STANFIELD — Stanfield baseball survived a 4-3 scare from North Douglas and advanced to the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs on Wednesday.

The game hinged on timely hitting, and Trey Blevins sparked Stanfield (21-5) in the fifth inning. Bunting for a base hit, he advanced to third as the Tigers loaded the bases tied 1-1.

Josh Linker hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead. Stanfield’s seventh batter in the rotation, Michael Martinez, hit a two-RBI single with two strikes to lead 4-1.

“We had really timely hitting in that fifth inning,”?said coach Bryan Johnson. “In the game we left about nine guys on base.”

North Douglas (13-18) scored two runs in the sixth inning, which could easily have turned into more. Complementing clutch at-bats, Stanfield keyed in defensively.

Ross Mendiola made a diving play at third base to save a North Douglas run, stepping on the bag for an out. Stanfield had one total error.

Senior Derek Monkus (7-2) pitched the win and Quin Grogan picked up his fourth save of the year.

Grogan entered in the sixth inning up 4-3 with one out and runners on second and third bases. Instead of a North Douglas upset, Grogan slammed the door on the Warriors, striking out the next two batters.

Stanfield will play a state quarterfinal against defending state champion Knappa (15-4) on Friday. Knappa beat Lost River 15-2 on Wednesday. The Loggers’ only road losses this season have come to No. 1 Portland Christian.

“It’s one game, one down, and we’ll take it one game at a time,”?Johnson said.

HEPPNER 11, UMPQUA?VALLEY?CHRISTIAN 6 — In Heppner, the Heppner Mustangs (17-6) showed grit and poise in a Class 2A?first-round playoff win on Wednesday, consistently scoring runs with two outs to put away the Umpqua Valley Christian Monarchs (15-13).

Heppner coach Jim Kindle said he’d never seen a baseball game played in as muddy conditions as the Mustangs and Monarchs faced, but the game lasted all seven innings — even after Heppner went up 11-4  in the sixth.

The Mustangs scored two runs with two outs in the first inning, one in the second and one in the fourth that put them up 5-3.

“They just clutched up and hit the ball,”?Kindle said of his team, which returned seven players from a title game appearance last year.

“They’ve been there before and they’ve played the game at that high level,”?he said, adding there is a marked improvement in the team’s play from just a couple of weeks ago.

Justin Gutierrez pitched five complete innings for the win and Ian Murray went 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs and was intentionally walked once. Murray, Eric Chick and Cam Day all had doubles. Chick also was 3 for 4 with an RBI.

The No. 5 Mustangs are scheduled for a 3 p.m. game on Friday at No. 4 Monroe in the quarterfinals.

Monroe (24-4)?beat Regis 8-7 in eight innings on Wednesday in a game played in Monroe.

LOWELL 6, WESTON-MCEWEN 2 — In Lowell, Weston-McEwen’s baseball playoff run ended in the Round of 16 with a frustrating 6-2 loss to No. 8-ranked Lowell on Wednesday.

All looked swell for the No. 9 TigerScots, who led 2-0 until a fateful grand slam in the third inning. Denver Traxtle made the hit, which traveled only 280 feet, said Weston-McEwen coach T.J. Haguewood.

“The field was small and it was kind of frustrating,” Haguewood said. “But you’ve got to win where you’re playing, and we didn’t do that.”

Matt McGill hit a two-RBI single in the second inning for Weston-McEwen’s only runs.

Playing in front of a TigerScots fan section that outnumbered Lowell’s, senior Dallas Reich pitched 11 strikeouts. He held the Devils (22-4) to five hits — Weston-McEwen had seven — but it only took one to win.

“A couple breaks didn’t go our way, and if you take those back, the game turns out differently,” Haguewood said.

Weston-McEwen (16-9) was in their first playoff game since 1997.

“It’s hard to hold your head down when you have a quality season,”?Haguewood said. “We’ll come back next year even better.”


PILOT ROCK 9, GASTON 0, 5 inn. — In Pilot Rock, the Pilot Rock Rockets (21-5) jumped on the Gaston Greyhounds (14-6)?early and got all nine of their runs in before a rain delay after the third inning of their Class 2A?state playoff first-round game on Wednesday.

After being delayed for an hour, the game was moved to the Little League field at the high school to play another rain-soaked inning and a half to get the game official.

Pilot Rock coach Rick Hoisington said the Rocket fans stuck it out the entire time, though, and didn’t leave their girls out in the rain, so to speak.

Kylee Jensen struck out six and only allowed one base runner to pick up her 18th win in the circle for the Rockets.

Piper Carstens hit a home run and had three RBIs, Amylee Perrine had a double and two RBIs and Ashley Gambill walked three times and scored each time.

“The girls were really focused (and) we weren’t looking past anybody,” Hoisington said.

The next team standing in the way of the Rockets and a chance to repeat as state champions is Western Mennonite. The Pioneers (20-6) defeated Lost River 7-0 on Wednesday.

Western Mennonite will travel to Pilot Rock for a 4:30 p.m. game on Friday but weather could change the time, day and/or place of the game.

MAC-HI?12, NEWPORT 2, 5 inn. — In Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers (18-9)?haven’t shied away from wet practices and it seemed to pay off Wednesday as they defeated Newport in five innings of flawless softball in the Class 4A?playoffs.

With a steady rain that blanketed the area falling from the first pitch, Mac-Hi had no errors and 10 hits to advance into the quarterfinals.

“We try to practice in the rain as much as possible,”?said Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian. “The girls know by now that even if it’s a downpour, if we can get on the dirt we’re going to play softball. We just want to get used to it in case we’re put in that situation.”

Newport (14-13) took a one-run lead in the first inning but Mac-Hi quickly took back control with four runs in the bottom of the frame.

Alyssa Harrington got on base from a Newport error, then scored on a Karli Cortez double. Megan Reed walked before Cheyenne Kessler singled and then both girls scored on passed balls.

Kaitlin Erm pitched all five innings for the win.

“She kept the ball on the ground,” Christian said. “(Newport’s) six hits were spread out. She only had two strikeouts but our defense did a geat job, especially on the dirt.”

The Pioneers will face Greater Oregon League foe Ontario (14-9)?in the quarterfinals. Mac-Hi will travel to Ontario Friday, where they split with the Tigers this season.

Mac-Hi took the season series 3-1 with wins of 12-2, 2-1 and 7-0. Christian said Ontario struggles on defense but has an all-state pitcher in Jenny Yano, who is also their best hitter with a .506 average and .899 slugging percentage.

“They know what we have and we know what they have so it’s going to come down to who shows up,” Christian said.

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