THE DALLES — Some advice from the Knappa Loggers: If you can’t beat one Horizon Christian, try the other.

The Knappa baseball team finished the regular season last week by playing a nonleague game against Horizon Christian, a Class 3A school in Tualatin (a 4-3 Knappa loss).

On Wednesday in The Dalles, the Loggers opened the state playoffs against the other Horizon Christian, a 1A school in Hood River.

And the results were a lot more favorable this time as Knappa edged the Hawks 13-11 in a Sweet 16 game of the Class 2A/1A State Playoffs.

And now it’s on to the quarterfinals for the No. 3 seeded Loggers, who will host No. 7 seed East Linn Christian Friday at a time to be determined.

Wednesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played at Knappa, but was moved to The Dalles because of poor field conditions.

“We’ve been down that road before,” said Knappa coach Jeff Miller, who picked up his 201st career victory. “The kids were all ready and rested, and they knew earlier in the week that we might have to travel. And they responded well.”

Almost too well, as Knappa built a 10-2 lead through three innings, knocking the Hawks’ 6-foot-2 senior starter Sam Anthony out of the game in the second inning.

After Horizon Christian scored two runs in the top of the first, the Loggers scored four in the bottom of the inning, added a run in the second, and scored five in the third.

Knappa’s Justin Dragoo had a two-run double in the first, and Kyle Kelly had a run-scoring double in the second.

Logger leadoff batter Tyson Burnard went 3-for-4 with a walk, and No. 9 hitter Andy Miller was also 3-for-4.

“It was nice to see our leadoff and our No. 9 guy reach base seven times,” coach Miller said.

Meanwhile, starting pitcher Trevin Morgan pitched well through 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Nick Landwehr and Austin Palek in the sixth. Kelly pitched the seventh.

“Morgan didn’t have his best stuff today, but he threw well enough, and Palek came in and threw strikes, and got us out of the sixth inning,” Miller said.

Still, Horizon Christian scored seven runs in the top of the sixth, to cut Knappa’s lead to 13-11 after trailing by nine runs.

“I think our young team grew up a little today,” Miller said. “They were a little down after the game, so I had to remind them that any time you can get a win this time of year, it’s a great thing.”


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