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Senators blast Comets' title hopes

State baseball

PORTLAND -- Madison High has been a long-ball hitting team all season and the Senators stayed true to form Friday in the second round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs.

Madison hit three home runs and took advantage of shaky Crater defense to post a 10-4 victory.

The Senators advance to a quarterfinal round matchup Monday against McNary, which defeated Tualatin 6-4.

They were a little bit tense and made a couple of errors, Madison coach Jeff Erdman said. We got some clutch hits with people on base and that was the difference.

Madison jumped out to a quick lead with a three-run first inning sparked by Portland Interscholastic League player of the year Rory Shortell's tworun homer.

P.J. Pardee's second-inning RBI double cut the Comet's deficit to 3-1, but the Senators got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a Shortell sacrifice fly.

It could have been more but Comet center fielder Ken Strate went over the fence to snag what would have been Shortell's second home run of the game.

Crater scored single runs in the third and fifth innings to close within 4-3, but Madison responded with the long ball.

Madison went up 6-3 in the fifth on Aaron Shanks two-run blast, then added three more runs in the sixth.

Trent Harker, who paced the Senators attack with a 3-for-3, three-RBI performance, highlighted the Senators sixth-inning outburst with a two-run homer.

We've got some pop, said Erdman. We have something like 30 home runs this season.

Crater, the SOC runner-up, completed its season 24-4.

Crater .........................011 010 — -- 4 5 5 Madison ...................310 023 x -- 10 8 3

Cambell, Foster (5) and Hinojosa; Shanks, Shortell (6), Miller (7) and Harker. W -- Shanks. L -- Cambell. 2B -- C: Pardee; M: Harker. HR -- M: Shanks, Harker, Shortell.

REDMOND 14, ROSEBURG 8 -- At Roseburg, Redmond's Dylan Jones had three hits and three RBIs and Geof Wagner helped stake the Panthers to an early lead with a three-run, first-inning homer.

Roseburg (20-7) committed four errors, leading to 10 unearned runs.

After Redmond scored four runs in the top of the first, Roseburg came back with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Mitch Black and Jeff Travis both had two-run singles to help give the Indians a brief lead.

Redmond, which will meet Gladstone in the quarterfinals Monday, put up seven runs in the second inning to take command against the SOC champions.

Redmond .........473 000 0 -- 14 11 5 Roseburg .............611 000 0 -- 8 9 4

Downs, Mansfield (6) and Kirby; Brewer, Zumwalt (2) and Charles, Smith (7). W -- Downs. L -- Brewer (5-1). 2B -- Red: Jones; Ros: Morrison. 3B -- Red: Jones. HR -- Red: Wagner; Ros: Charles.

PHOENIX 8, JUNCTION CITY 5 -- At Junction City, defending Class 3A state champion Phoenix continues to shine in the state playoffs with its seventh straight post-season victory.

The Pirates will host The Dalles in the quarterfinals on Monday in a rematch of last year's state championship game.

Phoenix pitcher Chase Tester overcame three home runs to pick up the victory with relief help from Drew Pierson.

Pierson homered for the Pirates and Andy Bartels accounted for two RBIs.

Phoenix ..............101 041 — -- 8 11 — Junction City ........200 111 0 -- 5 8 3

Tester, Pierson (7), Tester (7) and Hull; Johnson, Gibson (7) and Waldrop. W -- Tester. L -- Johnson. 2B -- JC: Meek. HR -- P: Pierson. JC: Keeler, Waldrop, Weed.