Prep Roundup: Track & Field Championships, Baseball and Softball Playoff
Fans of prep sports got their fill this past week with OSAA Track & Field State Championships and the continued action in the Softball and Baseball playoffs. 6A baseball has been dominated by Eugene schools, but the rest of the leagues have struggled thus far.
Round one of 6A baseball with the No. 3 seed Sheldon Irish, No. 4 South Eugene Axemen and No. 1 Thurston Colts all finding a spot in the bracket.
The Sheldon Irish benefited from incredible offensive dominance, winning 13-0 over the Reynolds Pirates at PK Park. The game was supposed to be played at Sheldon’s home field, but moved after inconsistent weather conditions.
The game stayed close through two innings, but turned ugly in the third when the Irish put seven runs up to increase the lead to 9-0. Sheldon utilized the play of football and basketball stars Connor Strahm and Sean Bellotti.
Bellotti is the son of former Oregon head football coach and athletic director, now ESPN television personality, Mike Bellotti.
Sheldon continued it’s heady play with a 4-2 win at Redmond followed by an 8-5 home win against the Newberg Tigers. The Irish have made it to the semifinals, scheduled for Monday May 29 at 5 pm.
The Thurston Colts, entering the playoffs as one of four No. 1 seeds, have had no trouble thus far. After taking care of business on Monday in a 9-2 win at home over Glencoe, the Colts took down Sunset 4-3 two days later.
On Friday, Thurston took their game to South Salem where they continued their dominant play in a 9-5 win over the Saxons.
The Colts will host the Irish in the semifinals on Monday, with the winner advancing to the finals against either No. 6 Oregon City or No. 1 Roseburg.
The South Eugene Axemen are the lone 6A Eugene school to have difficulty in the postseason. South hosted Sunset, losing 3-0. The Axemen end their season with a record of 13-13 (4-3).
The 6A Championship Game will be at Volcanoes Stadium on Wednesday June 2nd.
Round one of the 5A baseball playoffs started Wednesday with the No. 4 Willamette Wolverines and No. 3 seed North Eugene Highlanders making it into the 16-team playoff.
The Willamette Wolverines were bounced in the first round of the playoffs, losing 11-5 to Putnam on the Wolverines’ home field.
As for the North Eugene Highlanders, they took care of business with a 3-0 victory over Corvallis at home, but would go on to lose 3-2 to Bend in the Quarterfinals.
The one team from the Eugene area to make a spot into the 6A Softball playoffs was the No. 5 Thurston Colts. Their postseason play, unfortunately, did not last long at all as they were defeated 3-2 by West Linn.
The Eugene girls in the 5A bracket didn’t fare much better. Only two local schools made the playoffs.
The No. 8 Churchill Lancers were routed by No. 1 Pendleton, 7-0, in the opening round of the playoffs on Wednesday. The Lancers finish the season at 10-16 (4-6).
North Eugene’s early dismissal from the playoffs has to be the biggest shock of the softball playoffs so far. The Highlanders entered as a No. 2 seed, but were crushed at home by No. 7 Silverton.
Silverton has gone on to the State Semifinals, completely catching the league off guard.
Complete results from the weekend’s action can be found at the link provided on “Track & Field”.
Women 6A Team Rankings
1. St. Mary’s Academy 50
2. South Eugene 47
3. Gresham 45
3. McMinnville 45
9. Sheldon 30
31. Thurston 3
Women 5A Team Rankings
1. Summit 106
2. Sandy 74
3. Corvallis 46
12. Churchill 22
18. Springfield 9
22. Willamette 6
24. Marist 3
28. North Eugene 1
Men 6A Team Rankings
1. Aloha 54
2. Oregon City 44
3. Sunset 40
3. Westview 40
7. Sheldon 32
16. South Eugene 18
30. Thurston 4
Men 5A Team Rankings
1. Summit 88
2. Marist 67.50
3. Wilsonville 48.33
15. Churchill 16
18. Springfield 10
32. Willamette 3