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Santiam Christian downs Taft boys with four-run 10th inning

Santiam Christian scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning Thursday to defeat Taft High 11-7 in a nonleague baseball game at...

Tigers tumble in final game of Madras spring break tournament

Taft High erupted for four first-inning runs but couldn't hold off Class 4A Cascade despite six innings of work and three hits and two runs from junior starter Eli DeMello in a 7-5 defeat Saturday at the Madras Spring Break Baseball Tournament.

Tigers fall to Class 5A Crook County in spring break baseball tourney

Class 5A Crook County jumped to an early 8-0 lead and took advantage of errant pitching, fielding woes and stranded runners to defeat Taft...

Kimbrough pitches, DeMello hits Taft baseball team to 15-0 win

Senior starter Bleiz Kimbrough surrendered just two hits and struck out nine in going the five-inning distance Thursday, and junior catcher Eli DeMello went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead Taft High to a 15-0 victory over Elmira in the Madras Spring Break Baseball Tournament.

Taft baseball team falls to defending State champs in road play

La Pine High, which eliminated top-seeded Taft in the tournament semifinals en route to the Class 3A State baseball championship last season, downed the Tigers 5-2 Tuesday in a nonleague game in Prineville.

Taft falls in showdown of state’s top-ranked baseball teams

No. 1-ranked Brookings-Harbor topped No. 2 Taft 11-4 Saturday in a battle of the state's top-rated Class 3A high school baseball teams at the Pit.

First-inning eruption leads Taft to 11-3 home baseball win

Taft High bats erupted for eight first-inning runs Thursday and senior Tyee Fisher notched the win on the mound for the Tigers in an...

Santiam Christian rallies for 11-10 home baseball win over Taft

Santiam Christian -- a familiar foe in an unfamiliar role -- used a four-run seventh-inning rally to defeat Taft 11-10 Monday in nonleague high school baseball action in Corvallis.

Seniors pace Taft to season-opening baseball win over Toledo

Kam Kessler and Bleiz Kimbrough combined on a three-hitter and Cody Knott drove home two runs Thursday as the Taft High baseball team opened its season with a 4-3 home victory over Toledo.

Tigers return building blocks for another State playoff run

Where do you start, Taft High baseball coach Matt Hilgers might ask after his undefeated conference winners and Champion of Character Award recipients as Team of the Year have been dismantled by graduation losses?

Taft’s King, Salsbery, Stempel first-team All-State; DeMello all-league

Taft High senior baseball players Caleb King, Josh Salsbery and Jack Stempel have been named first-team Class 3A All-State

Hawks end Tigers’ dream season with State semifinal victory

In a season of pioneering achievements at the plate, on the mound and in the record book, the Tigers’ gripping scripture of small-school baseball lore came to a tumultuous conclusion in an 8-6 home defeat to La Pine in the semifinals of the OSAA State Baseball Championships.

New-look Tigers, Hawks set for semifinal State baseball matchup

A familiar foe in name only will take the field at the Pit Tuesday when the Taft High baseball team plays La Pine to advance to Friday’s Class 3A State championship game.

King crowns Tigers State baseball semifinalists with complete-game win

Senior right-hander Caleb King shut down Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa with a three-hit, 10-strikeout performance Friday to help lead the Tigers into the semifinals of the Class 3A OSAA State Baseball Championships.

West Valley League flexes muscle in State baseball, softball quarterfinals

The West Valley League will step to the plate wielding a big bat Friday with three quarterfinalists in both baseball and softball representing the conference at OSAA tournaments to determine the best Class 3A team in each sport.

Knott, Stempel help propel Tigers into State baseball quarterfinals

Junior second baseman Cody Knott drove in four runs with a homer and double Wednesday to lead top-seeded Taft High to a 9-2 home victory over Clatskanie and into the quarterfinals of the Class 3A OSAA State Baseball Championships.

It’s All in the Family for Taft Baseball Stars

Like brothers who have shared life’s pleasures and pitfalls; like sons to the men they have played for and aspire to emulate; to the people they have touched and who have moved them, Taft High baseball stars Caleb King, Josh Salsbery and Jack Stempel are like family.

Taft baseball gets top State tourney seed, softball seeded ninth

Any concerns that “Taft got the shaft” would become the battle cry throughout Lincoln City were quelled late Saturday with the announcement that the top-ranked Tigers have been seeded No 1 in next week’s Class 3A State baseball championships.

Taft’s 16-game win streak snapped in league playoff loss

No. 1-ranked Taft High, playing night after night with a target on its back, got struck in the bull’s eye Thursday in squandering an eight-run, seventh-inning lead to fall 9-8 to Santiam Christian in a league home playoff loss that broke the Tigers’ 16-game winning streak.

Lofty stats certify Taft’s status as state’s best baseball team

The No.-1 ranked Taft High baseball team posted some gaudy numbers this season – the most important, of course, being 12-0, the team’s perfect record in winning the West Valley League regular-season championship.

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