IRRIGON — Weston-McEwen High School earned a rematch of last season’s Class 2A state championship baseball game with a pair of dominating victories in the Irrigon/Riverside Spring Break Bash tournament Monday.
The TigerScots (3-2) defeated Class 3A Riverside, 17-2, and Elgin, 16-5, in round robin play to earn a ticket to the tournament title game, where they face Kennedy (from Mt. Angel, Ore.). Kennedy defeated Weston-McEwen, 10-4, in the state championship game last season.
The teams faced off today at 10 a.m.
In Weston-McEwen’s victory over Riverside the TigerScots pounced early, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings while picking up 15 hits en route a mercy-rule shortened, five-inning game.
Justin Burke had three RBI and Nick Pease two. Jerad Croswell went 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring three runs and batting one more in.
In the second game, a 16-5 victory over Irrigon, Weston-McEwen opened with nine runs in the first two innings and cruised to a five-inning win after adding five more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
W-M picked up six hits in the win, but benefitted from 12 walks on the day.
“Overall our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes and staying ahead of the batters,” Weston-McEwen coach T.J. Haguewood said. “Both teams we played are pretty young, but we still had to execute and we did a good job.”
WESTON-MCEWEN 17, RIVERSIDE 2
W-M 164 42 — 17 15 0
Riverside 200 00 — 2 5 4
C. Thacker, L. Thacker (4) and Hall. Gisi, Robels (3), Coller (4).
Hits — W-M: C. Thacker, L. Thacker 3, Croswell 4, Pease 2, Burke 2, Baumann, Hall, Ball; Riverside: Garcia, Rockwell, Marrillo, Corpus, N/A.
WESTON-MCEWEN 16, ELGIN 5
Elgin 022 01 — 5 5 6
W-M 542 5X — 16 6 4
Furgeson, Little (3). Patrick, Pease (5) and Burke.
Hits — Elgin: Mcguire, Vermillion, Furgeson, Burgess, Mckay. W-M: L. Thacker, Croswell, Pease, Burke, Guerro, Patrick.