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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Tigers prep for State with 11-1 league playoff win over Clatskanie

Taft senior Cody Knott prepares to lay into a pitch against Clatskanie (Photos by Justin Werner)

Taft High made short work of visiting Clatskanie in an 11-1 five-inning Special District 2 league playoff victory Thursday that set the stage for next week’s Class 3A State baseball playoffs.

Sophomore Fco Ramos

Sophomore Fco Ramos doubled and tripled, drove home two runs and scored twice for Taft behind senior starter and winner Bleiz Kimbrough as the Tigers erupted for seven runs in the first inning.

“We came out aggressive and looking to get a victory tonight,” Taft coach Matt Hilgers said. “We took any wind they had out of their sails the first inning by putting up seven runs. We need to have this energy and mindset heading into next week.”

Junior Eli DeMello, who pitched the final inning in relief for Taft, also had two hits and joined Ramos, Kimbrough and junior Lucas Hindman by scoring twice in a game shortened to five innings by the state’s five-run mercy rule.

The ninth-ranked Tigers, who placed third in SD2 play this season, improved to 16-10 with the win, while No. 21 Clatskanie finished 7-18.

Taft is awaiting its State playoff fate when the 16-team tournament starts Wednesday afternoon.

“We will be looking at addressing some of our mistakes that were made tonight over the next few practices,” Hilgers said. “We have to wait and see what happens with some games to see where we will be headed next week.”

Taft 11, Clatskanie 1 (5 innings)
CLATSKANIE         AB  R  H BI  TAFT              AB  R  H BI
Luke Roth           3  1  2  0  Trenton Fisher     3  0  1  1  
Jackson Boothe      3  0  0  0  Eli DeMello        2  2  2  0  
Dawson Evenson      3  0  2  0  Cody Knott         4  1  1  0  
Cade Warren         2  0  0  0  Tyee Fisher        4  1  1  0  
Foster Evenson      2  0  0  1  Bleiz Kimbrough    2  2  1  1  
Andre Combs         2  0  1  0  Fco Ramos          2  2  2  2  
Chase Baker         2  0  0  0  Darius Smith       2  1  0  1  
Sam Shockley        2  0  0  0  Lucas Hindman      2  2  1  1  
Nik George          2  0  0  0  Kaden Hindman      2  0  0  2  
TOTALS             21  1  5  1  TOTALS            23 11  9  8

CLATSKANIE               001 00 --  1  
TAFT                     701 21 -- 11 

LOB--CLATSKANIE 7, TAFT 7. E--Andre Combs,
Dawson Evenson, Chase Baker, Fco Ramos, Cody Knott. 2B--Fco
Ramos, Trenton Fisher. 3B--Fco Ramos. HBP--Lucas Hindman,
Eli DeMello. SACF--Kaden Hindman. SB--Dawson Evenson, Tyee
Fisher, Lucas Hindman (4).

 CLATSKANIE                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Cade Warren (L)           0.33    3    5    5    2    0    0
Andre Combs               4.33    6    6    4    4    3    0
 TAFT                   
Bleiz Kimbrough (W)       4.00    4    1    1    2    3    0
Eli DeMello               1.00    1    0    0    0    0    0

PB--Cade Warren. WP--Cade Warren (2), Andre Combs, Eli
DeMello. BALK--Cade Warren, Andre Combs (2). SO--Nik George,
Cade Warren, Andre Combs, Tyee Fisher (2), Darius Smith.
BB--Foster Evenson, Cade Warren, Bleiz Kimbrough (2), Fco
Ramos, Eli DeMello, Trenton Fisher, Darius Smith.
Jim Fossum
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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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