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Second-ranked Wildcats get upset by No. 11 Raiders at Wilsonville High School.

COURTESY PHOTO: GREG ARTMAN - Wilsonville players walk off the field at the end of their 9-4 loss to Crescent Valley in the Class 5A baseball state semifinals at Wilsonville High School on Tuesday, May 31.Just one more game.

Just one more chance.

That's all the Wilsonville baseball team wanted.

But Crescent Valley had other ideas.

The Raiders, playing at Wilsonville High School in the Class 5A state semifinals, scored six times in the final two innings to break open a tight game and win 9-4 on Tuesday, May 31.

No. 11 Crescent Valley, which already knocked out the state's sixth and third seeds, made it three straight upsets when it took down No. 2 Wilsonville to win for the sixth straight time (and ninth in its last 10 games) and improved to 19-10 overall after placing fourth in the Mid-Willamette Conference.

Next up, the Raiders will face top-seeded Lebanon in the 5A championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.

Wilsonville, meanwhile, saw its seven-game winning streak snapped and ended its year at 25-4 after winning the Northwest Oregon Conference.



Crescent Valley started fast against Wilsonville, pushing across two runs in the top of the first on a run-scoring groundout by senior Landen Parker and an RBI single to left by senior Caleb Kelley against Wildcats' senior starter Keenan Sanford.

After two scoreless at-bats against Parker, the Wildcats broke through for one run in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1, getting back-to-back walks from senior Matthew Gomez and freshman Wade Hagey, and a two-out RBI single to center by senior Jack Johnson.

But the Raiders answered with one run in the top of the fifth, then poured across three runs each in the sixth and seventh frames to pull away. Crescent Valley junior Tucker Cleveland tripled and scored off Wilsonville sophomore reliever Justin Schramm in the fifth, while highlights from the final two innings included senior Garrett Bozdeck's two-run triple in the sixth and Bozdeck's two-run single in the seventh.

The Wildcats answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the seventh, but on this day, it wasn't enough. In the sixth, freshman Mark Wiepert singled and later scored on senior Austin Lowery's ground ball, while junior Will Hemsley was hit by a pitch and came home later on a wild pitch. And in the seventh, Johnson singled through the left side and scored on Hemsley's fly ball to right.

For the game, Johnson went 2 for 3 with one RBI and one run, while Hemsley knocked in one run and scored once. Sanford threw four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk with one strikeout.

For Crescent Valley, Bozdeck went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and one run, senior Noah Dewey was 3 for 3 and scored twice, while Kelley, senior Zach Escobar and sophomore Luey Campos added two hits each. Parker threw six innings to pick up the win, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out five.


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