The OSAA 4A Baseball State Championships end tomorrow with the state championship game: Henley against Newport. The Henley Hornets are in the title game for a seventh time and for the first since 2005. Head coach Tim Cleland discusses the match-up with the five-time champion Newport Cubs.
Henley baseball head coach Tim Cleland
The two teams’ paths to the final have been extremely different statistically. After beating South Umpqua in the first round 9-6, Henley won its next two games by just one run each. Meanwhile, Newport’s average margin of victory is over 12 runs, including a 15-1 win at Klamath Union last week.
Henley junior Drew Seater
Newport has been able to amass such a quantity of runs - averaging 13 per game – by stealing early and often. They had 9 stolen bases in the win over KU in the semis.
Henley left Klamath Falls this morning at 8 a.m. and will work out in Eugene at Willamette High School today.
The first pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. The OSAA offers a pay-for video feed of the championship game.
The 2A/1A title game is today at 1:30 p.m. between Umpqua Valley Christian and Grant Union, followed by the 3A game between Pleasant Hill and Horizon Christian at 5 p.m. After the 4A game tomorrow, Sherwood and Bend play for the 5A championship at 1:30 p.m. before Clackamas against Sheldon at 5 p.m. for the 6A crown.