Baseball: No. 9 North Marion shut outs Mazama in play-in win
The Mazama Vikings desperately wanted to play the role of spoiler in Thursday's 4A baseball play-in game at North Marion High School. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't get past the Henry brothers.
Sophomores Griffin and Grant Henry combined to pitch a shutout in front of a home crowd, lifting the No. 9 Huskies to a 6-0 victory against the Vikings to advance to the first round of the 4A OSAA State Baseball Tournament.
North Marion (18-7, 11-4 Oregon West) took a 1-0 lead over Mazama (12-12, 7-8 Skyline) in the third inning when Grant Henry drove in junior Andy Schmitz on a double to left field. But the Huskies did most of their work in the fourth inning, plating five runners in a two-out rally that began on a walk drawn by senior Tanner Scanlan.
Noah Vachter hit a sacrifice fly to move Scanlan to second, followed by an out from Schmitz to put senior Dylan Doubrava at the plate with two outs. Doubrava reached base on an infield single resulting in a Mazama error, putting runners at the corners.
Sophomore Nic Iliyn loaded the bases on the next at-bat after getting beaned by starting pitcher Devon House. That prompted the Vikings to turn to their bullpin, but reliever Aiden Schram promptly came in and hit Grant Henry with a pitch, bringing home Scanlan to make it a 2-0 game.
Doubrava scampered home on a wild pitch by Schram to put the Huskies ahead 3-0, before junior Hunter Schrenk drove a pitch to left-center field, bringing in Iliyn and Grant Henry. Schrenk proceeded to score on a single up the middle of the field by Griffin Henry to bring the score to 6-0 before the Vikings were finally able to retire the side.
The two teams traded scoreless frames over the final two innings to finish the game, with North Marion starting pitcher Griffin Henry making way for Grant Henry to get the final two outs in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
Griffin Henry finished the game with six and one-third innings pitched, striking out nine and walking just one batter while giving up six hits. He also went 2-for-2 on offense, reaching base in all four attempts — twice by singles and twice by being hit by the pitcher.
Schrenk and Grant Henry each led the team with two RBIs.
The victory secured the Huskies a trip to Banks to face the No. 7 Braves (16-6, 12-3 Cowapa) in the first round of the state playoff tournament on Wednesday.
The two teams met early in the season, with the Braves taking a 6-2 win over the Huskies on March 20 at North Marion High School. Both clubs are on similar hot streaks entering the playoffs, with the Huskies winning nine of their past 10 games, while Banks has gone 8-2 in the same span.
The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round on Friday to face either No. 15 Junction City (17-9, 9-6 Sky-Em) or defending champion and No. 2-ranked Henley (20-6, 11-4 Skyline).