The 6-seed Oregon City Pioneers are the last Three Rivers League team that remains in this years OSAA 6A playoffs after only 2-rounds.
The Pioneers advanced after they got the 4-0 victory over the 7-seed McNary Celtics on a neutral site at Lake Oswego.
Junior left handed pitcher Tyler Moon received the win after pitching a complete game and received stellar backing from his defense.
“I trust my defense like they are my brothers” moon said about the Pioneers shutout “I leave it up to them and I know they will make the play.”
Moon only gave up an impressive 5-hits, had 2-strikouts, and refused to relinquish any walks the entire game.
The Celtics advanced to the 2nd-round after beating the Pacific Conference Champions the Tualatin Timberwolves in the first round of the tournament 11-7.
However, the Celtics couldn’t carry their offense into the 2nd-round of the tournament to back the impressive outing of junior pitcher Ben Johnson who relinquished a meager 6-hits, 3-walks and had 2-strikouts.
The Celtics did have a great opportunity to score in the top of the third after getting 3-straight hits however they were unable to take advantage of having the bases loaded and left all three runners on base.
McNary sophomore Jordan Barchus seemed to be the only Celtic to get a rhythm offensively after batting 2-for-3 but never had a runner in scoring position.
The Pioneers offense received all the help they needed in the bottom of the 1st-inning when senior Marc Morris blasted a 303-yard homerun ball 15-feet over the fence for the lone run of the inning.
The rest of Oregon City’s runs came in the 5th-inning off of 3-hits and 1-walk.
The win will advance the Pioneers to the quarterfinals of the tournament where they will host the Metro League Champions the Jesuit Crusaders.
The Pioneers and Crusaders already met just two weeks ago with the Pioneers ending up on top 4-2.
“Were thinking big picture,” Moon said about the Pioneers run in the tournament “our mission statement has been relentlessly pursue a championship since day one.”
A win over the Crusaders would go a long way to living up to their mission statement but the road will only be uphill from here.
Jesuit has had a dominant pitching staff this season only giving up 64-runs and have had solid backing from their offense scoring an imposing 214-runs.
-Jesse James NWPreps.net