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Big inning pushes Black Sox past Reynolds

OIBA BASEBALL - Barlow is the only East County team in the championship bracket
by: David Ball Reynolds catcher Mitchell Rose waits on a ball while Oregon City’s Shaun Hepler slides safely home Saturday in the Black Sox 7-4 playoff win.

TROUTDALE - The Reynolds Raiders fought to keep their summer season alive Saturday, but eventually ran out of punches in a 7-4 loss to a tough Oregon City squad in the OIBA playoffs.

Reynolds pitching Michael Geiger was rolling though the first time through the Black Sox lineup, giving up only one hit through the first three innings.

With the defense clicking, the Raiders moved ahead 1-0 in the second inning when Jay Rogers led off with a single and came around to score on Joseph Palmisano's shot to center field. Reynolds moved players into scoring position in each of the first four innings.

But Oregon City bounced back with a four-spot in the top of the fourth, tying the game on a squeeze play when Dillon Riley dropped a bunt in front of home plate, allowing teammate Shawn Hepler to sprint home.

Riley pulled off some more trickery later in the inning, taking off as if to steal second only to put on the breaks halfway across the base line. A throw from the catcher opened the door for Jake Tipton to break for home.

Reynolds got the ball back in time, but a collision at the plate resulted in Tipton being ruled safe for the go-ahead run.

Dustin LaGrange smacked a two-run double down the left-field line to supply some much-needed insurance runs that stretched the lead to 4-1.

Reynolds tried to come back with back-to-back singles from Scott Weidlich and Rogers to start the bottom of the fourth, but the team would only push one run across with Weidlich coming in on a wild pitch.

• Barlow lost a three-game series to Jesuit in a seeding series, but will still advance to the OIBA tournament based on its regular season finish. The Bruins take on Lake Oswego at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset High School.