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Greyhounds punch playoff ticket


Gaston baseball set to make its first state playoff appearance since 2005

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Gaston junior Trevor Reynolds delivers a pitch during last Wednesday's Northwest League playoff game against Faith Bible at Chuck Bafaro Stadium.Gaston baseball is back in the postseason.

The Greyhounds, who haven’t earned a Class 2A state playoff berth since 2005, rallied from an early five-run deficit last Wednesday to defeat Faith Bible 9-5 in a Northwest League playoff game at Chuck Bafaro Stadium.

The victory earned Gaston (14-11) a trip to Roseburg for a first-round playoff game against Umpqua Valley Christian (20-7), scheduled for today at 4:30 p.m.

No. 1-ranked Knappa (26-1)and No. 5 Portland Christian (21-5) locked up playoff berths by finishing first and second in the league, respectively, but third-place Gaston had to play its way into the postseason.

Faith Bible beat Vernonia 12-1 in the first game last Wednesday, and the Falcons took an early 5-0 lead against Gaston in the nightcap before the Greyhounds rallied.

Gaston scored three runs in the third inning to get within 5-3, then surged ahead with a five-run fourth. The Hounds added an insurance run in the sixth for the final margin.

A victory today would send the Greyhounds to Friday’s state quarterfinals.

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