KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Despite a few mistakes in their 14-2 loss to Klamath Union at Leo Bocchi Field, the Tillamook Cheesemakers hadn’t played badly as they fell behind the Pelicans 2-0 in the OSAA 4A Baseball State Championships. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, KU’s Marcus Paschal hit an RBI single to left and another run came to the plate on the throw.
Then the game hit a turning point.
After a failed attempt to get a tag at third, Tillamook’s Damien Brown threw wide of second base and the ball escaped to the outfield. Joe Whisler came into score the third run of the sequence and Paschal wound up at third. The score was 5-0 and Tillamook hadn’t recorded a single out in the inning. The Pelicans went on to hit four more singles, bringing up a total of 13 batters to build a 10-0 lead through four.
Klamath Union senior pitcher Jack Bell/960 the Sports Legend
The win moves Klamath Union (16-12) to its first state baseball semifinal game since 1990, when the Pelicans won the AAA championship 5-2 over Roseburg. Both semifinals will be in Klamath Falls on Tuesday, with KU hosting Newport at 2 p.m.(960 the Sports Legend), while Sisters travels to Henley at 4:30 p.m.
Jack Bell started and pitched to a complete-game win, his second straight. In 97 pitches, he allowed five hits and one earned run with three strikeouts and walks.
Hunter Bradford and Paschal both hit 3 for 4, finishing with a combined three RBI. Payton Poe and Trenton McGahan both had two hits. Including his triple in KU’s 11-3 opening round win against North Marion, McGahan had reached base safely in seven straight at bats before he struck out in the top of the sixth against Tillamook.
All but one of KU’s starters had a hit. Of Klamath Union’s first eight baserunners, only one reached by base hit. The others made it on two errors, two hit batsmen, two walks and a fielder’s choice. Tillamook committed five errors and gave up eight free bases between walks and hit batters.
Despite not allowing an earned run, Dean Klugh was the losing pitcher. He threw 3 1/3 innings with six runs, four hits, three walks and a strikeout. Klugh also hit three batters. Matt Strang finished, giving up 10 hits, eight runs with five strikeouts and one walk. Klugh and Strang had two hits apiece, totaling four of the Cheesemakers’ five.
Tillamook finishes the year 17-10 after winning only five games last season.
Henley 8, Hidden Valley 7
A year after losing in the semifinals to Hidden Valley, the Henley Hornets are returning to the OSAA 4A Baseball State Championships semifinals after beating Hidden Valley 8-7 on Friday in the quarterfinals.
960 the Sports Legend intern Nick Hill spoke with Henley coach Tim Cleland and junior Josh Overstreet after the game.
Henley junior Josh Overstreet
Henley baseball head coach Tim Cleland