Royals drop 2A/1A baseball final 3-1
KEIZER - Stanfield/Echo's Quin Grogan almost single-handedly kept Portland Christian High from the Class 2A/1A baseball title Friday at Volcanoes Stadium.
The 6-3 senior pitched a five-hitter, striking out 14 batters, and went 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs to lead the Tigers to a 3-1 victory in the Oregon School Activities Association state final.
Portland Christian (25-4) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Stanfield/Echo scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth to claim its first championship.
Portland Christian's John Church also went the distance, allowing seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Grogan walked five and threw 126 pitches - 41 more than Church, who was 2 for 4 and scored the Royals' run.
Church came home on a one-out, bases-loaded walk to Connor Oien, and after singles by Church and David Weaver and a walk to Keegan Rogers.
But Grogan got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts.
Grogan's homer to left gave Stanfield/Echo (24-5) the lead for good.
In the sixth, Grogan homered to left again.
Oien and Brennan Miyazono led off the Royals' sixth with singles, but after a sacrifice bunt Grogan retired the side with a strikeout and ground out.
Church singled with one out in the seventh, but the next two batters struck out to end Portland Christian's attempted comeback and season.