From Oregon Live
Sisters vs Henley
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How they got here: Henley dropped No. 15-seed Cottage Grove 10-0 in Round 1, beat Philomath 6-3 in the quarterfinals and narrowly beat Ridgeview 4-3 in the semifinals. Sisters’ closest game came in the opening round against Mazama, a 3-2 victory. Sisters downed Newport 8-3 in the quarterfinals and quieted North Marion’s offense during a 7-2 win.
Players to watch: Sisters —Joey Morgan, Jardon Weems, and Justin Harrer. Morgan threw a complete game against Mazama and had nine strikeouts. Weems and Harrer both batted well in critical situations. Henley – Jon Guzman, Jesse Hilyard, and Josh Overstreet. Guzman won pitcher of the year in the Skyline Conference and Hilyard won player of the year honers for his outstanding offensive and defensive abilities. Hilyard also went 9-0 on the pitching mound.
He said it: Tim Cleland, Henley coach: “I think Sisters is an exceptionally good baseball team. I’m not surprised at all. We are going to need to certainly play a very good baseball game. I trust that our team can.”
Team bonding: Said Cleland: “I let them go out in the outfield and say their stuff. We just try to do everything as one. As one: That’s kind of our motto. That’s our philosophy.”
Keys to the game: Cleland believes pitching and team defense are the keys to winning any playoff game. “As long as we throw strikes and play defense, we’ll give ourselves a chance,” Cleland said.
- Erik C. Anderson | @ErikCAnderson