WEST LINN — Bend was riding high after a thrilling, walk-off 3-2 win over South Eugene on Monday.
Then the Lava Bears ran into West Linn’s Caleb Franzen.
The left-handed pitcher threw a no-hitter and allowed only one base runner as the Lava Bears fell to the Lions 1-0 in a second-round Class 6A state baseball playoff game Wednesday at West Linn High School.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lions hit a single and then advanced the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter hit a single that scored the runner from second base to give West Linn the win and end the Bears’ season.
Bend starting pitcher Cooper Simmonds also threw a gem, allowing just seven hits and striking out seven batters.
The game lasted just 1 hour, 15 minutes, according to Bend coach Quinn Clair, who called it a “great high school baseball game.” He added that it was the shortest high school game in which he had ever been involved.
“Both pitchers threw really, really well,” Clair said. “Cooper Simmonds, that was our best performance of the year on the mound.”
Clair said Franzen did not throw particularly hard, but he had several different types of pitches that he threw effectively for strikes.
Bend, the No. 12 seed in 6A, finished its season with a record of 18-8. West Linn (19-9), the No. 5 seed, advances to take on No. 4 seed South Salem on Friday in the quarterfinals.
“I think it was a pretty remarkable season, our first in 6A, and we’re competing at the highest level,” Clair said. “That’s what we expect from our boys.”