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North Marion answers challenge, moves on to state

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA: DAVID BALL - Garrett Heffner sprints down the first-base line after dropping a bunt in the fifth inning Friday.LAKE OSWEGO — North Marion’s Senior American team enjoyed success all summer to land the No. 1 seed for the County playoffs. But that didn’t seem to matter Friday when the Huskies found themselves trailing 2-0 against Estacada midway through their first-round game.

But the North Marion all-stars recovered in a hurry, using an eight-run spurt in the fifth inning to set the stage for a 12-2 mercy-rule win.

The Huskies brought 13 batters to the plate during their break-out inning, pounding out four hits and drawing five walks during the rally. Garrett Heffner started the comeback with a perfect bunt that spun to a stop five feet down the third-base line. He reached safely before Estacada could get to the ball.

North Marion moved into the lead when Andy Schmitz connected on a ground ball, and Heffner and Sebastian Powers-Leach each came around to score while Estacada bobbled the ball on the infield.

A series of hits by Dominic Enbody, Kendall Boykin and Hunter Schrenk brought in four more runs and the Huskies saw their lead mushroom to 9-2 before the Rangers could get out of the inning.

North Marion ended the game in the sixth on Dylan Doubrava’s two-run triple that reached the center-field fence and put the mercy rule into effect.

Estacada managed only two base runners in its last two innings, neither of them getting past first base.

Sellwood beat North Marion in a second round game later in the day, forcing the Huskies to stay alive with back-to-back wins over West Linn and Wilson in the elimination bracket. The Huskies finished third in the tournament, while Lake Oswego won the trophy.

North Marion advances to the JBO state tournament in Estacada from July 18-21. The Huskies are the No. 6 seed and open play Thursday against Philomath.

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