LA PINE — Defending state champion La Pine advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs with a narrow 3-2 first-round victory over Vale on Wednesday at La Pine High School.
Sophomore pitcher Alex Farnsworth was a complete-game winner for the Hawks, allowing one earned run. He also had two hits and scored two runs.
The Hawks (16-7), the No. 4 seed, will host No. 5 Rainier on Friday at 4 p.m. in a quarterfinal game. Rainier also was a one-run winner Wednesday, edging No. 12 Sutherlin 2-1.
La Pine is in the 3A quarterfinals for the third year in a row.
Teagen DeForest had two hits, and he and Dylan Westbrook each drove in a run for the Hawks.
La Pine held a 3-0 lead after five innings against the Vikings, whom the Hawks routed 18-4 in last year’s first round on their way to their first state championship.
Vale (12-12), the No. 13 seed and the third-place team from Special District 5, rallied late, getting two runners on base in the top of the seventh inning before Farnsworth quashed the uprising with his 10th strikeout to end the game.
In other state playoff action Wednesday:
Crescent Valley 10, Crook County 2: CORVALLIS — The Cowboys won five of their final six games to get into the postseason as the third-place team from the Intermountain Conference, but they could not carry that momentum over against No. 2 Crescent Valley in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. No details from the game were available. Crook County finished the season 15-12 overall.
Umpqua Valley Christian 13, Culver 0: ROSEBURG — Two days after upsetting No. 13 seed Central Linn in the first round of the 2A/1A playoffs, No. 20 Culver saw its season ended at the hands of the Special District 4-champion Monarchs (24-3), the No. 4 seed. Seniors Joe Russo, Lalo Gutierrez and Tadd Anderson each had a single for the Bulldogs, accounting for all of the visitors’ hits. Culver, the Special District 2 runner-up, finished with an overall record of 14-14.
Philomath 9, Madras 2: PHILOMATH — Early RBIs by Niyallee Cochran and Jiana Smith Francis gave Madras a 2-1 lead before No. 7 Philomath rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third inning, and the host Warriors defeated the No. 10 White Buffaloes in the first round of the 4A playoffs. Aspen Holcomb, Hannah Holliday, Mary Olney, Marilyn Tom and Lizzie Steuart each had one of the Buffaloes’ five hits. For the Oregon West Conference-champion Warriors (20-8), the win was their fifth in a row. Madras, runner-up in the Tri-Valley Conference, closed the season at 17-7.