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Marist survives slugfest to end playoff drought.

Byline: Chris Hansen The Register-Guard

Twenty years had passed since Marist last won a playoff baseball game and seven pitches into its contest Monday, there was legitimate concern that the streak would be extended another season.

It wasn't.

The Spartans rallied from an early deficit to beat visiting Glide 17-15 and advance out of the first round of the OSAA Class 3A playoffs for the first time since 1984.

"Marist baseball hasn't had a strong tradition in the past, but we're getting better," Marist coach Phil Dube said.

Fans of great pitching should read no further, because these two teams wore out the bases, combining for 33 hits, eight home runs, four doubles and seven stolen bases. Each recorded a six-run inning, and Marist scored in every inning in which it batted. The first inning alone lasted 40 minutes.

"I was thinking about when I was a little kid and we'd go to Disneyland and go on the roller-coaster ride," Dube said. "That's what it felt like today, just up and down. My stomach felt the same way."

Marist will play at Gladstone on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Wildcats opened the game with back-to-back homers by the first two batters - Garrett Manske and Gator Titus - after only seven pitches had been thrown. They went on to take a 4-0 advantage.

That was also their last lead.

Marist scored a pair of two-out runs in the bottom half of the first on consecutive singles by Erick Hunt and John Burns. But Glide seemed to get out of the inning when pitcher Daniel Cox struck out Andy Rogan. However, the pitch got past catcher Brian O'Dell and Rogan made it safely to first to load the bases. Next up was Kyle Haskin, who sent a pitch over the right-field wall for the grand slam and a 6-4 Spartan lead.

"I didn't even see it go over," Haskin said. "I was just running my hardest to second, and then I saw Coach and I slowed down."

Haskin wasn't through, as the third baseman would hit another home run in the fifth to finish 2-for-3 with six RBIs. Hunt also hit a pair of homers for Marist, as the first baseman went 3-for-5 with five RBIs.

It wasn't the only time the Spartans took advantage of an extended inning to increase their lead.

In the third, JJ Mascolo struck out swinging for the third out, but again the ball got past O'Dell, and Haskin scored from third to put Marist up 8-6.

"You score 15, you think you should win," Glide coach Al Skinner said. "But we made a lot of mental mistakes and Marist took advantage."

An RBI single by Brandt Pedersen in the fourth cut the Wildcats' deficit to 8-7, but the Spartans answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, two of which came on Haskin's second homer, as Marist pulled away again.

However, the Wildcats still had one last push in them, as they scored six times in the seventh inning and had the tying run at the plate with a runner at third base. But Marist pitcher Mike McCormick got Kellan Steed to ground out to second to close out the game.

Manske and Ryan Englebrecht each finished with three RBIs for Glide, while Manske also went 4-for-5 and scored twice.

Central 4, Junction City 2

INDEPENDENCE - The Panthers scored three runs in the second inning, tacked on another in the fourth and held on as the Tigers attempted to rally late in the game.

Justin Reynolds pitched a three-hitter for Central (20-7), and Anton Waterman, Alex Stockner and Tim McElravy each had a pair of hits. Waterman, McElravy and Casey Michaels each drove in a run as well.

Justin Dery hit a solo home run for Junction City in the fourth inning, and Matt Bauman scored for the Tigers on an error in the sixth.

Sutherlin 11, Phoenix 0

SUTHERLIN - Sonny Jones was 3-for-3 with a three-run home run and five RBIs to lead the Bulldogs.

Sutherlin (18-6) travels to Baker for a second-round game on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Sam Scevers pitched the first five innings and struck out 11 before giving way to Randy Summers.

Big Fir League playoffs

Umpqua Valley Christian 2, Reedsport 0

REEDSPORT - Kevin Graf threw a perfect game as the Monarchs earned a berth in the Class 2A playoffs with a league playoff victory over the Braves.

UVC will play at Harrisburg in the first round at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Graf, a junior right-hander, struck out 13 and also had both RBIs for UVC.

CLASS 3A BASEBALL

STATE PLAYOFFS

First Round

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Marist 17, Glide 15

Banks 4, Sweet Home 3

Ontario 7, Wilsonville 6

North Valley 3, Taft 1

Sherwood 15, Seaside 14, 11 innings

Sutherlin 11, Phoenix 0

Stayton 2, Riverside 0

Central 4, Junction City 2

Second Round

WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

Marist at Gladstone

Banks at Newport

Ontario at Douglas

North Valley at North Marion

Sherwood at Pleasant Hill

Sutherlin at Baker

Stayton at Henley

Central at Astoria

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Mike McCormick (center) is greeted by his teammates after his second-inning home run.
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Date:May 25, 2004
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