OSAA baseball playoffs preview

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The OSAA Baseball State Championships begin Wednesday with Klamath Falls seeing two games played in town.

Coming off their first baseball league title since 1990, the Klamath Union Pelicans (18-6) are the No. 3 seed in their part of the OSAA 4A Baseball State Championships bracket. The Pelicans welcome in the No. 6 Elmira Falcons at 4 p.m. at Leo Bocchi Field (960 the Sports Legend).

Senior Kody Kuhlman struck out 11 batters and allowed just one hit in KU’s 7-0 victory over Brookings-Harbor in last Friday’s play-in game. The Pels built a 4-0 lead in the first two innings. Marcus Paschal hit a home run with five teammates getting extra base hits. Klamath Union finished No. 9 in the OSAA state rankings.

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Elmira finished third in the Sky-Em League, losing its final three games before beating Newport 3-1 on the road last Friday. On the mound, Elmira (17-8) was led by Travis Boggs who struck out 15 batters and allowed just three hits in the victory. The Falcons are ranked No. 17 in the state.

No. 7 Henley (12-13) at No. 2 Philomath (19-5) – 4 p.m.

The Henley Hornets upset the sixth-ranked team in the state South Umpqua 7-2 in the play-in round to advance to the OSAA postseason. Henley has won four of its last five games, including an 11-5 defeat of North Valley, which enters the bracket as a No. 3 seed on the other side. Henley has scored seven or more runs in its last seven wins.

No. 8 Bonanza (13-9) at No. 1 Weston-McEwen (19-4) – 3:30 p.m. (Athena, Ore.)

The Bonanza Antlers used a three-game win streak to end the year and get into the OSAA postseason. The bats have been hot for the Antlers, scoring eight or more runs in each of those victories, and even putting up nine runs in a 10-9 defeat against Lost River the game before the winning streak began. Both teams lost in last year’s opening round. Bonanza fell 7-6 to Kennedy, which lost the next round. Weston-McEwan fell 6-2 to Lowell-Mohawk, which lost to eventual state runner-up Portland Christian 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

No. 5 Portland Christian (20-7) at No. 4 Lost River (17-3) – 5:30 p.m. (Kiger Stadium)

The Lost River Raiders and Portland Christian Royals were the No. 8 and No. 9 teams in the final 2A/1A state rankings, giving Lost River the edge to host the game. The Raiders haven’t lost since Apr. 21.  Lost River fell in a doubleheader with Etna (Calif.) following an 8-5 defeat to Rogue River the week before. It was the only time this year a team from Oregon beat Lost River. The Raiders hope to improve upon the 15-2 loss against Knappa in the most lopsided defeat in last year’s opening round. The Raiders should be successful, as they won’t have to travel like last year.

Full OSAA 4A Baseball State Championships Bracket

No. 8 Stayton (8-15) at No. 1 Ontario (17-7) – 2 p.m.
No. 5 Madras (14-9) at No. 4 Baker-Powder Valley (11-13) – 4:30 p.m.
No. 6 Sweet Home (13-13) at No. 3 North Valley (19-5) – 5 p.m. (Reinhart All Sports Park – Grants Pass)
No. 7 Gladstone (12-14) at No. 2 Sisters (23-3) – 5 p.m.

No. 7 Henley (12-13) at No. 2 Philomath (19-5) – 4 p.m.
No. 6 Elmira (17-8) at No. 3 Klamath Union (18-6) – 4 p.m. (Steen Sports Park)
No. 5 Hidden Valley (14-6) at No. 4 La Salle (18-8) – 3:30 p.m. (Wilsonville High School)
No. 8 Molalla (12-11) at No. 1 Scappoose (19-5) – 4 p.m.

Full OSAA 2A/1A Baseball State Championships Bracket

No. 8 Bonanza (13-9) at No. 1 Weston-McEwen (19-4)
No. 5 Portland Christian (20-7) at No. 4 Lost River (17-3)
No. 6 Oakridge (12-5) at No. 3 North Douglas-Elkton (23-3)
No. 7 Yoncalla (16-10) at No. 2 Regis (22-6)

No. 7 E. Linn Christian (14-8) at No. 2 Monroe (20-4)
No. 6 Horizon Christian (15-10) at No. 3 Knappa (18-8)
No. 5 Wallowa-Imbler (12-5) at No. 4 Stanfield-Echo (15-10)
No. 8 Union-Cove (12-9) at No. 1 Kennedy (23-4)