A pitching duel broke out in the quarterfinal match-up between Roseburg and Beaverton on Friday. Roseburg senior Josh Graham battled with Beaverton’s Mitch Allen in a 2-0 win that sent the Indians to the semifinal for a second straight year.
The pitchers combined for a scoreless game through four innings and totaled 11 strikeouts during that span. Both pitchers kept hitters off balance and a dribbler down the third base line off Allen was the game’s only hit through four.
Roseburg broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth. Boog Leach notched the game’s second hit with a ground-rule double to right centerfield. Cody Walker came on to run for Leach and moved to third on a balk by Allen. Kody Matthews plated the first run for Roseburg on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
A similar situation led to Roseburg’s second score in the seventh inning. Leach led off the inning with his second straight double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch. Connor Newell brought Leach home with a single through the gap on the right side of the infield.
Beaverton managed just one base runner against Graham. Brandon Cornwell beat out the throw from Newell for an infield single. He was stranded at second after advancing on a sacrifice bunt.
Graham finished with eight strikeouts and allowed just one hit. Allen received the loss, but allowed just four hits and struck out 11.
The Indians will now play on Tuesday in the semifinals, but they are still waiting to find out their opponent. The winner of Jesuit and Oregon City will come to Legion Field. The quarterfinal match-up between the school’s was postponed Friday due to lightening. The game was tied 4-4 after seven innings at the time it was delayed.
Roseburg – 000 010 1 2 4 0
Beaverton – 000 000 0 0 1 1
WP – Josh Graham (10-1) 7.0IP, 1H, 0BB, 8K
LP – Mitch Allen 7.0IP, 4H, 2ER, 4BB, 11K