KEIZER, Ore. — He was excellent at the plate and on the mound. The bonus for the Henley Hornets in last Saturday’s OSAA 4A Baseball State Championships title game was, he wasn’t the only standout.
Josh Overstreet totaled four hits, including a fourth inning home run, and finished with six RBI. He also threw three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innigs of relief pitching to help Henley (25-5) to a 12-5 defeat of the Newport Cubs (20-6) at Volcanoes Stadium.
The win moved Henley to 7-0 in baseball state title games, the first under head coach Tim Cleland.
Jesse Hilyard was one of three Hornets with multi-hit games, joining Cody Dykstra and Overstreet, plus Hilyard was the winning pitcher. He threw 5 1/3 innings and struck out six batters while allowing six hits and four runs. Hilyard walked two and didn’t give up any other free bases.
Newport’s Keeton Luther threw 126 pitches over five innings in the loss. Luther struckout five and walked four batters. He also threw a wild pitch and hit one Henley batter.
The Cubs were led at the plate by Tyler Dordan and Matt Jones, who each had two hits. Jones had a three-run home run.
The championship was the first for Henley since winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. The others happened in 1981, 1983, 1991 and 1996. Newport is now 5-4 in state title games.