MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- Sydney King Tenth At State

McKenzie Golfer Sydney King golfed her way to a tenth place finish at the OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A Girls State Golf Championships held Monday/Tuesday, May 13 and 14 at Eagle Crest Golf Course. King finished the first day of competition in fifth place by shooting a 76, four strokes over par, and eight over leader Kaitlin Collom of Henley, who shot a four under 68. On the second and final day of competition, King shot an 87 for a two day total of 163 and a tenth place finish. Monica Vaughn of Reedsport, in second place after the first day, overcame Collom to claim her second State Title. Vaughn, who shot a four-under par 71 to finish at 140, reclaimed the Title she won as a sophomore two years ago, from last year’s Champion, Collom. Vaughn has signed a letter of intent to golf for Arizona State next year. Mollala won the 2013 Team Title.

Eagles Down Devils in Playoff, 6-4

McKenzie needed a win over the Lowell Red Devils in order to advance in the District 3 Baseball Playoffs, played at Oakridge on Wed., May 15. The #4 seeded Eagles accomplished just that by defeating the #3 Red Devils 6-4 in seven innings, earning the opportunity to play Oakridge, the #2 seed in the second game of the District Playoff double header. The Eagles dominated Lowell this season by defeating the Red Devils three out four games. McKenzie starting pitcher Blake Anderson threw a complete game allowing the 4 runs, 3 earned, while notching 4 strikeouts and just 1 walk. The Eagle defense did a fine job supporting Anderson as it was attributed with only 1 error. In a game that saw the Eagle offense strikeout 14 times and leave 6 base runners stranded, McKenzie made the most out their 5 hits, 5 walks, 3 hit batters, and 7 successful stolen bases to score 2 runs each in the first, fourth, and seventh innings. Lowell evened the score in the first inning by scoring 2 runs of their own and again tied the game (4-4) in the bottom of the 5th inning with 2 more runs, but the Red Devils could not rally after that. Lowell’s season ended with the loss. Seth Burson was perfect in his one plate appearance, notching the game winning hit and RBI. Bailey Adams hit .500 for the game as he went 2-4 with one RBI and scored 1 run. Casey Mitchell also hit .500 as he recorded a 1-2 day at the plate and scored 2 runs. Nick Ringler hit 1-4 and scored a run, Anderson scored a run, and Eric Huffman recorded a RBI.

Warriors Win 19-4, Wipe out Eagle Postseason Aspirations

McKenzie knew up front the day would be tough. The Eagles would need to defeat Lowell in the first game of a playoff doubleheader and then face a fresh Oakridge team directly following. The stakes were high as the winner would qualify for the OSAA State 2A/1A Baseball Championships and advance to face District 3 Regular Season Champion Monroe the next day to determine the #1 and #2 seeding going in. The losing team would hang up their cleats for the season and drag out the flip-flops and shades. The Eagles faced the Warriors twice in the regular season, dropping the first game 10-11 at Finn Rock and later losing on the road 4-14. Following the 6-4 win over Lowell, the Eagles hopes were flying high and indeed, McKenzie started the game off by scoring first with 1 run in the top of the first inning. That’s when the wheels started to come off however as Oakridge proved able and ready, taking the lead with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning and never looking back. The Warriors scored in every inning to defeat the Eagles 19-4 in seven innings, (the 10 run mercy rule is not in force for playoff games). McKenzie did manage to get a run across in the third inning and two more in the fourth inning narrowing the deficit to 12-4, but were held scoreless the rest of the way. With the loss, the Eagle’s 2013 season ended with a 10-10 overall record.

Victor Vidal started on the bump and was credited with the loss as he pitched 4 innings, allowing 12 runs, only 4 earned, on 9 hits, while striking out 4 Oakridge batters and allowing 4 bases on balls. Blake Anderson pitching in relief, faced 5 batters, striking out 2, but gave up 2 hits before being relieved himself by the Eagles Josh Ness. Ness gave up four additional hits, including a double, plus two walks and allowed 3 runs to score, one earned. The Eagle defense, stellar in the previous game, didn’t fair as well as it strained the pitching staff by committing 7 costly fielding errors. Offensively, McKenzie was led by Casey Mitchell, who continued to hit well, as he went 2-3, including a double. Mitchell also scored one of the Eagle runs. Vidal also continued to see the ball well at the plate as he hit 2-4, with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Jesse Eaton hit 1-2 with 1 RBI and a run scored, Bailey Adams hit 2-4 on the day, Anderson was 1-4, and Josh Ness scored a run. Nick Ringler hit the only other Eagle extra base hit with an RBI double, going 1-4. McKenzie squandered scoring opportunities however as they stranded 7 Eagle base runners, while striking out 5 times.

