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GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Jeramy Ross prepares to deliver to the plate in gresham's 4-2 win over Centennial

Playoffs (second round)
6A baseball

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Over the course of the season, the Gresham pitching staff has established themselves as one of the best in the state. However, with usual Wednesday starter Hunter Hemenway out due to an arm injury, the Gophers were forced to turn to Jeramy Ross to start on the bump. Even though Ross is usually a bullpen guy, he came up huge in Gresham's biggest game of the season.

The senior right-hander went six innings and gave up just two hits and no earned runs as Gresham (23-6, 13-4 Mount Hood Conference) defeated conference foe Centennial (13-16, 11-6 MHC) 4-2 in a second round playoff game on Wednesday afternoon.

"It felt really good to come through for my team. I have been wanting to start games all year, but I know my role as a closer...With Hunter being hurt, I knew I needed to come in, throw strikes and get the job done," Ross said.

Centennial threatened with the bases loaded and the go-ahead run on first base in the top of the seventh inning, but were unable to get the timely hit that they needed to extend the game.

"Our kids never quit...It was a fantastic ballgame. (Gresham) made some mistakes and we made some mistakes. They just beat us," Centennial head coach Kevin Christie said. "I am not frustrated at all. It's been an awesome season. It's just tough to stomach right now."

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