Beaverton, Jesuit get bounced out of 6A state playoffs

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

With Westview being the only exception, each of the Metro League's baseball teams were drop-kicked out of the postseason on Monday, bringing a stunning season's end to five of the conference's best teams.

Perhaps no first round result was as shocking as the heavily favored Jesuit's home loss to McNary. The loaded, preseason No. 1 Crusaders set theirs sights on the 6A state title game, going so far as guaranteeing Jesuit would reach and win the championship game June 7 in Salem-Keizer. Yet, Jesuit got caught with its pants around their ankles, letting a 2-0 lead slip away in the seventh inning against a cunning No. 26 Celtic squad that scored seven runs on six hits in the final stanza for the 7-2 win. McNary junior starting pitcher Mickey Walker threw a complete game, two-hitter, quieting a Jesuit lineup that possessed some of the best hitters in the state such as Evan Haberle, Christian Martinek and Marco Albanese. Jesuit — who finished third in Metro but had the league's highest playoff seed — closed its season with five straight losses.

McNary will face Lake Oswego in the second round after the Lakers shut out Southridge — a state semifinalist in 2013 — 4-0. Left-handed Laker starting pitcher Jordan Horak pitched six strong innings, striking out 10 and helped Lake Oswego requite their 3-1 quarterfinal loss to the Skyhawks a year ago. Southridge (14-13, 7-8) didn't push a base runner past second until the seventh. Skyhawk junior Parker Stidham pitched four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Nursing a 1-0 lead, Lake Oswego scored three more in the fourth to chase one of Metro's earned runner leaders from the contest. Southridge was 0-9 with men in scoring position after drawing four walks versus Horak.

Sunset lost to Sheldon in heartbreaking fashion, 6-3, dropping the contest on a walk-off, three-run homer by Taylor Frost in the bottom of the seventh. The No. 25 Apollos jumped on the Irish early, scoring on a balk and a two-run blast by Scott Wright to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. However, Sheldon scored in each of the first three innings to even the contest. The Irish put six runners in scoring position over the next three inning, but couldn't bring anyone home until Frost's season-ending shot. The Apollos completed their season with a 13-14 overall record.

Aloha also built an early lead in its opening round contest against No. 1 Crater on the road. Junior centerfielder Josh Williams, who had both of the Warriors hits, got on base to lead off the game and later scored on a Comet misplay to go up 1-0.

Crater senior pitcher Nolan Bastendorff was lethal the rest of the way against the Warriors, facing just three batters an inning for the duration of the contest. Aloha senior starter Blake Lorentz kept the Comets on the ropes for most of the afternoon, though Crater twice in the fourth and once in the fifth. The Warriors — who beat Canby to reach the 6A postseason — finished the season 8-18 overall and won its first Metro series since 2007 when they took of three from Sunset.

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