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Centennial loses state finale vs. Medford

The Eagles win the opener 2-1, but fall in Game Two
by: Jim Craven, Centennial’s Troy Harris is tagged out by North Medford’s Zack Earle despite a collision at second base during the first game of Tuesday’s championship series.

Centennial made a spirited bid for an American Legion A state baseball title Tuesday, but the Eagles ran out of pitching before they could clutch the championship trophy.

The Gresham team rode the gutsy pitching of Drew Fisher, and cleanup hitter Mike Wilson belted a run-scoring double in the eighth inning that broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Eagles to a 2-1 victory over North Medford in Game One.

But Centennial needed two wins over North Medford to claim the title, and the Mavericks showed no interest in getting swept as they romped to a 20-2 win in the decisive second game.

"We gave it everything we had, but we ran out of arms in that last game," Centennial manager Jake Austin said. "We had position players out there pitching. We didn't have an answer for their hitters in the second game."

A full story from the A state tournament appears in Wednesday's edition of the Gresham Outlook.