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This Week in Baseball

A preview of all eight statewide 5A second round games.

The Dalles Wahtonka Eagle Indians (16-11) @ Madison Senators (12-12)

The IMC #2 seed trips to the PIL #2. Both teams received a 1st round bye. TDW has won 3 straight and 9 of 10, bouncing back strong in league play after a 1-5 start to the season in non-league action. Cleveland went 0-9 in non-league games, but went 12-3 in the PIL. TDW lost 4-3 to Klamath Union in the 1st round of the playoffs last year; Madison received a first round bye and lost 11-2 to Thurston in the 2nd round. My pick: TDW.

South Albany Rebels (13-14) @ #9 Glencoe Crimson Tide (19-7)

The MWC #4 seed trips to the NWOC #1. SA beat Marshall, the PIL #3 seed, 11-1 in the 1st round; Glencoe had a bye. The game against Marshall was SA’s first playoff game in school history. SA started 2-9 but has gone 11-5 since April 14. Glencoe went 16-5 in the NWOC, losing only one series all year (St. Helens). They’ve won 4 straight, the average margin of victory being 8 runs. Glencoe lost to Pendleton 13-5 in the 2nd round last season after receiving a 1st round bye. My pick: Glencoe.

#4 Pendleton Buckaroos (18-8) @ #1 Thurston Colts (19-7)

The IMC #3 trips to the MWL #1. Pendleton beat Sherwood, the NWOC #4, 8-1 in the 1st round. Thurston had a bye. A meeting of two semifinal teams from a year ago. Pendleton had lost a pair of games to Bend, the IMC #1, prior to their 1st round win over Sherwood, but had won 13 over their previous 16, including a 9 game winning streak in April. Thurston has spent all season at #1 in 5A, but sputtered down the stretch going 4-3 in May. They went 15-2 against 5A teams, their two losses to rival MWL schools in their third meeting of the season, with wins over #2 West Albany and three wins over #7 North Eugene. Pendleton beat Glencoe 13-5 in the 2nd round last year, then beat Mountain View 8-6 in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Ashland 8-1. Thurston beat Madison in the 2nd round 11-2, then beat Klamath Union 10-1 in the quarterfinals. They beat West Albany 11-9 in the semifinals before losing 4-3 to Ashland in the state championship game. My pick: Thurston.

#10 Crater Comets (17-10) @ #2 West Albany Bulldogs (22-3)

The SSC #2 trips to the MWC #1. Both had 1st round byes. Crater started the season 7-2 and finished the year 7-0, but had a rough patch (4-8) mid-season, including 3 losses to Ashland that kept Crater from the SSC title. WA started the season 1-3-1, but has won an incredible 21 straight. They went 20-1 in MWC games, and two of their three losses came to #1 Thurston (season opener) and #7 North Eugene. WA looks like they’re on a mission. These two met last year in the 2nd round, WA winning 9-3. WA went on to beat Bend 3-0 in the quarterfinals before dropping a heartbreaker to Thurston 11-9 at home in the semifinals. My pick: WA.

#7 North Eugene Highlanders (16-11) @ Cleveland Warriors (17-7)

The MWL #2 trips to the PIL #1. Both had 1st round byes. NE started 0-2 in MWL play but rebounded by going 9-4 afterwards. They nearly beat #1 Thurston behind ace Tim Keller, but a 0-0 game was called after the 9th due to darkness. They won the season series against every MWL team aside from Thurston. Their non-league wins are impressive: 6A Tigard, South Medford, and South Eugene, as well as #2 West Albany, Corvallis, and Crescent Valley in 5A. Cleveland won the PIL by going 13-2, and had wins over 6A Benson, Franklin, Barlow, and Reynolds. They had won 9 straight until a 13-2 loss to West Albany in a regular season “tune-up” game in preparation for the playoffs. NE beat Corvallis 1-0 in the 2nd round last year, but lost to eventual champion Ashland 5-4 on a late HR. Cleveland had a 1st round bye last year but lost 7-4 to Mountain View in the 2nd. My pick: NE.

Crescent Valley Raiders (15-12) @ #2 Ashland Grizzlies (21-4)

The MWC #3 trips to the SSC #1. CV beat Madras, the IMC #4, 4-3 to advance to this meeting. CV went 14-7 in the MWC, but only 1-5 outside of it. Of their 12 losses, 3 are to West Albany, 2 are to Corvallis, 2 are to 6A South Eugene, 1 from 6A Sheldon, and 1 from 6A Sandy. They haven’t faired well against top competition, but they’ve feasted on the teams below them. Ashland had won 18 in a row prior to a loss to Sheldon in one of those tune-up games to keep fresh in the long layoff in-between the end of the league season and the 2nd round of the playoffs. They’ve gone 17-1 against 5A teams, and have 2 wins over 6A South Medford, and 1 win over 6A Grants Pass. The defending champs are looking strong to repeat. CV lost 18-14 in the 1st round a year ago to Mountain View; Ashland beat St. Helens 4-0 in the 2nd round, North Eugene 5-4 in the quarterfinals, Pendleton 8-1 in the semifinals, and Thurston 4-3 in the state championship game to claim the 5A trophy. My pick: Ashland.

Hillsboro Spartans (16-11) @ #6 Bend Lava Bears (20-6)

The NWOC #3 trips to the IMC #1. Hillsboro beat Churchill, the MWL #3, 3-2 in the 1st round to advance. Hillsboro has won 6 of their last 8, including wins over 5A playoff teams in Glencoe, Sherwood, and Churchill. Bend won the IMC by going 17-4 in-league. After starting the season 0-2, the reeled off 12 straight wins, and they ended the year by winning 5 of their final 6. Both teams are playing well heading into this one, but Bend will have had a 10 day lay-off. Hillsboro didn’t qualify for the postseason last year; Bend beat Dallas 5-1 in the 2nd round, but lost to West Albany 3-0 in the quarterfinals. My pick: Bend.

#5 Corvallis Spartans (23-4) @ #7 St. Helens Lions (19-8)

The MWC #2 trips to the NWOC #2. Both had 1st round byes. Corvallis might be a division winner in almost any other league, but had the unfortunate luck of being in the same league as West Albany. They’ve won 17 of their last 18, and have wins over 6A Grant, 6A McNary, and some of the 5A elite in Glencoe and West Albany. St. Helens has a 3-0 win over Bend in the non-league portion of the schedule, and have won 9 of their final 12, one of those losses to #1 Thurston. Corvallis lost 1-0 to North Eugene in 2nd round last year; St. Helens beat Willamette 11-9 in the 1st round before losing to Ashland 4-0 in the 2nd. My pick: Corvallis.

If I’m right, we’ll see…

TDW @ #9 Glencoe

#2 West Albany @ #1 Thurston

#7 North Eugene @ #2 Ashland

#5 Corvallis @ #6 Bend

… in the quarterfinals. That’s a pretty great line-up, headlined by #1 vs. #2 (West Albany and Ashland tied for the #2 spot in the latest 5A poll). How about Thurston? The Colts will potentially face the #4 and #2 teams in 5A before even reaching the semifinals. They’re going to have to prove that they’re #1…

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