North wins 12-9 to earn split of Oregon 6A/5A Baseball Series
Clackamas' Grant Schoen came off the bench and went 1 for 2 with a single and scored a run during a five-run eighth inning that helped carry the North to a 12-9 victory Sunday over the South and a split of the Freightliner Oregon All-Star Baseball series at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.
The South used a 19-hit attack to scored a 13-10 win in Saturday's opening game of the annual high school baseball showcase, featuring the state's top 6A and 5A graduating seniors.
The North took charge Sunday's final game in the first inning, sending eight batters to the plate against South starter Kaleb Kantola of Central and scoring four runs on three hits, two walks, and one South error to take a 4-0 lead.
Beaverton's Kellen O'Connor scored the game's first run when he raced home from third base on a bases-loaded wild pitch. West Linn's Justin Hoover followed with a two-run single that scored West Linn's Jonathan Kelly and Jesuit's Joe Angeli, before Hoover came around to score on an error.
In the eighth, Schoen got a 0-1 pitch from Crescent Valley's Ethan Krupp and drove it back up the middle for a leadoff single. Schoen then went to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single by Tigard's C.J. Rivers, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wilsonville's Trevor Antonson to give the North an 8-4 lead.
O'Connor kept the inning alive when he drew a walk to load the bases, and the Clackamas' Alex Claxton drew a two-out walk that scored Rivers to make it 9-4.
Tualatin's Kyle Dernedde followed with a two-run single, and then Hoover hit a grounder to third that got misplayed into an error, allowing Claxton to score and give the North a 12-4 lead.
The South answered with three runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to make the final score respectable.
North starter Nolan Thebiay of Wilsonville pitched the first three innings and allowed two unearned runs on one hit with four walks and two strikeouts. The North used four relievers, including La Salle Prep's Gavin Gately, who worked the seventh and eighth innings and allowed three runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Rivers of Tigard pitched the ninth and allowed two runs on three hits before retiring Sprague's Michael Soper on a game-ending strikeout.
Thurston's Decker Stedman was recognized as the Bob Brockman MVP of the tournament after going a combined 5 for 9 with two doubles, a homer, four RBIs, and five runs scored for the North.
The other tournament awards went to Central's Cedillo (most outstanding player, South), South Salem's Brown (most valuable pitcher, South), Wilsonville's Antonson (most outstanding player, North), and Wilsonville's Thebiay (most valuable pitcher, North).
SOUTH 13, NORTH 10: Thurston's Decker Stedman went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs, and earned a save with two innings of shutout relief as the South rallied from four-run deficit to win Saturday's series opener at Goss Stadium.
Central's Ruben Cedillo also went 4 for 5 with two doubles and five runs scored, and South Salem's Ryan Brown added three hits with two doubles and five RBIs, highlighting the South's 19-hit attack.
Trailing 10-6 after five innings, the South rallied with two runs in the sixth, three in the seventh, one in the eighth, and one in the ninth.
Brown gave the South the lead for good in the seventh with a two-run single that scored Cedillo and Stedman to make it 11-10.
Clackamas' Grant Schoen started in center field and batted in the leadoff spot for the North, going 1 for 4 with a single, two walks, an RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored.
Alex Claxton of Clackamas started at second base and went hitless in two at-bats, while La Salle Prep's Gavin Gately came off the bench for starter C.J. Rivers of Tigard at first base and struck out in his only plate appearance in the eighth.
The game was tied 6-6 in the fifth when the North sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs on three hits and two South errors. Sherwood's Sage Dunway delivered the key blow with a two-run triple, and then Scheon followed with an RBI-single that gave the North a 10-6 lead.
HOME RUN DERBY: Stedman, the University of Oregon prospect from Thurston, edged Rivers of Tigard 2-1 in an extra round after the two sluggers tied 5-5 in the championship round. Stedman hit a total of 10 homers and Rivers hit seven in the inaugural long-ball contest.
NORTH 303 140 000 — 10 11 2
Slaughter, Burnett (3), Brown (6), Stedman (8) and Leid, Alarcano (8); Kelly, O'Connor (4), Lamdin (7) and Hoover, DeVille (8). W — Burnett. L — O'Connor. SV — Stedman. LOB — South 10, North 9. 2B — Brown 2, Stedman 2, Cedillo 2, Leiblein, Angeli. 3B — Dunamway. HR — Stedman, Rivers. SB — Bischoff, Beach, Brown, Stedman, Smith, Cedillo, Schoen 2, Antonson.
NORTH 401 100 150 — 12 10 1
SOUTH 110 020 032 — 9 11 3
Thebiay, Mecham (4), Gately (7), Rivers (9) and Angeli, DeVille (3), Hoover (6); Kantola, Stanfield (3), Kessler (6), Krupp (8), Frank (9) and Alarcano, Smith (2), Alarcano (6), Leid (7). W — Thebiay. L — Kantola. LOB — North 8, South 10. 2B — Antonson, O'Connor, Soper, Sandoval, Cedillo 2. SB — Dernedde, O'Connor, Rivers, Tsukamaki, Cedillo 2.