MEDFORD, Ore. – From different cities to different classifications, from baseball to softball, several southern Oregon teams have one thing in common: a chance at state championships this weekend.
The North Medford softball team will try for a third-straight state championship Saturday as they take on South Salem in the 6A title game in Corvallis. Meanwhile, the North Medford baseball team is looking for its first championship since 2007, and face Sheldon on Saturday in Salem.
Henley baseball is one win away from a 4A state title, and faces top-seeded Sisters Saturday in Salem. The softball team goes head-to-head with McLoughlin Saturday in Corvallis for the championship.
Cascade Christian and Glide will play for the 3A baseball championship Friday in Salem. The Challengers will look to win their second title in three years.
In 1A/2A softball, Bonanza plays Union/Cove Friday at 1 p.m.
If the Black Tornado softball team hopes to pull it off, they’ll need to do something they haven’t done all season: beat South Salem. The Black Tornado’s only two losses this year have come at the hands of the Saxons. But North Medford players and coaches said they’re not feeling any pressure, and said they’re a different team than they were earlier this season.
“I think those first couple games were good barometers for where we were at that point in the season, and hopefully we’ve made the adjustments in the last couple games,” said Head Coach Mike Mayben.
For North Medford baseball, it took a dominant performance Tuesday to get to this point.
Junior Colton Westfall struck out nine batters and allowed just two hits in a 4-0 win over Tualatin in the semifinals.
The Black Tornado faced Sheldon on May 20th in Eugene, winning 7-4, and Head Coach Brett Wolfe said they’ll be looking at their previous matchup in the preparations for Saturday.
“We’ve got some things, we don’t want to give away too much, but they’re athletic and they run in certain counts and they’ve got guys that pitch the ball pretty well, and obviously some power guys so we move our guys around defensively and have them hit it into the teeth of our defense,” he said.