(For the week of May 8-13)
Mason Hoover, Dale Takalo, Knappa
The Northwest League title is always a given for the Knappa baseball program. And the Loggers formally clinched this year’s title with “our best pitching performance of the year,” said coach Jeff Miller, after a 9-2 win at Vernonia May 9.
Takalo pitched four-and-a-third innings, and Hoover finished, as the two combined on a four-hitter, with 13 strikeouts and two walks.
Three days later, Knappa swept Vernonia 13-3 and 14-3 in a doubleheader at CMH Field. Takalo was 5-for-7 at the plate with a double, and Hoover was 4-for-6 with a double in both games.
The bad news for the rest of the Northwest League — both Hoover and Takalo are juniors for the No. 1-ranked Loggers.
Darian Hageman, Astoria
“Three” was the magic number for the Astoria junior last week. In her third year of high school track, Hageman won three events in the Cowapa League championship meet in St. Helens Friday and Saturday.
She cleared a season-best 10-6 in the pole vault, jumped 17-2 in the long jump and 37-3½ in the triple jump. Hageman tied for the title in the high jump, clearing 5-2 along with Valley Catholic’s Kate MacNaughton.
Hageman’s victories helped Astoria to its third straight Cowapa League title. The Lady Fishermen now have their sights set on their third straight state title this week.
An Astoria state championship would be the first time that a 4A team has won three in a row since Henley won three straight in 2007, ’08 and ’09. Summit has won 10 straight championships at the 5A level.