The St. Paul Buckaroos begin their playoff push on the road at the No. 8 Monroe Dragons

PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy freshman Cole Boen and the No. 5 Trojans won the team's first sole league title since 2014 with a 5-4 win over Santiam on May 14. The Trojans previously won a share of the league title in 2016 in a three-way tie with the St. Paul Buckaroos and the Regis Rams.

Kennedy baseball

The No. 5 Kennedy Trojans clinched the Special District 2 title last week with a 5-4 win over Santiam on May 14 to earn the district's top seed heading into the 2A/1A state playoffs this week.

Kennedy (21-4, 13-1 SD2) won its sixth league title in the past eight years, and the first outright since 2014. The Trojans won four consecutive league crowns from 2011 to 2014, and earned a three-way split of the title in 2016. The Trojans have been to the playoffs every year in that span, winning the 2A/1A State Championship in 2012.

Kennedy added a 7-5 win over Western Mennonite on Thursday to wrap up their league schedule before falling 10-0 to the No. 1 Knappa Loggers in a non-conference game on Friday.

The Loggers are the prospective favorite to win the title this year, having been to three consecutive state championship games, winning in 2015 and 2017.

Kennedy, meanwhile, opens its state playoff match at home against the 12-seed Culver Bulldogs (10-9, 6-3 SD6) on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in the Special District 6 standings, qualifying for the playoffs as the lone at-large selection.

Culver is in the midst of its worst stretch of baseball in the season, having lost five consecutive matches, including a league playoff.

The Trojans had won their previous six games before Friday's loss to Knappa.

If Kennedy wins their playoff game, they'll advance to the state quarterfinals on Friday, where they'll either host No. 13 Oakland (18-9, 15-3 SD3) or travel to No. 4 Umpqua Valley Christian (21-7, 13-0 SD4) near Roseburg.

PHIL HAWKINS - Rawley Koch and the No. 9 St. Paul Buckaroos are in the midst of a four-game streak of wins without giving up a run.

St. Paul baseball

The St. Paul Buckaroos will open the first round of the 2018 2A/1A State Baseball Playoffs on the road this week after wrapping up the league schedule with a second-place finish in the Special District 2 standings.

St. Paul (15-3, 11-3 SD2) extended its streak of consecutive shut outs to four games after beating the Santiam Wolverines 7-0 on May 15 to close out the regular season. The Bucks last gave up a run in a 16-6 loss to Western Mennonite on May 3 and enter Wednesday's road playoff game at Monroe with the fourth-best defense in the state at the 2A/1A level, having surrendured just 60 runs this season.

They'll be going up against the No. 8 Dragons (19-7, 16-2 SD3), winners of the Special District 3 conference, who enter the game with an impressive playoff pedigree, having advanced to at least the quarterfinals in every year since winning the 2013 State Championship.

If the Buckaroos knock off the Dragons, they'll likely face the No. 1 Knappa Loggers (20-0, 12-0 SD1) in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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