McMINNVILLE - Behind the pitching of Neah-Kah-Nie's Kyle Corwin and Warrenton's Nate McBride - and the hitting of the Warriors' Zach Gantenbein - the West squad swept three games from the East in the Class 2A All-Star baseball series over the weekend.

The annual series, which takes place at Linfield College in McMinnville, showcases the best seniors in the state at the 2A level.

The series' Most Valuable Player award went to Santiam Christian's Ryan Porter, who had a single, double and a triple in Sunday's Game 3 win.

Corwin was named the outstanding pitcher for the West, as the Pirates' senior picked up two wins in relief Saturday - a Series' first.

The outstanding player award for the West went to McBride, the recent Warrenton graduate.

In addition to going a combined 4-for-11 at the plate, McBride pitched a complete-game victory Sunday, limiting the East to six hits, with two strikeouts and two walks. Chad King of Sherman County went the distance for East, but took the loss.

Game 3 was a nine-inning contest, while Saturday's games were seven innings each.

Warrenton grad Zach Gantenbein also had a big series, going 5-for-11 at the plate (4-for-4 in Game 2), and played outfield for the first time in his prep career.

On the first ball hit to Gantenbein in right field, he threw a runner out at second base.

Knappa's Toivo Fransen made a brief appearance on the mound Saturday, and finished the series 1-for-7 at the plate. Miles Johnson of Clatskanie suffered a separated shoulder before the series began, but made an appearance as a pinch-runner.

North takes oneROSEBURG - The North squad was able to squeak out a 3-2 victory in Saturday's opening game of the Class 3A baseball All-Star series, but the South bounced back for a pair of wins Sunday, 12-1 and 14-4.

The 25th annual three-game series at Legion Field in Roseburg featured the top 3A seniors in the state for the 2004 spring season - a list that included Astoria's Ryan Kelly and Seaside's Vito Cerelli and Marshall Maier.

All three players saw action for the North squad. Kelly pitched the final two innings and picked up the save in Saturday's win, while Cerelli's solo home run in the sixth inning was the North's lone run in the Game 2 loss.

Maier pitched one inning in the defeat, while Kelly returned and pitched the final three innings of Game 3.

The series Most Valuable Player award went to Kyle Kordon of Pleasant Hill, as the South outfielder went 5-for-10 at the plate with three RBIs and four runs scored.

The South managed just four hits in Saturday night's loss, but racked up 24 hits in their two wins Sunday.

While Cerelli had the only home run of the series, the North squad batted just .189 (14-for-74) in the three games.

In the 25-year history of the series, the North holds a 15-10 overall series advantage, and holds a 37-36 advantage in games played.


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