KLAMATH FALLS — Four unanswered runs proved to be too costly for Ridgeview on Tuesday.
In the semifinals of the Class 4A baseball state playoffs, the Ravens fell into a four-run deficit after three innings, and Ridgeview’s late rally was not enough as defending 4A state champ Henley advanced to the state championship final with a 4-3 win.
The Hornets, who will look to become just the 12th team in Oregon to win back-to-back state titles, will take on Sisters on Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.
George Mendazona and Collin Runge belted consecutive doubles in the top of the fifth inning for Ridgeview, driving in three runs to narrow the gap to 4-3.
But Henley relief pitcher Josh Overstreet retired six straight to halt the Ravens’ rally and advance the Hornets to their second straight state title appearance.
Runge finished with two doubles and an RBI for No. 6 seed Ridgeview, and Mendazona drove in two runs. Dakota Schaumburg pitched a complete game for the Ravens (21-8) with five strikeouts.
For No. 2 Henley (28-1), Overstreet was 3 for 3 at the plate, Jesse Hilyard had three hits, including a two-run home run in the second inning, and Chase Fernlund drove in two runs. Jon Guzman got the win after five innings pitched and seven strikeouts.