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Wilkerson helps North earn Oregon All-Star series sweep

by: MILES VANCE Riley Wilkerson throws a pitch in the final contest of the three-game Oregon All-Star series in Corvallis. His North team swept the South and Wilkerson picked up the win in the final game.

In the annual Oregon All-Star baseball series, the North squad walked away with a three-game sweep of the South and West Linn's Riley Wilkerson played a big role in the victories.

Wilkerson was selected as one of the top seniors in Oregon both for his play as a pitcher and an infielder.

He will attend Oregon State University next year along with Southridge pitcher Jace Fry.

Fry would get the start in the first game of the series and threw four scoreless frames to lead the North to a 4-0 victory.

The North scored twice in the second inning on RBI hits by Taylor Hein and Brandon Carow.

The North's bullpen kept the South team in check and the North would add a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth.

With one out, Wilkerson knocked an RBI triple. He would later score on a wild pitch to complete the scoring in the contest.

In the second game there was far more offense on display.

For the second game in a row, Wilkerson got the bulk of the time at shortstop.

He had another hit in the game and played error free defense.

The North fell behind 2-0 early but scored in each of the fourth through eighth innings to pull away for a 10-7 win. The North belted 16 hits in the game to clinch the series victory.

The team would then go for the sweep in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday and Wilkerson got the start on the mound for the North.

The first three batters of the game reached against Wilkerson and he gave up an unearned run in the first inning but he was able to work out of trouble.

Wilkerson gave up two runs, just one being earned, and struck out a pair of batters in three innings of work.

That was enough for him to pick up the victory in the game as well.

Once again, the North's offense was up to the challenge and scored four runs in the first three innings to set the tone in a 6-4 win.

This year's All-Star series was played at Goss Stadium on the Oregon State University campus which Wilkerson figures to be very familiar with over the next few years.

The vast majority of players selected for this series have signed on to play collegiately.