Cody Rice, from Liberty High, has been a top batter this summer for the Portland Eastside Barbers, who won an American Legion Area 2 playoff game to earn the league's top seed into this week's AAA state tournament at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.

Often referred to as the national pastime, baseball provides memories and lessons for young people that transcend sports.

And that is the mission of the Portland Eastside Barbers — an American Legion summer baseball team comprised of players from Madison, Reynolds, Central Catholic, Roosevelt and Liberty high schools.