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Vikings make state playoffs

Forest Grove's Senior National baseball team recently won the Washington County Tournament to earn a berth in the state playoffs.

The Vikings, which entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, won three consecutive games against the tourney's top three seeds to capture the championship and a trip to states.

Unfortunately, Forest Grove's season ended there with a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to Aloha in the first round of the state playoffs, but the Vikings still had plenty of reasons to celebrate after a solid campaign.

In the Washington County Tournament, Forest Grove opened play with a 9-4 win over third-seeded Reedville. Lee Holscher went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, including a three-run home run. Aaron Wallway added a 1-for-3 performance with a double and an RBI.

The second game pitted the Vikings against second-seeded Rock Creek, a team that had beaten Forest Grove twice during the regular season. The Viks exacted their revenge in the tournament, however, winning 10-9 in dramatic fashion.

Trailing 9-7 in the top of the seventh inning, Scott Korpi drilled a two-run double to tie the game, and Tyler Motts plated what proved to be the winning run with a base hit.

That win propelled Forest Grove into the tournament championship game against top-seeded Hillsboro, another team that had defeated the Vikings twice during the regular season. The end result was another thrilling 10-9 victory for Forest Grove.

Andrew Hutchins, Cody Peters and Corey Scroggins combined to pitch seven effective innings, and the tandem of Weston Duyck and Andrew Harper played brilliant defense in support of their hurlers.

The tournament title earned the Vikings a trip to the state playoffs, where the team met up with Aloha in round one.

Trailing 9-5 with one out in the seventh inning, Tyler Pitt came through with a two-run single to get within two, and he scored one batter later to make it 9-8. Down to their final out, the Vikings sent Oscar Moreno to the plate, but he was robbed on a nice play by the Aloha defense to end the game.

Forest Grove ended the season with a 14-11 record. As a team, the Vikings banged out 167 hits to log a cumulative batting average of .291, and they scored 196 runs in 25 games - an average of almost eight runs a game.

The Viks also displayed incredible patience at the plate, drawing 140 walks over the course of the season for an overall team on-base percentage around .430.