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Tech Takes First State Title
BENSON IS NUMBER ONE! To climax a great season, the
varsity baseball team advanced to the Oregon Class AAA
State Baseball Championship playoffs and walked off
with the state title by defeating Grants Pass, 6-0, in a
game played in Roseburg.
The final championship game was postponed because
of rain, and was moved from Portland's Civic Stadium: it
was the first state championship ever for Benson.
The bottom of the fourth inning was the big one for the
Techmen as Tom Dodd and Darryl Cuda led off with infield
singles. Ken McGee advanced the runners around with a
sacrifice groundout, and Bill Garlington came to the plate
to drill a triple deep to centerfield, scoring Dodd and
The inning continued as eleven batters came to the
plate for Benson, and Garlington, Dan Schindler, Tim
Gleason, and Dan Concannon all scored.
Pitcher Paul Krueger was in trouble in the top of the
fourth as Grants Pass loaded the bases with no outs. "That
was a key inning for us," said Tech Coach Bill Ranta.
"Paul was able to bail himself out and we settled down
after that. Once he got the six runs, he threw a lot better."
Benson won their quarterfinal game against Ontario,
T3-5. Milwaukie was the semifinal opponent, and was
defeated, 4-2, in a game which had to be moved because
The entire team is made up of poised and dedicated
players who deserve to be champions.
ABOVE: Ken McGee QIZJ prepares himself for pitch during state
championship game. FAR ABOVE: Dan Concannon fllj, Tom
Dodd fl2l, Paul Krueger il2l, Ken McGee 1121, and Kevin Weigel
ll li show off city trophy after victory over the Grant Generals.
FAR ABOVE LEFT: Paul Krueger shows his All-Star pitching form.
MIDDLE LEFT: Bill Garlington fl2l makes attempted put-out on
base runner. LOWER LEFT: Paul Krueger receives the OSAA
Championship trophy for I976. CENTER: Tech Coach Bill Ranta
answers questions for reporters.
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