KEIZER, Ore. - The South Umpqua baseball team has won the 3A state baseball championship with a 10-2 drubbing of Santiam Christian Friday at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.
Kade Johnson was 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Lancers. Johnson knocked in 3 runs and scored twice.
Andrew Camp and Jordan Stevenson were both 2-for-3. Stevenson also homered and had 3 RBI.
Jace Johnson pitched 6-2/3 innings for the win, striking out 7. He also helped himself out at the plate with 3 RBI.
Camp finished out the contest, striking out the final batter to end the game.
South Umpqua, the No. 2 seed, completed their championship season with a 25-5 overall record. The runners-up, No. 5-seeded Santiam Christian, finished at 20-9.
The Lancers closed out the regular season in 2nd place in Special District 4, notching an 11-4 league record behind conference champ Cascade Christian (12-3).
Cascade Christian, coached by 1992 Douglas High grad and former Doc Stewart's player Kevin Shafer, was upset by Blanchet Christian in the quarterfinals.
To reach the title game, South Umpqua knocked off Yamhill-Carlton 7-6 in the semifinals following a 6-1 quarterfinal victory over St. Mary's of Medford and a 5-2 win over Scio in the first round.
It's SU's first baseball title in 43 years, when the Lancers defeated Rainier for the 2A title in 1979.