JOHN DAY — A second straight comeback just wasn’t in the cards for the Knappa baseball team Friday afternoon, as No. 1-ranked Grant Union held on for a 10-7 win over the Loggers in a Class 2A state quarterfinal in John Day.

The Prospectors – in the words of Knappa coach Jeff Miller – are the “team to beat” in the Class 2A state tournament – and for good reason.

Grant Union rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to get the win, then held off Knappa’s high-scoring offense over the final six innings. The victory sends the Prospectors on to the semifinals, where they will play at Stanfield Tuesday.

The Loggers, who were making their sixth straight appearance in the quarterfinals, jumped on the scoreboard early, with five runs in the top of the first.

Grant Union responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, then four in the third, three in the fourth and one in the sixth to build a 10-7 lead.

Knappa’s comeback kids – who rallied from a sixth-inning, 7-3 deficit to beat Oakridge just two days earlier – were unable to score a run in their final at-bat.

The Loggers’ season comes to a close with a 22-5 overall record.

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