The Gophers could only manage four hits in the loss

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Brett Falkner (left) chats with his coach Ryan Miller (right) at third base in Gresham 8-1 loss to West Linn

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The heart of the West Linn batting rotation is arguably the best in the state, but it was the Lions' nine-hitter that played a huge role for them in the quarterfinals.

West Linn third baseman Evan King got on base in all three plate appearances and scored two runs in West Linn's 8-1 victory over Gresham on Friday afternoon.

With the win, the Lions advance to the semifinals where they will host Beaverton at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

"The top of our lineup is so strong, so my mentality is to go up there and find a way to bring the next guy up," King said. "I will take a lot of pitches and do whatever I can to get on base...I am glad that I was able to get on today to bring up the top of the order with two outs. I feel like that was what really opened up the game for us."

For Gresham, it was a disappointing finish to a fantastic season.

"I thought we played well...It was just a couple mistakes that extended some innings," Gresham head coach Ryan Miller said. "You can't give good teams like that extra at-bats. (West Linn) took advantage of the situations they were in. That is a good ball team."

Look for the full version in the June 2 print edition.

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