The 2013 OSAA Class 6A State Baseball Tournament officially kicked off yesterday with a slough of games that featured local teams looking to advance to Round 2. Sheldon, Thurston, and South Eugene all played games yesterday, with the Irish and Colts advancing while the Axemen were eliminated.
Starting their game at 4:30pm at Legion Field in Roseburg, No. 8 seed South Eugene tallied plenty of hits but couldn’t push any runs across the plate in a 6-0 defeat to No. 1 seed Roseburg.
Getting this started in the first, the Indians scored a run in their half of the inning to take an early 1-0 advantage. David Irvine singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a ground out, and scored when Zach Wyscaver reached on an error.
Roseburg would then strike for another run in the bottom of the third inning, as Irvine singled once again before being driven home on a double by Cody Watkins.
Already having established a 2-0 lead, the Indians managed to push four more across in the fifth to separate themselves for good. Layne Westwang was the first runner plated in the inning, scoring on an error by South Eugene right fielder Alex Wectawski that allowed him to score from second after he walked and stole the base. Kody Matthews then walked to put runners on the corners for the Indians before Myscaver launched a decisive, three-run home run that gave Roseburg their 6-0 win.
Joe Schindler got the loss in the game, pitching six innings while giving up five hits, six runs, and two walks while striking out five. Two costly errors by South Eugene didn’t help his cause.
Playing as a No. 2 seed, the Thurston Colts saw much more success than South Eugene, as they downed No. 7 seed Newberg by a score of 7-4. Playing at home, the Colts managed to push across all seven of their runs in the second inning while not allowing Newberg to rally back into the game.
Kyle Watson got things started in the second for Thurston, launching a lead off double to left-center that just missed clearing the fence. He would then be driven home by Rocco Ferrari for the first run of the game after Newberg recorded one out in the inning. Tyler Hutchinson extended the Colts’ lead to two right after they tacked on their first run of the game, finding a triple down the right field line that plated Ferrari.
Thurston then capitalized on a crucial error that allowed a runner to reach base that would eventually cross the plate and give the home team a 4-0 advantage. Scoring three more runs in the inning, the final run of the game came across when a pickoff attempt by Newberg resulted in an errant throw that scored Shane Quarterley.
The Colts managed six hits in the inning while tallying just one more for the rest of the game. Their win advanced them to the second round of the playoffs, where they will be pitted against No. 6 seed Lakeridge tomorrow.
No. 1 seed Sheldon was also victorious in their game, cruising to the tune of an 11-2 triumph of triumph over No. 8 seed Canby. The Irish held a lead the entire game thanks to a three-run second, a one run fifth, and eight in the sixth.
Dylan Lewis got things going for Sheldon in the second, leading off with a double. Gaje McDaniel was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second for the home squad. He would be putout at second, however, on a fielder’s choice by Justin Brabham that gave the Irish runners at the corners with one down. Mike Ralston then recorded the first RBI of the game, singling to right to plate Lewis and advance Brabham to third. David Bellamy gave the Irish two more runs right afterwards, sending a triple into right field that scored both Brabham and Ralston.
Canby showed some fight in the fourth, however, as they managed to push two runs across on a two-RBI double by Austin Piert that pulled the visitors within one.
Extending their lead to 4-2 with one run in the fifth, Sheldon exploded for eight runs in the sixth to separate themselves from Canby for good. Brabham got things started in the inning, leading off with a single before moving to second on a passed ball. Advancing to third on a ground out by Ralston, he was plated on a Bellamy single that gave Sheldon a 5-2 advantage. Bellamy would eventually come around to score as well on a fielder’s choice that extended the Irish lead to four. Reaching first on that play, Brett Nielsen saw himself plated after a single by Connor Strahm and back-to-back walks to Dylan Lewis and Mitch Lewis. Now up 7-2 with two outs and the bases loaded, McDaniel launched what would be the big hit in the game, crushing a grand slam over the left field wall to blow the game open at 11-2.
That was more than enough for Ralston to secure the win on the hill, as he pitched six innings of four-hit and seven strikeout baseball. Taylor Alie finished the game on the hill for the Irish, pitching a seventh that saw him surrender no runs. Sheldon’s win advanced them to round two in the playoffs, where they will take on No. 5 seed McMinnville on Wednesday.
The 5A baseball playoffs will begin on Wednesday as well, with North Eugene coming in as a No. 8 seed while being matched up against No. 1 Hermiston. Their game is scheduled for a 4:30pm first pitch at Armand Larive.