LAKE OSWEGO — North Medford understood going in that batting against Lake Oswego ace Tom Zarosinski would be a difficult task.
Not only did Zarosinski demonstrate his value on the mound — tossing a one-hit shutout — but the Oregon State-bound senior got the pivotal hit as second-ranked Lake Oswego defeated the No. 3 Black Tornado, 3-0, in the second round of the Class 6A baseball state playoffs Tuesday.
Cory Haggans spoiled Zarosinski's no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning. Haggans ripped the first pitch from the right-hander off the left-field wall for a double. Matt Maurer followed with a hard hit ball to center field to end the game.
Zarosinski (7-1) struck out eight, hit two batters and walked one. At one point, he retired 15 batters in a row.
"(Zarosinski) is a hard thrower," said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe, whose team finished the season 23-4. "We hit the ball hard but they just didn't fall in for us at the right time. They have to find holes against a pitcher like that."
North Medford pitcher Maurer was also up for the challenge. The senior left-hander allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked one in suffering his first loss in 10 decisions. The Lakers' three runs in the fourth inning were unearned.
"Matt pitched a great game," said Wolfe. "He could have easily won. His ball had so much movement. He dominated them pretty much."
Lake Oswego (25-2) capitalized on both North's errors for its three runs. Taylor Grant reached base on shortstop Bradey Shipley's error to open the fourth. Maurer hit the next batter, Chad Kjemhas, and the runners moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt.
After a strikeout and an intentional walk, Zarosinski came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. Zarosinski stroked a 1-2 pitch for a single to center field which Haggans let get by and three runs scored.
"We had that hitter (Zarosinski) beat," Wolfe said. "The pitch missed in location, it cut back toward the middle, and the kid capitalized on it."
North Medford's best chance came in the sixth inning when Shaun Whitehead was hit by a pitch and Chris Anderson walked with no outs. But Zarosinski struck out Colin Sowers and got Shipley and Seth Brown to ground out to get out of the jam.
"That one pitch (to Zarosinski) was the difference," said Wolfe. "We knew it would be a low-scoring game. That's baseball."
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Maurer and Sowers; Zarosinski and Sanders. W — Zarosinski (7-1). L — Maurer (9-1). 2B — NM: Haggans.
CLACKAMAS 3, ROSEBURG 1 — At Roseburg, Oregon State-bound senior left-hander Ben Wetzler struck out 10 batters to help Clackamas upset top-ranked Roseburg.
Senior Ryan Coleman went 2-for-3 and hit a home run for the Cavaliers (21-6), while sophomore Josh Graham had seven strikeouts for Roseburg (22-3).
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Wetzler and Burns; Graham and Ampi. W — Wetzler. L — Graham. 2B — C: Gomez, Coleman; R: Huff. HR — C: Coleman.
BARLOW 2, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Hood River, No. 9 hitter Tommy Urbany's two-run double to right-center field with two outs in the seventh inning lifted Barlow.
Barlow (24-3) was no-hit for 61/3 innings by Tyler Spencer. Jake Thran's bloop hit and a hit batter preceded Urbany's hit.
Grants Pass (12-17) scored after Brandon Drury reached on an error in the first.
Spencer fanned 12 and walked five, and Brock Dean was 2-for-3.
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Spencer and Brown; Ottnes, Anderson (7) and Vanatta. W — Anderson. L — Spencer. 2B — GP: Cole; B: Urbany.
CRATER 12, CLEVELAND 0 — At Wilsonville, three Crater pitchers combined on a no-hitter and Andrew Tracy's first-inning grand slam set the tone for a romp in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs at Wilsonville High School.
The Comets (14-15), the No. 3 seed from the Southern Sky Conference, next plays at Madras in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Bryce Crawford picked up the win, pitching five innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Juan Cortez struck out two in the sixth and Zach Zelecki walked one and fanned two in the final frame.
Three pitches after Tracy's slam came another home run by Derek Cartwright to give Crater a 5-0 advantage.
Tracy was 2-for-4 with a run, while Mike Macuk, Dustin Lathrop and Christian Massey each had two hits and scored twice for Crater.
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Crawford, Cortez (6), Zelecki (7) and Ullom, Cooper (6), Ullom (7); Corbett, Abramson (6) and Potter. W — Crawford. L — Corbett. 2B — Cra: Massey 2, Macuk, Lathrop. HR — Cra: Tracy, Cartwright.
KLAMATH UNION 5, WILSONVILLE 4 — At Klamath Falls, Jake Whisler hit a bases-loaded triple with two outs in the seventh inning to drive home the winning runs in the second-round state playoff game at Steen Sports Park.
The Pelicans (16-11) will play North Eugene on Friday.
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Cumiford and VavRosky; Chavarria and Clair. W — Chavarria. L — Cumiford. 3B — KU: Whisler.
- ASTORIA 17, PHOENIX 2 — At West Linn, Dane Lund and Marc Gallegos hit two-run home runs for defending state champion Astoria in a game played at West Linn High.
- MARIST 11, HENLEY 5 — At Klamath Falls, Andrew McDaniel, James Lupinski and Brandon Montgomery all had two hits in a second-round state playoff loss to second-ranked Marist.
Henley (17-10) was hindered by five errors.
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Brandon, Eyster (5) and Swindling; North, Cullen (6) and Cullen, Swan (6). W — Brandon. L — North. 2B — M: Inouye; H: McDaniel, Montgomery.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, REGIS 2 — Justin Cheney and Colton Cochran both pitched well and drove home key runs as Cascade Christian was able to advance in the opening round of the state playoffs at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Challengers (15-10) will travel to play the winner of today's Rainier-Grant Union matchup in Friday's quarterfinals.
Cochran ran into trouble after Kevin Butler's two-out RBI double cut the Rams' deficit to one run with the tying run on third, but the senior induced the last batter into a groundout.
In five innings, Cheney allowed six hits and three walks to go with seven strikeouts.
Cochran broke a 1-all game in the second inning, plating Wes Litton with a fielder's choice RBI. Cheney padded the lead with an RBI double in the fifth. Litton finished 3-for-4.
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Butler and Colkey; Cheney, Cochran (6) and West. W — Cheney (3-5). L — Butler. 2B — R: Lulay, Butler; CC: Cheney.