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Oregon high school baseball playoffs: 6A Round 2 highlights; vote for Wednesday's top star

The 6A Oregon high school baseball playoffs continued Wednesday with second-round action.
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By Dan Brood 

The 6A Oregon high school baseball playoffs continued Wednesday with second-round action. Here's a look at some of the highlights. 

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Sherwood 1, Tualatin 0

Not getting a single hit usually doesn’t result in a positive outcome.

But the Sherwood baseball team made it work. 

The Bowmen, despite getting no-hit by Tualatin junior Logan Larrance, came away with a win over the Timberwolves in front of a large crowd at Sherwood High School. 

“Oh my goodness, it’s amazing,” said Sherwood senior Cam Christenson, who scored the game’s only run. “With this group of guys, and being here for four years, and finally having an actual playoff after the last couple of years, it’s just an amazing experience. The culture we have on this team makes my year.” 

“My teammates backed me up,” said Sherwood sophomore Nolan Umlandt, who threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout. “We got that one run early, and I knew my job today was that I had to shove and put my best out there for my team, because I knew it was going to be a low-scoring game. I had great ‘D’ behind me, and we got the job done.”

The Bowmen got the run in the bottom of the first inning. Christenson drew a leadoff walk. He stole second base, moved to third on a long fly-ball out by senior Brennan Wieg and scored on a shallow sacrifice fly by senior Chase Highberger. Tualatin sophomore shortstop Ethan Matsuoka made a nice running, over-the-shoulder catch on the play, but Christenson didn’t hesitate in taking off for the plate.

“I love those,” Christenson said. “Because every time the shortstop or second baseman is going out like that, their back is to the field, and they can’t see me. I sneak back there, take off, and hopefully use my speed to get there in time. I was going all the way.”

The Bowmen got some clutch plays to hold off the Timberwolves. Sherwood sophomore catcher Liam Kliever completed an inning-ending strikeout-throwout double play in the top of the fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, with Tualatin having runners on first and second with two outs, Umlandt got an inning-ending strikeout on a 3-2 pitch.

“We were able to hold on, play defense, and Nolan was pitching amazing,” Christenson said.

Umlandt struck out eight and walked two. 

“I felt really good,” he said. “The fastball was really blowing by those hitters, up and in. My curveball was working well. It felt amazing today. My slider was working, too.”

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Larrance, in throwing his no-hitter, struck out seven and walked three in six innings.

“Oh man, I was into it the entire game,” Larrance said. “I was just excited to get out there and do my thing. It was just two solid pitchers going at it. It was a great game; they just came out on top.”

Freshman Isaac Pfeifer had two hits for the Timberwolves. Larrance added one hit.

Sherwood, which improved to 24-5, will play at Lakeridge in a quarterfinal game Friday.

Tualatin finished its season 16-12. 

Lakeridge 9, Westview 2

Senior Mason Utech hit a home run for the second consecutive postseason game, helping power the top-seeded Pacers to victory at Lakeridge High School. 

Senior Zach Johnson pitched six strong innings for Lakeridge, giving up two hits. Junior Dawson Santana had two hits and turned in a strong defensive game from his shortstop position.

The Pacers, who improved to 24-5, will be home to face Sherwood in a quarterfinal game Friday.

Westview finished its season 13-15. 

Sheldon 4, McMinnville 3

The Sheldon defense turned four double plays, including a 4-6-3 game-ending double play, to help the Irish get the win at Patton Middle School in McMinnville. 

Sophomore Nolan Miller scored the winning run on a McMinnville throwing error in the top of the seventh inning. Miller went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Junior EJ Peterson went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the victors. Junior Cade Welch scored a run and drove in a run. Senior Dom Graziano added a double.

Welch picked up the pitching win in relief. 

For McMinnville, sophomore Eli Rolfe had a hit, a run and an RBI. Senior Kade Weeks had two hits.

Sheldon, which improved to 16-12, will play at West Linn on Friday in a quarterfinal game. 

McMinnville finished its season 26-3. 

West Linn 4, Sprague 0

Junior Drew Talavs started on the mound and threw five strong innings, and junior Drake Gabel pitched the final two frames, combining for a two-hitter in leading the Lions to the victory at West Linn High School.

Senior Kace Naone helped lead the West Linn offense with two doubles, a run and an RBI. Senior Jeremy Levasseur added two hits and a run.

West Linn, which moved to 22-7, will play host to Sheldon on Friday in a quarterfinal game.

Sprague finished its season 22-7. 

Canby 4, South Medford 2

The Cougars made a long road trip and came back with a victory from the game played at Harry and David Field in Medford. 

Senior Kellan Oakes picked up the pitching win for Canby. He gave up one earned run while striking out nine and walking three in six and two-thirds innings. Senior Alex Evans got the save.

Oakes went 2 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBIs. Junior Logan Robinson added two hits and an RBI. Senior Bryce Oliver tripled and scored. Senior Clayton Langdale had an RBI double.

For South Medford, which finished its season 23-4, junior Cameron Sewell had two hits, including a solo home run.

Canby, which moved to 17-12, will play at Mountainside in a quarterfinal matchup Friday. 

Mountainside 6, Summit 2

The Mavericks, getting a strong pitching performance from senior Brian Mannion, came way with the win at Mountainside High School.

Mannion, a right-hander, threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out eight.

Senior Spencer Bernard helped lead the Mountainside offensive attack with two RBIs. Junior Eric Altmark added two hits. 

For Summit, senior Canon Reeder had two hits, including a home run.

Mountainside, which improved to 22-6, will play host to Canby in a quarterfinal game Friday.

Summit finished its season 17-10. 

Clackamas 3, Roseburg 2

The Cavaliers scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning and made the one-run advantage stand at Clackamas High School. 

Junior Garrett Strube had the big hit with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. 

Also for the Cavaliers, junior Ashton MacClanathan, who scored on Strube’s homer, went 2 for 3 with two runs. 

Junior Matthew Tacheny pitched the first six innings for Clackamas, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out four and walking four. Senior Caden Stevens pitched the seventh inning to get the save. 

For Roseburg, senior Dominic Tatone went 2 for 2 with a home run and a double. Senior Nathan Wayman scored the other run for Roseburg. 

Clackamas, which improved to 25-4, will be home to face Lake Oswego in a quarterfinal contest Friday.

Roseburg finished its season 18-9. 

Lake Oswego 5, Jesuit 1

Senior Blaise Heher, with a strong hitting and pitching performance, helped lead the Lakers over the second-seeded Crusaders at Jesuit High School. 

Heher gave up one run on eight hits while striking out three and walking none. He went 3 for 4 with a stolen base, a run and an RBI.

Also for Lake Oswego, junior Grant Maxwell went 2 for 4 with a double and a run. Sophomore Vince Williams went 2 for 4 with a run.

For Jesuit, junior Levi Jones went 2 for 3 with a run, and senior Hayden Smith hit two doubles.

Lake Oswego, which improved to 15-3, will play at Clackamas in a quarterfinal game Friday.

Jesuit finished its season 25-4.