Canby baseball advances to semifinals on home run
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Canby baseball's postseason upset streak continues.
On Friday, May 27 the Cougars made the trip up to Mountainside High School to face off against the Mavericks in the 6A state quarterfinals. For the second game in a row, No. 14 seed Canby pulled off the upset, this time bagging a 1-0 win to advance to the state semifinals.
The difference in the game was a solo homer courtesy of senior Clayton Langdale. On just the second pitch of the seventh inning, Langdale blasted the ball over the centerfield wall to put Canby out in front of the Mavericks. It was a lead the Cougars wouldn't relinquish.
Canby's defense showed up in a big way. Starting pitcher Jason Noffsinger and relief pitcher Joe Brauckmiller combined for just one strikeout to earn the win, and the infield and outfielders gave up just combined to allow just four hits and keep Mountainside quiet offensively.
No. 14 Canby (18-12) will face No. 7 seed Clackamas (26-4) in the semifinals. It's the first time Canby will have reached the semifinals since the 1996 season. Clackamas enters the semifinal on a three-game win streak having bested Century, Roseburg and Lake Oswego in the postseason.
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