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The Braves suffer quarterfinal defeats after claiming regular season league titles on both diamonds

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Banks' Dalton Renne throws a pitch during the Braves' home playoff game against North Marion at Banks High School.You can't win them all, but the Banks boys and girls baseball and softball teams won quite a few en route to sweeping the Cowapa League championships.

The girls – the defending OSAA 4A state softball champions – were for much of the year on-track to defend their title, finished the season with an overall record of 24-2 while losing just one league game to Scappoose. Unfortunately for the Braves, they fell in the quarterfinals to Gladstone and 2016 4A Pitcher of the Year Madi Mott. It was a depressing way for the defending champion Braves to go out, but amidst the heartbreak head coach James Wise celebrated the success of a senior class that saw an awful lot of it.

"I made the girls turn around and look at our accomplishments on the sign out there," said Wise. "I told them not to walk off of this field thinking this one game defines your career at Banks. A lot of wins, a lot of awards, they should be proud of their accomplishments here."

The baseball team saw their share of success as well, sharing the league title with Astoria and making their own run to the state quarterfinals before losing a road game to Henley. Junior second baseman Gunnar Partain was selected as the Cowapa League Player of the Year and several Braves were also honored, with pitcher Dalton Renne, outfielder Jake Evans, catcher Casey McGough, outfielder Kylan Taylor, and shortstop Hayden Vandehey voted to the all-league team, while catcher Blaine Herb and senior Trevor Thiessen were selected as honorable mention.

In addition to the players, head coach Bob Smith was selected as the league Coach of the Year with Astoria head coach Dave Gasser.

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