The Westside Christian High School Eagles must face number one Vale in the next round of the state 3A baseball playoffs on Friday.
But Coach Adam Sarancik is confident.
The Eagles tuned up for the big matchup by downing Gold Beach 7-4 in their playoff opener on Tuesday at Westlake Park behind the three-hit pitching of Zach Renicker.
'It was a well-pitched game, it was a big crowd,' Sarancik said. 'Overall, it was a well-played playoff game.'
The Eagles breezed into the sixth inning with a 7-0 lead until Renicker tired a bit and ran into control problems, walking four and hitting a batter.
Brandon Bray came on to get the save in the seventh.
Leadoff man Scott Moyer led the batting attack, going 2 for 4 with a double and triple and scoring two runs. Josh Britton had a double and an RBI.
Westside struck for two runs in the first inning, three more in the third and two in the fifth.
Renicker allowed only 3 singles and struck out 6. He outdueled his opponent Mitch McDonald, who struck out 7 in four innings.
Now the Eagles must knock off the top team in the state in order to achieve their goal of winning the state championship. Game time is Friday, May 23, at 3:30 p.m. at Westlake Park.
'Vale has been number one most of the season,' Sarancik said. 'They are very solid, top to bottom. They have deep pitching. They don't make a lot of mistakes. They make you beat them.
'We're going to have to play our best game of the year.'
Sarancik thinks the chances of that are excellent. His Eagles have a shining 20-2 record and a sixth place ranking in Class 3A. Westside's depth and talent is similar to that of Vale.
'Obviously, I am very confident in my team,' Sarancik said. 'We have good pitching, we have good defense, we score when we need to.'