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by: Miles Vance Central Catholic third baseman Austin Kelly makes a putout in the Class 6A championship game at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.

Westview's five home runs, all in the final four innings, turned back the upset bid of Central Catholic in last week's Class 6A baseball final.

Westview rallied from a 5-0 deficit to win 9-6 at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.

'They were a good team,' Phil Belding, the winning pitcher, said of the Rams. 'We kind of overlooked them, thought they didn't deserve to be here as much as we did. But they showed they deserved to be here just as much as we did.'

Central Catholic finished 25-7. Westview was 27-5.

'We built up a lot of chemistry the last three to four weeks of the season,' Central Catholic coach Kevin Cave said. 'This team really came together, and we just kept riding that positive momentum.'

Even against Westview, which had pounded Jesuit 18-0 in the semifinals, 'we gave ourselves a chance,' Cave said. 'We competed, but they took advantage of every mistake we made.'

• Portland Christian's run in the Class 2A/1A playoffs also ended with a close loss in the championship game. The Royals fell 3-1 at Volcanoes Stadium to Stanfield/ Echo.

Portland Christian (24-5) scored in the first inning on singles by John Church and David Weaver and walks to Keegan Rogers and Connor Oien.

Church pitched seven solid innings, but the Royals were overcome by Stanfield/Echo pitcher Quin Grogan, who not only tossed a 14-strikeout five-hitter but also belted two home runs and drove in all of his team's runs.

• Lincoln High successfully defended its boys lacrosse state championship last week.

The Cardinals defeated Sunset 18-10 in the final at Oregon City. It was a rematch of the 2010 title game, won 10-9 in overtime by Lincoln. Sunset led 6-5 at halftime last week, but the Cards outscored the Apollos 8-1 in the third quarter and 5-3 in the fourth.

Lincoln finished with a 22-2 record that included 20 consecutive victories after a pair of losses in March to Washington teams from Bellevue and Mercer Island.

Sunset wound up at 17-7. The Apollos finished second to Jesuit in the Metro during the regular season but knocked off Canby, Roseburg, Glencoe and Lakeridge in the postseason.

Lincoln handled Jesuit 11-6 in the semifinals, after dispatching of Lake Oswego 14-8 and Riverdale 22-4.

The Cardinals, who went 12-0 to win the Columbia Division over rival Oregon Episcopal School, also won the state championship in 2008 and took second in 2009.

Lincoln had four all-state players: Michael Marcott, attack; Brendan Murphy, midfield; Peter Williams, long stick midfield; and Jake Neuman, defense. Also, attack man Grant Clifford was named second-team all-state.

Lincoln's Will Harris was voted the state coach of the year.