Barbers win tiebreaker for a return to state
The Reynolds summer squad punches its ticket to Salem for the AAA legion tourney
HILLSBORO The Eastside Barbers scored a 5-2 win over Advanced Metals to advance to the AAA legion state baseball tournament for the seventh straight summer.
The Barbers, largely a team of Reynolds High players, claimed the Area 2 title with the victory and finishing tied with Advanced Metals during the regular season.
The Eastside squad broke out to a quick lead when Eamon McNeil cleared the left-field fence with a home run in the first inning, and Blake Crippen sent one over the right-field wall to lead off the third.
The Barbers put the game out of reach with a two-out rally in the fourth that stretched it to a 5-0 lead.
Eastside gets a bye through Regionals before traveling to Keizer for the AAA state tournament next weekend at Volcanoes Stadium. The Barbers were state runners-up in 2014 and won the third-place game last summer.
We are playing our best ball here at the end of the year, and we want to stay sharp heading into state, Barbers coach Joe Duran said. We have as good a chance as anyone.
Advanced Metals hosts Roseburg in a best-of-3 regional playoff, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and following at Noon on Saturday with a decisive game to be played at 3 p.m. if necessary. The series will be played at the Sandy High ballpark.