McKenzie’s Mahody, Nastasiuk, Hiddleston and Boys 4x400 m. Relay Team Punch State Tickets

Jon Mahody will represent the Eagles at the OSAA State Track Meet in the 1500 meters and Makaila Hiddleston will be there as well representing McKenzie in the Shot Put. Both Eagles won their respective events at the Mt. West League District Track Meet held at Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track last Sat., May 18. Alex Nastasiuk placed second in the 300 m. Hurdles, establishing a new school record in the process and will also participate in the State Track Meet in the event. And the Boys 4x400 m. Relay team, consisting of Drew Hamlow, Nastasiuk, Dorian Dilley, and Bailey Adams will round out the Eagles qualifying for the State event, as the team placed second at the District Meet. The State Meet will be held at legendary Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus on Thursday May 23 and Friday May 24. Crow won both the Boys (176.5 pts.) and Girls Team titles (128 pts.) at District and will take both teams to the State Meet. Lowell’s Boys Team placed second at 165 pts. and the Triangle Lake Girls Team did likewise with 123.5 pts., which qualifies both of those teams to the State Meet. McKenzie’s Boys Team finished in fourth place at 57 pts. and the Girls Team finished in seventh place with a 42.5 pt. total. Mahody’s winning time in the 1500 m. race was 4:31.21. The Eagle senior also placed 3rd in the 800 m. race (2:10.49) and ran on the 4th place 4x100 m. Relay Team (48.54) along with Adams, Dilley, and Nastasiuk. Eagle Sophomore Nastasiuk’s State qualifying time in the 300 m. Hurdles race was 43.26. Dilley placed 3rd in the 100 m. race (12.20) and 4th in the 200 m. race (25.44). Adams finished with a 3rd place ribbon in the 400 m. race (56.99) followed by teammate Hamlow in at 6th place (59.68). Hamlow was also an 11th place finisher in the Long Jump (15-07.00). Nate Welch placed 12th in the Shot Put (43-09), 13th in the Javelin (45-03), and 17th in the Shot Put (17-11.00).

Hiddleston’s winning mark in the Shot Put was 31-04.00. Peace Shepherd finished just short of qualifying for the State Meet in 3rd place with a toss of 30.10.50. Shepherd also placed 4th in the Javelin with a 94-06 mark. Shyla Harlan jumped to a 3rd place ribbon with a leap of 13-08.00 in the Long Jump. Harlan was also a 5th place finisher in the 400 m. race (1:13.27) and ran on the 3rd place 4x100 m. Relay Team (56.43) along with Katey Totten, Hayley Jackson, and Savanna LaVoie. Totten tied for 5th in the 200 m. race (29.51) and an 8th place time in the 300 m. Hurdles (1:04.35). LaVoie placed 9th in the 100 m. race (14.91) and Jackson was right behind in 10th at 14.95

Adams, Mitchell, Ringler, Vidal Selected to All-League 1st Team,  Anderson to 2nd Team

McKenzie Senior Baseball players Victor Vidal and Nick Ringler were recently selected to the District 3 All League First Team by League Coaches. Vidal was tabbed unanimously as the Catcher and Ringler was voted on as the First Baseman. Eagle Juniors Bailey Adams and Casey Mitchell were also selected as First Team Outfield and First Team Infield, respectively. Senior Blake Anderson was voted on to the All League Second Team as a Pitcher. McKenzie ended the 2013 season in fourth place with a League record of 4-6, an overall record 10-10, and ranked 22nd in the OSAA 2A/1A State Final rankings. Vidal led his team with a .571 batting avg.(BA), a .941 slugging %(SLP), and an on base % (OBP) of .611. Mitchell was second with a .417 BA, a .533 SLP, a .507 OBP, and tied with Adams for most stolen bases with 10. Ringler was the only other Eagle with a BA over .300, as he finished at .345 BA, a .509 SLP, and a .415 OBP. Defensively, Ringler led his team with a Fielding % of .991 with only 1 error attributed to him all season. Anderson posted a team best 5-3 win-loss pitching record with a 2.89 ERA. Anderson totaled 62 strikeouts on the season to also lead his team. Vidal recorded a 4-5 record on the hill, also with a 2.89 ERA and 56 strikeouts. Outgoing seniors this season are Anderson, Ringler, Vidal, Spencer Brown, Seth Burson, Jesse Eaton, and Josh Ness. Eagles returning for the 2014 season are Juniors Adams, and Mitchell, Sophomores Blue Bloomer and Eric Huffman, and Freshman Drew Hamlow.