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It's all about balance in baseball

Only La Pine will seek a third straight title
Staff Report

It's annually one of the most competitive sports at the high school - at least in Oregon. 

Only La Pine is currently making a run among baseball's state champions.

The Hawks won the Class 3A title the past two seasons, making them the only team with a title streak heading into the 2020 season.

The state's other champions - Jesuit at 6A, Central at 5A, Banks at 4A and Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian at 2A, all won their classification finals without having reached the title game the previous year.

And, both Jesuit and Umpqua Valley Christian needed extra innings to win their title game. Jesuit's 2-1 win over crosstown rival Central Catholic ended after 13 innings, which tied the state record for longest title game.

In La Pine's case, their four-game run to their second title involved two wins by just one run each.

While the titles changed from year-to-year, the playoffs are annually a different thing - the top seed is usually the winning team. Three of the five classifications were won by the top seed, with the fourth seed, including La Pine, winning the other two.

 

 

Give those Ducks and Beavers a hand

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In spite of being one of the last teams to get into the NCAA baseball tournament Monday morning, there might not be a hotter team in America than the University of Oregon based on its play from the past month, including a weekend series win over UCLA.

That's the NCAA talking, too.

Oregon beat UCLA in extra innings on both Saturday and Sunday, which didn't stop the Bruins from moving up in the national rankings. So, if Oregon can beat the top-ranked team in the nation, what's stoping them from winning a national title.

That's a topic Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff and Derek take on in the 14th Episode this week.

Oregon State, a team with a lengthy history of postseason success, is also among the tournament picks.

There's more action on the diamond from the state as the Ducks are headed to the College Softball World Series this week in Oklahoma City.

The NBA gets some time, as does a rough weekend of soccer for Portland. Derek provides some insight on attending the upcoming U.S. Open, and there's plenty of discussion about the growing popularity of ... roofball.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

Oregon keeps up national prominence

The Ducks and Beavers keep up their success on the diamonds
May 26, 2015

In spite of being one of the last teams to get into the NCAA baseball tournament Monday morning, there might not be a hotter team in America than the University of Oregon based on its play from the past month, including a weekend series win over UCLA.

That's the NCAA talking, too.

Oregon beat UCLA in extra innings on both Saturday and Sunday, which didn't stop the Bruins from moving up in the national rankings. So, if Oregon can beat the top-ranked team in the nation, what's stoping them from winning a national title.

That's a topic Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff and Derek take on in the 14th Episode this week.

Oregon State, a team with a lengthy history of postseason success, is also among the tournament picks.

There's more action on the diamond from the state as the Ducks are headed to the College Softball World Series this week in Oklahoma City.

The NBA gets some time, as does a rough weekend of soccer for Portland. Derek provides some insight on attending the upcoming U.S. Open, and there's plenty of discussion about the growing popularity of ... roofball.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

Beavers, Ducks headed for baseball tournament

OSU and Oregon will play in the Midwest this week
May 25, 2015 / Staff report

Oregon State and Oregon both played their way into the NCAA Baseball Tournament with the release of the 64-team field Monday.

Oregon State earned a No. 2 seed in the regional at Dallas Baptist, while Oregon earned a No. 3 seed in the regional set to be played at Missouri State.

Double elimination regional tournaments - each with four teams, will begin this weekend with the winners advancing to eight Super Regionals. Those eight winners will play in the College World Series.

OSU will play Texas Friday, with Dallas Baptist taking on Virginia Commonwealth in the second game.

Iowa and Canisius were also named to the Missouri State regional. Oregon will play Iowa Friday.

Oregon State will be making its school-record seventh consecutive postseason appearance and 10th in its last 11 seasons, all under head coach Pat Casey. All-time, the Beavers will be making their 16th NCAA postseason appearance.

The Beavers finished at 38-16-1, good for second in the Pac-12 with a 19-10-1 record. OSU finished 2.5 games behind league champion UCLA despite starting one of the nation’s youngest lineups. The Beavers regularly started eight or nine underclassmen.

The Ducks (37-23) won their final five series in Pac-12 play and nine of their last 10 games to fight their way onto the postseason bubble, following a midseason lull. They posted walk-off wins Saturday and Sunday over the Bruins, who were named as one of the 16 regional hosts Monday.

Oregon coach George Horton’s club will make its fourth straight postseason appearance, and its fifth in the last six years. The Ducks have advanced to Super Regionals once since the program’s 2009 reboot, in 2012.

Iowa (39-16) is in the postseason for the first time since 1990. The Hawkeyes boast the No. 29 RPI in the country while Oregon got in at No. 66, but Iowa has struggled of late, losing four of its last six.

Iowa’s starter to open the Big Ten Tournament was junior right-hander Tyler Peyton (6-4, 3.18), who allowed one earned run and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings to help the Hawkeyes beat Ohio State. Peyton struck out seven and walked none in the start.

For the season, Iowa has hit .273, led by Peyton’s .352 average in double duty at first base. Like the Ducks, the Hawkeyes don’t rely on power bats, having combined for just 14 home runs in 55 games.

Missouri State (45-10) was selected to host a regional for the first time in the program’s 33 years. The Bears won their third consecutive Missouri Valley Conference title this season. Canisius (34-28) won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this spring.

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