Clackamas steps up to beat West Linn 5-1 and win Class 6A baseball crown
The two best teams.
The biggest rivalry.
The state's biggest stage.
Clackamas' 5-1 win over West Linn in Saturday's Class 6A state championship game had all that and more.
The Cavaliers got a complete-game three-hitter from senior pitcher KC Reilly (he also allowed three walks and struck out three), while pinch hitter Jake Zehr came off the bench to go 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
For West Linn, senior Tim Tawa took the loss, throwing 5 2/3 innings and allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five. Senior center fielder Chase Cosner had one of his team's three hits and scored its lone run on a first-inning groundout by Garrett Marioni.
With the win, Clackamas claimed its first state baseball championship since 2010 and helped wipe away memories of its title-game loss to Sheldon in 2013.
The Cavaliers finished their 2017 season with a Mt. Hood Conference championship, a 17-game winning streak and the No. 2 ranking in the state.
The Lions, meanwhile, ended 2017 with a Three Rivers League championship, wins in 21 of their final 22 games and the No. 1 ranking in the state.
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