The Hilanders’ Casey Heinz takes a lead off first base. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
Five Hilanders receive All-State honors
By Randy Parks
After some good hitting in the first two games of the Class 3A baseball state playoffs, the Hilanders’ bats fell almost silent in the semifinals.
Jeff Hendrix pitched a two-hit shutout as Santiam Christian (26-3) downed Burns 6-0 on Tuesday, May 29, at Corbett Memorial Field.
It was a scoreless pitchers’ duel between Hendrix and the Hilanders’ Nolan Stampke until the fourth when the Eagles scored a run on a lead-off triple and an RBI single.
Burns (18-10) had a scoring chance in the fifth when lead-off hitter Jeff Garner was hit by a pitch and Tyler Sims singled him to second. Following a strikeout, both runners advanced on a groundout, and Hendrix then got out of the inning with a flyout to center field.
Santiam Christian upped their lead to 5-0 in the sixth with a walk, RBI-triple, an error and a two-run homer.
The Hilanders got two runners on with one out in their half of the sixth, but were unable to get anyone home.
The Eagles tallied their final run of the game on a throwing error and then set the Hilanders down in order in their final at-bat to advance to the championship game on Friday, June 1.
Stampke pitched well, giving up five earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and three walks over seven innings.
Hendrix struck out nine and walked two in his seven innings of work. He also had three of the Eagles eight hits and Alex Hovelsrud collected two hits.
Other than Sims’ single, the only other hit for Burns was Austin Feist’s first-inning double.
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After winning the Eastern Oregon League with a perfect 10-0 record and advancing into the Class 3A state semifinals, the Burns baseball team was well represented on the All-State teams.
Senior Nolan Stampke was not only named to the first team as a catcher, he was also named Co-Player of the Year along with Jeff Hendrix of Santiam Christian.
Also receiving first-team honors from the Burns squad were seniors Tyler Cooper (infield) and Casey Heinz (outfield). Freshman outfielder Austin Feist was named to the second team and senior pitcher Austin Piper received third-team honors.
Three members of the Burns baseball team have been selected to take part in the Oregon High School 3A/2A/1A Baseball All-Star Series to be played Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, at Linfield College in McMinnville.
Nolan Stampke, Tyler Cooper and Casey Heinz were all chosen for the East team in the series.
The two teams will play three nine-inning games, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m. The third game will be played at noon on Sunday, June 10.