Dallas Post 9 became the fifth team to qualify for the American Legion baseball AAA state tournament on Tuesday, while six other teams still have hopes of advancing through the Super Regionals to join the three Area winners and Roseburg Dr. Stewart’s at Bill Gray Stadium at Legion Field this weekend.
Dallas swept North Willamette Valley in a doubleheader Tuesday at Western Oregon University. The Dirtbags (32-10) won both games by more than 10 runs, 12-2 and 17-3. North Willamette Valley, based out of North Marion High School, was the 2017 A state champion.
The Dirtbags will play the Hillsboro Barbers (28-10) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the state tournament.
As the host team, Dr. Stewart’s will play at 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday regardless of Saturday’s outcome. The Docs (22-20) are assured at least two games in the double elimination tournament.
The Area winners already in the field are defending state champion Medford (37-9) of Area 4; the Hillsboro Barbers of Area 2; and the Mid-Valley Southpaws (23-14) of Area 3. Area 1 did not field a team this summer.
In other Super Regionals on Tuesday, Beaverton (28-5) defeated Klamath Falls (23-24) 9-8 to take a 1-0 series lead; and the Eugene Bi-Mart Challengers and Corvallis T. Gerding Builders Marketmen split a doubleheader.
Corvallis (22-17) won the first game 5-3 and the Challengers (22-22) won the second 9-3. The teams will play game three Wednesday with the winner advancing to play Dr. Stewart’s.
The final Super Regional, between the Salem Withnell Dodgers (24-16) and Grants Pass Nuggets (26-17) gets underway today with a doubleheader at Swede Johnson stadium in Eugene.
Mid-Valley will share the same bracket with the Docs and will face either Salem or Grants Pass at 4 p.m. Saturday. The winners of those two games will meet on Sunday, with the losers facing each other in an elimination game.
The Medford Mustangs will face either Klamath Falls or Beaverton at 10 a.m. Saturday.