High School Roundup: Baseball Santiam Christian Reaches 3A State Title Game | High school
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Santiam Christian scored on a suicide kick late in the ninth inning to defeat visiting Blanchet Catholic 5-4 in an OSAA 3A baseball semifinal game.
The fifth-seeded Eagles (20-8) will face second-seeded South Umpqua (24-5) in the state championship game at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer. The host Lancers beat third seed Yamhill-Carlton 7-6 on Tuesday.
Ely Kennel had four hits, including a home run, and two RBIs for Santiam Christian. Jadon Roth added two hits with a triple and pitched the last three scoreless innings for the win.
Kadon Haugen was the Eagles’ starting pitcher. He allowed six hits, three earned runs and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings.
Sam Schindler homered for ninth seed Blanchet (19-6), who hit the road in the quarterfinals and beat top seeded Cascade Christian 12-2 in five innings.
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