Oregon HS Baseball, Softball State Tournament Preview

With several local teams still in the hunt for baseball and softball state titles, here is everything you need to know about this year's brackets.

Posted: May. 19, 2018 3:32 PM

MEDFORD -- Oregon high school baseball and softball state tournaments officially kick off on Monday, May 21 and conclude with state title games on June 2. Several local teams are still alive, so here is all the scheduling and match up information you need to know heading into the tournaments. 

4A Baseball: 

Wednesday, May 23 Time TBD - (16) Baker-Powder Valley at (1) Henley

Henley has been the top team in 4A almost wire to wire this season, going undefeated in league play. Baker-Powder Valley defeated Skyline Conference second-place team, Hidden Valley, 10-5 Friday to advance to the state tournament.

Wednesday, May 23 Time TBD - (9) Phoenix at (8) Junction City

The Pirates, who finished in third place in the Skyline Conference, come into the state tournament red hot, winners of six straight games, including a 10-6 win over Douglas in their home play-in game. While Junction City has lost two straight games, they had a 12-game winning streak before that. Whoever wins this game will likely take on Henley in the quarterfinals. 

For more information on the 4A Baseball State Tournament Bracket, click here.

4A Softball: 

Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. - (14) Newport at (3) Henley

After going undefeated last season, the Hornets defend their state title as the No. 3 team in the state. Henley is 23-6 this season, but none of their losses have come to a 4A school; two came to out-of-state schools, two came to 5A schools, two came to 6A schools. Newport went 11-4 in the Oregon West Conference and will look to pull off the upset. 

Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. - (13) North Valley at (4) Philomath-Alsea

North Valley left no doubt they belonged in the field of 16 in the state tournament when they beat Yamhill-Carlton 21-0 in their play-in game. They get more of a challenge in Philomath-Alsea, who went 14-1 in the Oregon West Conference and is the fourth-ranked team in the state. 

For more information on the 4A Softball State Tournament Bracket, click here.

5A Baseball: 

Wednesday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. - (14) La Salle Prep at (3) Crater

Crater, who finished as the state runners up a season ago, are the only local Midwestern League team to reach the Round of 16. The Comets won nine straight league games heading into the state tournament and take on La Salle Prep, who beat Ridgeview 7-1 to reach the state tournament

For more information on the 5A Baseball State Tournament Bracket, click here.

5A Softball: 

Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. - (10) Eagle Point at (7) Hermiston

The Eagles were tested by a tough Midwestern League schedule, but still finished 14-4 in league play. They've lost three of four games entering play, although one was to No. 3 North Medford in 6A. Hermiston went just 6-6 in the Columbia River Conference, but has won three straight games. 

Wednesday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. - (14) Crater at (3) Dallas

Crater earned a trip into the state playoffs by knocking off Silverton 8-4 on Friday and enter with some momentum having split a doubleheader with Eagle Point to end the league year. The Comets have their work cut out for them; Dallas' only loss in 27 games this season came to Grants Pass, the No. 7 team in 6A.

For more information on the 5A Softball State Tournament Bracket, click here.

6A Baseball: 

Monday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. (Harry & David Field) - (31) Centennial at (2) South Medford

Despite being ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the season, South Medford drew the No. 2 seed in the state tournament after dominating the Southwest Conference, going 16-0 against league opponents. The Panthers will have home-field advantage as long as they keep winning up until the state title game. 

Monday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. - (25) North Medford at (8) West Linn

After a tough start to the season, the Black Tornado have turned things up lately, finishing 4-2 over their final six games. With ace Brandon King, North Medford has a fighting chance in most games. West Linn went 13-4 in the Three Rivers League and has won six of their last seven games. 

For more information on 6A Baseball State Tournament Bracket, click here.

6A Softball: 

Monday, May 21 at 4 p.m. - (30) Reynolds at (3) North Medford

Powerhouse North Medford has been as good as usual this season, claiming yet another Southwest Conference crown. With ace Rylan Austin on the bump, there is no reason to believe they can't grab another state title on June 2. 

Monday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. - (26) Sprague at (7) Grants Pass

After just missing out on a shared conference crown with North Medford, Grants Pass turns its attention to the more important crown: a state title. Following a challenging non-conference schedule, the Lady Cavers should be well prepared for anything the state tournament throws their way. 

Monday, May 21 at 4 p.m. - (28) South Medford at (5) Oregon City

South Medford went just 7-17 in the regular season, but beat Century in a back-and-forth play-in game, 10-7 to advance to the 32-team tournament. They run into Oregon City, who has won nine of 10 games heading into the tournament.

For more information on 6A Softball State Tournament Bracket, click here.

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