Beavers dogged by opening loss in World Series; Sandblasters Sweep; Siuslaw Alum shine at 4A Baseball All Star Weekend; and the Ems drop two of three in opening weekend.

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College Baseball World Series

Danny Hayes potential game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th inning fell short and the Oregon State Beavers dropped a 5-4 decision to Mississippi State Saturday afternoon in the opening  game of the College Baseball World Series.

The Beavers will face Louisville this afternoon in the first elimination game of the tournament.

American Legion Baseball

The Three Rivers Sandblasters swept Roseburg’s Premier Insurance in four games over the weekend…  Three Rivers came out on top in both halves of a Friday double-header 4-2 and 16-3.  Ryan Smith was three-for-four on the day with two home runs, a triple, four runs scored and five RBI… plus, he picked up the win on the mound in game two.

Saturday’s double header was cut short in the second game when Premier’s Cooper Thorp took a ground ball to the face, severely injuring the infielder.  Due to the injury, both teams opted to call the game with the Sand Blasters ahead 17-nothing.  Travis Gallagher went the distance on the mound in game one for the ‘Blasters striking out 9 and giving up only two hits for the 5-1 win.

4A Baseball All Stars

The South squad dominated in the second day of play at the weekend’s 4A Oregon Baseball All-Star series in Roseburg… In the opener, the North came out on top 5-4 despite the efforts of former Siuslaw Pitcher Jake Thompson.  The All-State pitcher struck out 14 in six innings of work, allowing only one hit, and left with a 2-1 lead.

The teams played twice more yesterday with South coming out on top in both… Ryan Smith had one home run, three triples and two doubles on the day and was named tournament MVP.  Josh Iabichello was two-for-four for the South team yesterday.  Thompson was named the Outstanding Pitcher of the tournament.

Northwest League Baseball

The Boise Hawks spoiled the 2013 opener for the Eugene Emeralds Friday night with a 7-run shutout win over the Ems.  Eugene bounced back Saturday for a one-nothing win over the Hawks.  Boise claimed the rubber match yesterday afternoon 8-2.  Sending the Emeralds on the road for the first time to Hillsboro today where they’ll open a three game series against the Hops.