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Heating up summer II

Jesuit retools and rolls back into the OIBA Tournament with a championship on its mind
by: Miles Vance FLYING — Jesuit’s Harrison Bruce makes a leaping catch against Barlow on Saturday.

The 2011 spring season ended too soon and too painfully for the Jesuit baseball team.

Now, Jesuit's OIBA summer team is hoping to rectify that.

Jesuit, winner of the OIBA's Pesky Division, took the momentum from its successful summer regular season and carried it over into the playoffs, sweeping Barlow in three straight games in its seeding series on Friday and Saturday.

Jesuit opened its series by routing Barlow 11-3 in its Friday night opener at Barlow High School, then swept two straight games on Saturday at Jesuit High School, taking the first 14-0 in five innings, and the second by an 8-2 margin. Barlow was the runner-up from the Murphy Division.

'The last two days we came out really strong, all cylinders were firing,' said Jesuit outfielder Peter Davis, who went 4-for-6 in the series, knocked in three runs and scored three times. 'And we played probably two of the best games we played all year in the first two games of the series.'

'We've been on a pretty long win streak, ever since like the third game of summer,' added third baseman Buddy Webb, who went 4-for-10 in the series, scored four times and drove in four. 'I think if we don't get to the (OIBA tournament) finals, it will be a disappointment.'

Jesuit opened the 16-team, double-elimination OIBA championship tournament against Sherwood - the fourth seed from the Lolich Division - last night (Wednesday) at Sunset High School. With a win there, Jesuit would face the McMinnville vs. Tigard winner at 4 p.m. With a loss, it would face the McMinnville-Tigard loser at 10 a.m. today.

Jesuit 11, Barlow 3

GRESHAM - Barlow held the upper hand early in its Friday opener with Jesuit, leading 1-0 through two innings thanks to a Mitchell Davidson double and an RBI groundout by Cameron Hawkins.

But all that changed in the top of the fourth with the game tied at 1-1. There, Jesuit sent 13 batters to the plate, pounded out eight hits - including five in a row at one point - and poured across nine runs to take total control.

In that inning, Matt Decker got things started with an RBI single and it just kept rolling, with Nick Choruby, Keenan Hatfield and Decker (again) adding run-scoring singles, Webb doubling home two, Harrison Bruce tripling in one, and Davis tripling home two more.

Barlow added single runs in the fourth and the fifth, but never made any real inroads against Davis (six innings, three runs, seven hits, no walks and five strikeouts) and reliever Tony Albanese. For the game, Webb went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Davis went 2-for-4, knocked in two and scored twice, and Decker went 2-for-4 and drove in two.

Jesuit 14, Barlow 0

BEAVERTON - With its series win up for grabs, Jesuit stepped up and grabbed the victory with both hands in Saturday's opener.

Pitcher Christian Martinek played the biggest role in that win, no-hitting Barlow for five innings, allowing just one walk and one baserunner while striking out 12 of the 16 batters he faced.

'He looked great. We're really happy with what he did today,' Davis said. 'When he's pumping high 80's and low 90's, there's not too many people that are going to hit him with the tail (his fastball's) got.'

Offensively, Jesuit gave Martinek all the support he needed in the first inning, getting a run-scoring single from Bruce that plated Webb, and a two-out RBI double from Davis to lead 2-0.

Undaunted, Jesuit tacked on eight more runs in the second to lead 10-0, that inning highlighted by four hit batters, Webb's two-run triple and Peter Dempsey's two-run double. Jesuit then ended the game early with a four-run fourth that included an RBI single by Robert Strys and a Choruby triple.

Jesuit 8, Barlow 2

BEAVERTON - The series already in hand, Jesuit went out and beat Barlow a third straight time.

Pitcher Beau Ueland gave up single runs in the first and third innings, but was solid as a rock the rest of the way. In total, he gave up just five hits, and three walks and struck out seven.

Jesuit still trailed 2-1 midway through the fifth, then broke through there for four runs to take over yet again, the key stroke being Choruby's three-run down triple down the right-field line.

'We've really proved ourselves this summer with the record we have,' Davis said. 'The way we've played all summer really shows our work ethic and the ability that we have, not only for the summer but how we're going to look next year as well.'

'We've been getting solid team at-bats, getting people on base, getting them over and scoring them,' Webb said in explaining his team's success.