PREP BASEBALL: Dragons down Ashland in play-in game

Dallas' baseball team defeated Ashland 5-4 in the state play-in round.

DALLAS — Dallas’ baseball team is off to state.

The Dragons defeated Ashland 5-4 in the state play-in round on Friday to advance to the first round of the state playoffs.

“Friday was a great game,” Dallas coach Scot McDonald said. “Jaret Stewart pitched really well and the kids made plays when they had to. Clutch hitting from Zach Wallace made the difference offensively.”

Wallace finished with two hits and three RBIs. Treve Earhart and James Van Everdinghe also had two hits each. Stewart threw 10 strikeouts over seven innings on the pitcher’s mound.

Dallas, ranked No. 11, will play at No. 6 Hood River Valley Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m.

Hood River Valley finished 19-7 overall and 10-2 in Columbia River Conference play, finishing first.

“Hood River has three good pitchers that compete, and their lineup scores runs,” McDonald said. “They are a league champ with tradition and know how to win.”

Defeating the Eagles will be difficult, but McDonald said the Dragons have the tools necessary to advance.

“We will need good defense and timely hitting,” McDonald said. “We preach to worry about what you can control and let the other stuff go. The guys will handle the tense situations and hopefully relax and allow themselves to perform.”

The winner advances to play the winner of No. 14 Marist Catholic vs. No. 3 Crescent Valley in the state quarterfinals on Friday. The state semifinals will take place on Tuesday.

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