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Baseball: North Marion ends year with loss to Sisters in Class 4A state semifinals

by: RYAN BRENNECKE / THE BEND BULLETIN - Kyle Williamson fields a ground ball during the third inning of the North Marion baseball team's state semifinal game against Sisters on the road June 3. The Huskies fell 7-2.An impressive run to the final four of the Class 4A state championships came to an end for the North Marion baseball team June 3.

After using a high-powered offense to cruise through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Huskies ran into top-seeded Sisters, which kept them scoreless through the first four innings en route to a 7-2 victory in the semifinals.

The victory sets up a title game between Sisters and No. 2 Henley in a rematch of a semifinal matchup last season that Henley won 2-1 on its way to the state title.

Meanwhile, the Huskies (22-8) returned home short of their goal of reaching the championship game. They advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2005 and for the 10th time in school history.

North Marion got as far as it did by winning a second-straight Tri-Valley Conference championship and earning the fourth seed in the playoffs to guarantee home-field advantage through the first two rounds. The Huskies picked up an 11-5 win against Hidden Valley and a 12-3 victory over La Grande, but the tables turned after they left the friendly confines of Bob Brack Stadium.

Sisters (25-4) quickly jumped in front to open the game by scoring in each of the first four innings. The Outlaws’ Joey Morgan, the 2013 state player of the year, and Cody Kreminski each had run-scoring singles for Sisters in the third inning, and Jonathan Luz scored in the fourth on a North Marion error to give Sisters a 5-0 lead.

The Huskies tallied a pair of unearned runs by Colin Barrow and Shane McKillip with two outs in the top of the fifth to narrow the gap. But Morgan’s two-run single in the bottom of the sixth all but sealed the victory. Morgan closed out the game with his eighth strikeout against Tristan Wampole, who was recently named to the 4A all-state team along with teammates Kyle Williamson and Brock Breshears.

Williamson went 2-for-4, finishing his impressive senior year with a .506 batting average. Williamson led the team in nearly every major offensive category, including hits (45), doubles (13), triples (6), walks (20), on-base-percentage (.588) and stolen bases (23), which helped him earn Tri-Valley Conference player of the year honors for a second-straight season while being named to the all-state first team.

Breshears, Barrow, McKillip and Nat Barrell each recorded a hit in the loss.

Wampole went 0-for-4 but finished his North Marion career with a second-straight nomination to the all-state squad with second-team honors. Wampole was second on the team in batting average (.342) and co-led the team with Emry Patterson with 27 RBIs.

Breshears received all-state honorable mention after going 8-4 on the pitcher’s mound while sporting a 0.58 ERA in conference play. It was his second-straight all-state selection.

Williamson, Wampole and Breshears all made the Tri-Valley first team, as did sophomore teammate Josiah Ramon.

Every regular starter for North Marion received all-league recognition, including second-team honorees Patterson and Barrow. Barrell, McKillip and Jordan Kendall received honorable mention.

Grant Lucas of The Bend Bulletin contributed to this story.




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