Portland baseball, softball teams eliminated in round one of 6A state tournaments
Eight teams from the city limits of Portland made the state high school baseball and softball tournaments.
And all eight teams left Monday, May 23, in the first round without a win.
Coming up the closest was No. 16 Grant High baseball, which suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of No. 17 Westview at Joe Etzel Field at the University of Portland.
Trailing 3-1 going into the sixth, Grant put a runner on third off an error, then forced three walks to score one and still have the bases loaded.
Instead of busting the game open, though, the Generals struck out and went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh to fall short.
"There's no reason at all for them to hang their heads," Grant coach Matt Kabza said. "They just played a great ball game, a playoff game. I thought the energy inside the stadium was electric. And we were just that close."
Kellen Segel started on the mound for the Generals and gave up one run in the first inning, but locked it down for the next three innings.
In the fifth, Westview was able to string together three singles, including a big two-RBI liner from Cole Katayama-Stall to put the Wildcats up 3-1 going into the bottom half.
Ben Christensen came in to pitch the final two frames and only gave up one hit to hold his team close over the last couple of innings.
The big hit just never came as Grant was the last Portland team eliminated on the day. But you wouldn't have known it from the energy the Generals bench displayed all game.
"I'm really proud of the way this group has dealt with adversity all year long," Kabza said. "It's kind of been a little bit like the story, the running theme throughout our season, is dealing with adversity."
Grant wasn't alone as Lincoln, Ida B. Wells and Central Catholic baseball all lost in round one Monday.
No. 30 Lincoln fell 8-1 down at No. 3 South Medford, while No. 22 Wells dropped a 12-6 game to No. 11 Summit.
No. 12 Central Catholic lost at Walker Stadium to No. 21 Sheldon after the Irish bats were loud. Leading 1-0 going into the third, Brody Spurlock changed the course of the game with a three-run home run to left field to put Sheldon up 3-1.
Then the errors started to show up for the Rams as one led to another Sheldon run in the fourth, plus a two RBI single to make it 6-1 after four.
Central Catholic had its chances, scoring two runs in the fourth to make it 6-3 and then loading the bases in the fifth with one out.
However, Sheldon center fielder Drew Coleman made the play of the game, laying out on the run toward the center field fence to catch a fly ball. No one in the park thought there was time to get there, including all three of the Rams runners. Coleman got up and threw the ball in to double off the CC runner at first and extinguish any momentum.
Two more Rams errors and two more hits in the sixth put the game to bed as Sheldon went on to win 10-3.
In softball, Portland teams had a hard day on the diamond as well.
No. 32 Grant fell to No. 1 Tigard 14-0 and No. 31 Franklin lost to No. 2 Bend by the same score. PIL champs and No. 28 Roosevelt lost to No. 5 Sheldon 16-0 and No. 14 Central Catholic dropped a 1-0 game to No. 19 Lakeridge. Pacers pitcher Holly Beeman pitched a perfect game with 17 Ks as the Rams hitters had no answer for the Fordham University commit.
Ally Hyde pitched well despite the lack of offense for the Rams, picking up 14 strikeouts and allowing the only run in the seventh inning on five hits.
Lakeridge only had three hits coming into the seventh before a single off the center field wall and a lost fly ball later in the inning allowed the runner to score.
While the story was the same around Portland, Grant baseball has plenty to remember from 2022.
For the 10 seniors on the Generals squad, it's a tough way to go out in a close game, but the 2022 class has left plenty to remember for the program.
"Just a work ethic, never complained, were always just ready to do whatever the coaching staff asked of them plus more," Kabza said. "They were a really tight group and a group that had high character and were good people."
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