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Sheldon softball, West Linn baseball earn state titles

The second-ranked Sheldon Irish softball team won back-to-back state titles with a 5-0 win over No. 21 Glencoe on Saturday at the University of Oregon. Irish standout pitcher Payton Burnham, an Arkansas commit, threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters.

Glencoe was a Cinderella story throughout the Class 6A softball bracket, pulling off upsets in each round to make it to the state title game. Glencoe beat No. 12 Sunset, No. 5 Central Catholic, No. 4 West Linn, and No. 1 Westview en route to the finals before falling to Sheldon.

Marist baseball falls just short

The Marist Catholic Spartans’ comeback fell short in the Class 4A state championship game at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer on Saturday as the Spartans lost to No. 3 Scappoose 5-4. No. 4 Marist pulled off an upset in the semifinals, beating No. 1 Henley 7-6 in extra innings to reach the program’s first state title game since 1984.

In the finals, Marist was attempting to win the program’s first state baseball title against the defending champs. Trailing 5-1 heading into the 6th inning, the Spartans scored 3 runs in the top of the 6th behind an RBI-single from Gianni Lombardi. With the bases loaded and two outs, Marist was unable to capitalize, and had three straight flyouts in the 7th inning as the comeback fell short.

West Linn baseball earns three-peat

While Thurston and Scappoose were joining elite company as back-to-back state baseball champs, No. 1 West Linn made history of its own, becoming the second school to three-peat in Oregon baseball, and the first since Drain achieved the feat in 1951. West Linn became the first large school to ever win three state titles in a row.

West Linn faced off with No. 3 Sunset in the Class 6A finals, and disaster struck early as Sunset’s first three batters scored runs to open the game. Trailing 3-0, West Linn rattled off 8 runs of its own in the first two innings and never looked back, winning the game 8-4 behind 2 hits, 2 runs, and 5 RBI from Danny Wideman.

Billies’ season ends in playoffs

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PLEASANT HILL – Pleasant Hill’s season came to a close in the Class 3A semifinals against No. 9 Brookings-Harbor. Leading 4-3 heading into the final inning, the Billies’ lead slipped away as Brookings scored three runs with two outs to take the game 6-4. Caden Richardson had 7 Ks, 2 hits, and 2 runs for Pleasant Hill in the loss.

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