Forest Grove recovers from a slow start with a mid-season offensive explosion and a state playoff berth

With its offense sputtering and the losses mounting, Forest Grove's baseball team got together for a players-only meeting in April to discuss how they could turn things around.

The results were immediate: two blowout victories over Hillsboro in which the Vikings churned out 32 runs, followed by a mid-season surge that saw the team win nine of its next 10 games.

When the dust settled, Forest Grove overcame its rocky start to win 13 games and finish fourth in the Pacific Conference. That, coupled with a shutout victory over Aloha in a play-in game, earned the Vikings a spot in the state playoffs.

The late-season run ended there, however. The Vikings were chewed up in the first round of the playoffs by West Linn ace and Oregon State signee Riley Wilkerson, who tossed a complete game three-hitter in a 4-2 victory that bounced Forest Grove from the postseason.

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