Southridge, Sunset and Westview a combined 5-6 in OIBA tournament
The Beaverton-area's best were poised and ready.
Coming off a spring season where the Metro League proved itself undeniably the best baseball conference in Oregon, the top four local teams looked ready for more of the same in the summer.
But something funny happened on the way to the OIBA championship.
Despite entering the tournament armed with two of the tournament's top-four seeds and four of the top eight, only Jesuit (for more on their final two games, please see the accompanying story) survived into the fourth of the tournament's five days, while Southridge, Sunset and defending champion Westview all exited the tourney on Friday.
The 16-team tournament involving high school summer teams from the northern part of the state, opened on July 27 and continued through Sunday at Sunset and Lakeridge high schools.
Central Catholic, which lost the Class 6A state championship game to Westview eight weeks earlier, came out of the loser's bracket to reach Sunday's championship game against Lake Oswego and won 6-2 at Sunset High School.
Among the Beaverton area teams in the tournament, Lolich Division champion Dr. Barney's (Southridge's summer team) opened the second season with a 4-2 win over Century on July 27 at Lakeridge, fell to Central Catholic 11-2 on July 28, hammered Tigard 10-1 on Friday, then was eliminated when it dropped a 15-11 slugfest to Tualatin later on Friday.
Sunset's Platt Electric, the Lolich Division runner-up, kicked off its tournament with a 7-6 home win over Putnam on July 27, dropped a 7-1 decision to Lake Oswego on July 28, beat Westview 8-4 on Friday to stay alive, then saw its tournament end when it lost 14-8 to McMinnville later on Friday.
Westview's Robinson Construction battled its way into the tournament after tying for second in the Olin Division, but taking just the fourth seed into the postseason. Robinson opened play at Lakeridge with a 4-3 loss to Tualatin on July 27, knocked off Oregon City 5-0 on July 28, then ended its summer campaign with that 8-4 loss to Sunset.
Pesky Division champion Jesuit got things going with a 5-2 win over Sherwood on July 27 at Lakeridge, won again on July 28 by beating McMinnville 5-1, took a 14-3 drubbing at the hands of Lake Oswego on Friday, eliminated Tualatin 5-1 on Saturday morning to stay alive, then saw its season end with a 9-5 loss to third-place finisher Clackamas later on Friday.
Tournament champion Central Catholic won its way to the top by beating Lakeridge 4-2 on July 27 at Lakeridge, took out Dr. Barney's 11-2 on July 28, beat Clackamas 11-5 on Friday, lost to LO 6-5 on Saturday, then rebounded to beat Clackamas and Lake Oswego in order on Sunday at Sunset to win it all.