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The Taft High baseball and softball teams will open the OSAA’s 16-team State tournament Wednesday afternoon in quest of being crowned Oregon Class 3A champions.

The 11th-seeded Taft baseball team is scheduled to open play at 4 p.m. at No. 6 Irrigon, while the sixth-seeded softball squad will host 11th-seeded Vale at 5 p.m.

The Tigers, 16-10 overall, finished 11-4 and in third place in Special District 2 play this season, while the Knights, 20-4, 11-1, were champions of Special District 5.

The Taft-Irrigon winner will meet Wednesday’s winner of No. 14 Salem Academy (11-9, 7-5 SD1) at No. 3 Santiam Christian (19-6, 9-3 SD3) at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the site of the highest-seeded remaining team.

Baseball’s state champion will be determined Friday, May 31, at Salem-Keizer Volcanoe Stadium.

CLASS 3A BASEBALL BRACKET

CLASS 3A BASEBALL STANDINGS

TAFT ROSTER/SCHEDULE

IRRIGON ROSTER/SCHEDULE

The sixth-seeded Taft softball team finished 17-8, 7-5 and in third place in Special District 1, while the No. 11-seeded Vikings were 15-10, 12-0 and second in Special District 2.

The Taft-Vale winner will meet Wednesday’s winner of No. 14 Blanchet Catholic (11-11, 5-3 PacWest) at No. 3 Cascade Christian (20-7, 10-2 Far West) Friday at the site of the highest-seeded remaining team at a time to be determined.

Softball’s state champion will be determined Friday, May 31, at the University of Oregon’s Jane Sanders Stadium.

CLASS 3A SOFTBALL BRACKET

CLASS 3A SOFTBALL STANDINGS

TAFT ROSTER/SCHEDULE

VALE ROSTER/SCHEDULE

Tickets for all games are $8 and $5 for students age 5 through 12th grade.

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Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.

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