Canby baseball forced from playoffs
Canby's baseball run has come to a close, but not without a fight.
The Cougars traveled into the southern reaches of Oregon to face off with Roseburg in the opening round of the state playoffs on Monday, May 20. While the contest was close until the sixth inning, Roseburg ultimately walked away with the win 3-1 to push on into the second round.
Canby ends its season 9-19 overall, ranked 27th in the state at 6A. The Cougars finished seventh in the Three Rivers League (TRL) with a 5-13 league record.
Roseburg's defense kept Canby locked down through five innings, allowing no runs and only a handful of hits. It was the top of the sixth inning when Canby was finally able to get on the board. After junior Cayden Delozier got on base with a single line drive, subsequent hits from junior Wyatt Ramos and senior Sean Wiese allowed him to make his way round the bases. Canby led the way 1-0.
Roseburg closed out the top of the sixth inning with a fly out and ground out. The onus was on the home team to battle back, and they did. Roseburg tied things up with a ground ball and a Canby error. Roseburg junior Caden Johnson hit a two run single to give the team a 3-1 advantage. A trio of outs later and Canby's time in the postseason was over.
Against Roseburg the Cougars managed eight hits, one RBI, and one run in 26 at-bats. Canby actually out hit Roseburg, who only collected six hits in the same amount of at-bats, along with six strikeouts.
The big difference in the game was that the Cougars had two errors, and Roseburg took a base on balls, four separate times.
Wiese led the way for Canby from the mound for most of the game, giving up five hits and three runs, but holding his own otherwise. Wiese had six strikeouts and threw 68 strikes on 108 pitches.
Canby struggled offensively over the course of the season. The team managed 83 runs over the course of the season, the fewest in the TRL and fifth fewest in the 6A classification.
The team also garnered a pair of all-league awards as well.
Delozier received first team all-league for his work in the infield, and Wiese got second team all-league honors for his work on the mound.