It's all about balance in baseball

Only La Pine will seek a third straight title
Staff Report

It's annually one of the most competitive sports at the high school - at least in Oregon. 

Only La Pine is currently making a run among baseball's state champions.

The Hawks won the Class 3A title the past two seasons, making them the only team with a title streak heading into the 2020 season.

The state's other champions - Jesuit at 6A, Central at 5A, Banks at 4A and Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian at 2A, all won their classification finals without having reached the title game the previous year.

And, both Jesuit and Umpqua Valley Christian needed extra innings to win their title game. Jesuit's 2-1 win over crosstown rival Central Catholic ended after 13 innings, which tied the state record for longest title game.

In La Pine's case, their four-game run to their second title involved two wins by just one run each.

While the titles changed from year-to-year, the playoffs are annually a different thing - the top seed is usually the winning team. Three of the five classifications were won by the top seed, with the fourth seed, including La Pine, winning the other two.

 

 

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