It’s understandable if you were too busy this weekend with the Prefontaine Classic, Ducks baseball, Ducks softball and much more local sports action to miss out on the great display of local talent in our state capitol and Corvallis this past weekend.
OSAA Baseball took care of its business in Salem, with softball concluding the season in Corvallis on OSU’s home turf.
Only the Thurston Colts, in the 6A Baseball bracket, from the Eugene area made it to a state championship.
Thurston took down the Sheldon Irish last week in a heartbreaking 4-3 win, sending the deep group of Irish seniors home empty handed for the third time this season. The Irish had great odds of winning state in baseball, basketball, and most likely football, unfortunately falling short in each.
Here is how the rest of the brackets finished:
The Pioneers somehow made the playoffs, coming in as a 6 seed. Nobody, in their right mind, would have picked Oregon City to make it as far as they did. But that’s what makes high school sports so great. Oregon City found a way to get it done.
The Colts, following their 5A state title last year, were unable to capitalize on three errors by Oregon City.
SS Jacob Tipton went 2-of-3 with four crucial RBI in the championship game, leading the Pioneers to a win.
Wilson over Summit, 7-6
This game was maybe the sloppiest state championship game in Oregon history. Both teams combined for eight errors, with Wilson responsible for five and Summit responsible for three.
It was also one of the most exciting finishes with Wilson coming back from down 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning for four runs and a walk off win.
4A, 3A, 2/1A Baseball
4A: Ontario over Hidden Valley, 4-2
LF Ryan Reever and C Tony Machuca led Ontario to the state title, each hitting 2-3 in the game. Zayne Sather received the win with five innings of pitching, two earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.
3A: Cascade Christian over Santiam Christian, 5-3
LF/3B Jake Miller went 2-of-4 with two RBI, along SS/P Cody Coggins who went 2-of-3 for with two RBI, in Cascade Christian’s 3A state title.
2A/1A: Kennedy over Weston-McEwen, 10-4
Weston-McEwen took a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but only put up one more run after. Kennedy scored five runs in the fourth, and then four runs in the fifth innings in a blowout state championship game.
North Medford over South Salem, 3-0
South Salem’s star second basemen, Kelly Burdick, led the team with three hits in all three of her at-bats, but the ret of the Saxons combined for 1-22.
North Medford cruised to an easy state championship victory, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning and never looking back.
Ace pitcher Maryssa Becker wowed fans by throwing a complete seven-inning game, allowing only four hits and recording 15 strikeouts.
Pendleton over Silverton, 6-1
C Rayne Spencer (3-for-3 with one run and three RBI) and 1B Jory Spencer (1-for-2 with one run and three RBI) led the Buckaroos offensively, driving in every one of the team’s runs.
4A, 3A, 2/1A Softball
4A: Banks over Cascade, 2-0
Banks pitcher Melissa Masters dominated the Cascade batters, throwing a complete game while only allowing five hits, one walk and striking out two in seven innings.
3A: Blanchet Catholic over Santiam Christian, 5-1
Errors decided the game, as Santiam Christian recorded four in the 4-run loss to Blanchet Catholic. Makayla Hari received the winning, pitching all seven innings while allowing one run, but no earned runs.
2/1A: Heppner/Ione over Glendale, 4-2
It was just Glendales’ second loss of the season, and the No. 1 seed had dominated its competition all postseason. Prior to Friday’s loss, Glendale had outscored its opponents 39-5 in their three playoff games, including a 20-4 stomping of Gold Beach in the semifinals.
But Heppner/Ione came away with the state title. C Maggie Collins and 3B Cassi Day drove in all four runs for their team.