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Gresham baseball closes out the regular season with a win, gears up for playoff ball

Gresham High School boys varsity baseball gets the win in its final league game of the season with an eight-run fourth inning to beat Centennial 13-1 on Wednesday, May 18. PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS  - The Gophers travel to Sherwood High School to take on the eighth-ranked Warriors at 5 p.m. Monday, May 23, for the first postseason game.

The Eagles got the scoring started early when Dale Farness grounded out, scoring one run. The Gophers retaliated in the third inning bringing in five runs. Zack Kaufman brought the Gophers first run with a line drive to single to left field to bring in Owen Cummins and RJ Alexander.

Though having a good start in the third, it was in the fourth inning that Gophers created a big separation, scoring eight runs. Alexander, Kaufman, Carlton Frost, Alex Bigham and Cummins all brought in runs in the inning. Cummins, Alexander and Frost lead the team in hits with two.

Gresham started senior Austin Stalwick on the mound for the day. Stalwick kept the Eagles bats relatively quiet, only surrendering one run, two hits and struck out four over four innings of work. Jaxon Doving threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Kyle Tolvstad took the loss for Centennial throwing three innings and allowing nine runs on six hits and striking out seven. Jack Poirier and Dale Farness led the Eagles, each getting a hit off the Gophers' pitchers.

With the loss, the Eagles finish off their 2021-22 campaign with a 4-12 league record. The Gophers close out their season with a 10-6 league record and finish fifth in the Mt. Hood Conference.

Gresham also is guaranteed a playoff game qualifying as one of the 11 highest-ranked teams that are not already one of the three league leaders.

The No. 32-ranked Gophers travel to Sherwood High School to take on the eighth-ranked Warriors at 5 p.m. Monday, May 23.

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