Roseburg advances to Class 6A finals
ROSEBURG — What a difference a day made for the Roseburg baseball team Wednesday afternoon at Legion Field.
After being the beneficiaries, in essence, of a do-over after Tuesday's game was wiped out by rain and lightning, the top-ranked Indians regrouped to earn a 15-3 victory over visiting Wilson in the Class 6A state semifinals.
The win advances Roseburg (21-5) to its first state championship baseball game since 1990. The Indians will be seeking their first state title in baseball when they square off against McNary at 5 p.m. Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.
Similar to Tuesday's game, sixth-ranked Wilson (23-7) jumped out to an early lead. The Trojans opened a 5-1 lead through 31/2 innings Tuesday before the game was called, and they picked up where they left off by gaining a 3-0 lead. Brent Graham supplied the big hit with a two-run home run off Roseburg starter Brandon Jackson in the third.
Undaunted, the Indians battled back with eight runs in the bottom of the third on three hits, three walks and one error.
"We've been able to do that throughout the year," said Roseburg coach Troy Thompson. "Our kids are pretty resilient and they do a good job of playing all seven (innings)."
Roseburg bunted four times in the third and reach safely on each attempt. Vince Ampi's two-run single highlighted the frame.
The Indians tacked on another run in the fourth and then blew the game wide open with six runs in the fifth. Five straight walks, a Jordan Guthrie single and two errors doomed Wilson in the frame.
Roseburg only managed eight hits overall, with Ampi going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, John Farrington 2-for-4 with two runs and Cameron Newell 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI.
"We didn't have the big 15 runs on 15 hits but we had some timely hitting when we had runners on base and we were very patient at the plate as well," said Thompson.
Jackson allowed five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in his complete-game effort. He had also come on in relief of Dakota Cavens in the second inning of Tuesday's game.
Wilson 102 000 0 — 3 5 2
Roseburg 008 160 x — 15 8 1
Massar, Erickson (3), Valentine (5), Holmes (5) and Ba. Graham; Jackson and Ampi. W — Jackson (8-2). L — Massar. 2B — R: Ampi. HR — W: Br. Graham.
ASTORIA 8, HIDDEN VALLEY 2 — At Grants Pass, Astoria starter Jordan Poyer allowed two hits and two runs in 61/3 innings to deny Hidden Valley in the Class 4A state semifinal.
Poyer struck out nine and walked three and teammate Ian Erickson was 3-for-4 with six RBIs for top-ranked Astoria (26-1), which earned its 22nd straight victory.
Hidden Valley scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning, with Taylor Bars supplying an RBI single. Clint Sager and Ryan Hayden scored for the Mustangs (23-5).
Hayden allowed five earned runs and six overall in 2 1/3 innings before being relieved by Mike Suthann.
Astoria 033 020 0 — 8 8 0
Hidden Valley 000 000 2 — 2 2 1
Poyer, Landwehr (7) and Lund; Hayden, M. Suthann (3), Bars (6) and Sager. W — Poyer (10-1). L — Hayden (9-2). 2B — A: Erickson 2, Brause.
BAKER 3, HENLEY 2 — At Klamath Falls, Henley (16-12) loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't push a run across in coming up short to No. 4 Baker (25-3) in the Class 4A state semifinal.