WARRENTON - Heppner's Jode Coil had a leadoff single to start Wednesday's Class 2A state baseball playoff game at Warrenton, but that's about where the highlight reel stopped for the Mustangs.
After giving up the base hit to Coil, Warrenton starter David Anderson gave up very little, and the Warrior offense offered the tall left-hander plenty of support in a 10-0 win.
"David threw well today," said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. "I thought the key was that he got ahead in the count. It didn't hurt that we took the pressure off early with one (run) in the first and four more right after that."
So after a rare first-round exit in 2004, the Warriors are back in the state quarterfinals following Wednesday's win over the same team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
Warrenton (21-5) advances to play at Salem Academy (13-1 winners over Elgin) Friday, a team the Warriors defeated in the regular season by a 3-1 count. Heppner finishes the season at 21-6.
The Warriors held a 5-0 lead after two innings, thanks in part to a run-scoring double by Anderson in the first and a four-run second inning highlighted by Nick Miller's bases loaded double.
After Coil's leadoff single, Anderson retired 10 straight and 17 of the next 19 batters before Nick Christman had a two-out double in the sixth.
Heppner's Quinn Peck and Dan Basile both had singles in the seventh, but Anderson set down three in a row from there, the last two on strikeouts.
"I started spotting my pitches a little better after that (first inning)," Anderson said. "My fastball and my curve ball were working pretty good. I only missed my curve ball a couple times, but other than that, all my pitches were working.
"I'm probably throwing the hardest I've ever thrown," added Anderson, who transferred to Warrenton after spending last season at Nestucca. "Mr. Wolfe and Mr. (Jim) Dickson have been working with me a lot, helping me out on the mechanics."
At the plate, Anderson added a solo home run in the fifth, slicing a long fly ball that cleared the fence just inside the foul pole.
Warrenton's Cody Mullins added a two-run double later in the inning.
The offensive support was well appreciated by Anderson.
"The team helped me out a lot," he said. "Our bats have been hot all year, basically. We've had a couple off-games where we didn't hit as good, but we're always able to produce runs."
Wolfe said, "We're hitting well. I knock on wood every time I say that, but even our outs have been more productive because we're putting the ball in play.
"It was efficient today. It was effective. We've had days where we've had more hits, but the production was good. At this stage, you're just happy to get to play another day."
Anderson allowed just five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk, and had three hits at the plate with three RBI's. Basile had two of the Mustangs' base hits.
Coil started on the mound for Heppner and pitched five innings, allowing eight hits with three strikeouts and six walks.
Seaside 5, Gladstone 4SEASIDE - They may have knocked Seaside out of the state basketball playoffs, but the Gladstone Gladiators weren't going to pull the same trick on the baseball diamond.
A few of the Gulls made sure of that as they got a measure of revenge Wednesday afternoon with a 5-4 victory over the Glads in a second-round game of the 3A state baseball playoffs at Broadway Field.
Seaside advances to the state quarterfinals, where the Gulls will play Friday at Mazama (5-2 winners over Marist).
The Gulls took the long way to get there and made it a little more dramatic than they had hoped. Gladstone scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
With runners at second and third and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Seaside's Derek Spivey ripped a base hit over the center fielder to score John Knutsen from third with the winning run.
Seaside's hard-throwing Daniel Terranova pitched nine innings in the rare 85-degree heat, and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed.
Terranova scattered six hits, with nine strikeouts and four walks.
After giving up a run-scoring single to Nick West in the bottom of the seventh that tied the game, Terranova retired six straight and struck out three batters in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Gladiators had runners at first and second with two outs in the top of the ninth before Terranova got West to fly out to center field.
Seaside scored a run in the third (Knutsen coming home on a wild pitch) and two in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Knutsen and a single by Terranova.
Tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, Knutsen drew a leadoff walk and Terranova doubled to left field, setting the stage for Spivey's game-winning hit.
The Gulls finished with nine hits, which included three singles by Jerrod Hovden and doubles from Latham and Terranova.