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Owen Parsons, Class 4A North win 37th All-Star Baseball Series

North wins 5-4 nine-inning opener on Saturday, closes with 7-4 seven-inning win on Sunday

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior shortstop Owen Parsons (4) and the Class 4A All-Star Baseball Series North team won the 37th installment with a 5-4 nine-inning win on Saturday, June 18, and a 7-4 seven-inning win in Sunday, June 19's closer. The South won Sunday's seven-inning opener 5-4.Owen Parsons and the North won the 37th Class 4A All-Star Baseball Series, featuring the top seniors in the state, on June 18-19 at Legion Field in Roseburg.

The North won Saturday, June 18's nine-inning game 5-4, then fell 5-4 in Sunday, June 19's seven-inning opener and beat the South 7-4 in the seven-inning closer.

"The trip was great," said Parsons, the Indians' all-state honorable mention shortstop this year and last. "Playing with people I've been playing against for two years or more [like Valley Catholic second-team infielder Alex Hyland and Astoria third-team outfielder Carter Wallace] was fun, and we won the series, so that's always good."

Henley (Klamath Falls) infielder and Class 4A Player of the Year Chase Fernlund and his state champion Hornets teammates — all-state first-team pitcher Ky Sturgeon and first-team catcher Darron Brown — joined the South.

Estacada's Andrew Higgens and Philomath's Levi Webber coached the North, and Henley's Coach of the Year Tim Cleland and Cottage Grove coach Dan Geizler led the South.

Parsons batted .403 in the spring for three home runs, 32 RBIs, 34 runs scored and four stolen bases.

Scappoose returned from its 2015 state title — its fourth in school history and its second since 2010 — to reach the state play-in round with a 15-9 overall record, an 8-7 Cowapa League run and an eight-runs-per-game average against 5.7 allowed.

Parsons, also a 2015 first-team all-Cowapa League and all-state defensive back as he helped the Indians to its first state championship appearance in 13 years, plans to study engineering at and play baseball for Tacoma Community College (Wash.) in the fall.

2016 Class 4A All-Star Baseball Series

June 18-19

at Legion Field, Roseburg

June 18

North 5, South 4

N 001 040 000 — 5 6 2

S 100 020 001 — 4 9 2

David Schorn, Dawson Brattain (6), Alex Hyland (9) and Jakob Pruitt, Brogan Miner (8), Pruitt (9). Trevor Bennett, Hunter Buchanan (6) and Jay Segura. WP: Schorn. LP: Bennett. Sv: Hyland.

June 19

South 5, North 4

S 320 000 0 — 5 13 1

N 110 100 1 — 4 8 3

Tyler Laskey, Jarid Norberg (2), Brad Haga (7) and Miner, Segura (5). Kurt Potter, Tanner Myrick (4) and Pruitt, Spencer Copeland (5). WP: Norberg. LP: Potter. Sv: Haga. 3B: Kyle Sturgeon (S).

North 7, South 4

N 000 006 1 — 7 13 2

S 310 000 0 — 4 9 1

Jordan McDaniel and Miner, Pruitt (5). Sturgeon, Chase Fernlund (6) and Segura, Miner (6). WP: McDaniel. LP: Sturgeon. 2B: Andrew Gross, Russ McGuire 2, Myrick, Justin Tow.