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PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn senior shortstop Tim Tawa leaps into the air at the end of his team's 3-1 win over Beaverton in the Class 6A state semifinals at West Linn High School on Tuesday.The Beaverton baseball team had West Linn right where it wanted it.

The fourth-ranked Beavers, playing at top-seeded West Linn in Tuesday's Class 6A state semifinals, pushed across one run in the top of the third inning while pitcher Trace Hokkanen kept throwing zeroes at the Lions.

But West Linn turned the tide in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting together three hits and one error to score three runs and beat Beaverton 3-1 at West Linn High School.

"It feels great. It feels great," said sophomore third baseman Jonathon Kelly, who doubled and scored his team's first run in the fifth inning. "We've get four more days with this team together — that's what makes me happy."

"We started off slow, but this team, we never give up," said Lion junior James Marshall, who bunted Kelly home and later scored his team's third run in the fifth. "We always play for each other."



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