WINSTON — The Douglas Trojans lost 19-7 to the Valley Catholic Valiants on Thursday at Dan Withers Field in a Class 4A baseball play-in game.
The Valiants of Beaverton, who are ranked No. 12 in the OSAA power rankings, had 20 hits in the game — 19 of them singles.
The Trojans (13-13 overall) faced a tough test in Valley Catholic (14-6), a Cowapa League team which has scored the fourth-most runs in 4A this season.
Matt Gibson got the Trojans on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning, walking and stealing second and third base and coming home on a throwing error.
However, Valley Catholic would answer that with a two-run home run by senior Tim Magenheimer in the top of the second.
A Carter Dahl double in the bottom of the second led to a run for Douglas. Keaton Lee singled in Dahl to tie the game at 2-2.
The Valiants exploded for nine runs in the third inning, stroking seven singles to take control of the game. Five of the first six batters had base hits.
Gibson took the loss and was relieved by Carter Dahl in the third. Jace Johnson also pitched in the third.
Valley Catholic would add six more runs in the top of the fourth inning to hike its advantage to 17-2.
“I thought we played really well today. Baseball is a funny game ... sometimes the hits fall and sometimes they don’t fall,” Valley Catholic coach Pat Thomas said. “We’ve been trying to emphasize not lifting, trying to hit line drives. It was a combination of hitting a lot of line drives and a lot fell in. In the third and fourth, everything we hit found a hole.”
Douglas would get five more runs over the last three innings, ending the game with eight hits.
“The season for us was very successful. We started off slow with our bats, but really came around and started swinging it well,” Douglas coach Nate Young said. “Our pitching was there all year. Just kind of ran into a situation where they could swing it, their whole lineup could hit the ball. They hit the ball everywhere. Taking the second seed in league and getting to host a play-in game was a success.”
Douglas, which tied South Umpqua for second in the Far West League, loses seven seniors to graduation.
“It’s crazy to know you have played with this group since you were nine years old. When you’re that old, you think it will never end. It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Douglas senior Keaton Lee said after his final game.
“I think a lot of people didn’t really expect us to go as far as we did, taking second in league,” Lee added. “Being able to compete at a level that we expected, but no one else did, is a big accomplishment. I’ve played a lot of seasons on this field and if I could pick a spot to grow up and learn the game, it’d be here.”
V. Catholic 029 601 1 — 19 20 2
Douglas 110 011 3 —‑ 7 8 4
Rapp, Agnew (5), Tranquill (7) and Pruitt; Gibson, Dahl (3), Johnson (3), McDowell (4), N. Burke (7) and G. Burke. WP — Rapp. LP — Gibson. HR — Magenheiner (VC). 2B — Dahl (D).