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