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TIDINGS PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn's Jonathon Kelly (No. 13), Tim Tawa (center) and Jake Porter had the right stuff against Beaverton, rallying from a 1-0 deficit to win their semifinal 3-1 and clinch a berth in Saturday's state championship.So maybe you've heard a little bit about the West Linn baseball team.

Or maybe you're a hard-core Lions fan that lives and dies with every ball and strike called.

In either case, we've got what you need to know about West Linn and its place in Saturday's Class 6A state championship game.

So Lions fans — either ardent or casual — read on.

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What: Class 6A state baseball championship

Where: Volcanoes Stadium, 6700 Field Of Dreams Way N.E., Keizer, OR 97303

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3

Who: The top-ranked, Three Rivers League champion West Linn Lions (27-4 overall) vs. the second-ranked Mt. Hood Conference champion Clackamas Cavaliers (28-3 overall).

How much: Finals tickets are general admission and will be available at Volcanoes Stadium. General admission tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students (VISA and MasterCard are accepted).

History: This is the 71st year that Oregon has hosted a state baseball championship, and the 2017 contest marks West Linn's fifth appearance, its first since a 2-1 loss to Sheldon in 2015 and a chance for the Lions to win their first title since 1982.

For Clackamas, the 2017 championship marks its third title-contest appearance, its first since a 6-5 loss to Sheldon in 2013, and the Cavs' shot at winning their first crown since 2010.

Who's Hot: In this case, both teams, with West Linn carrying a 21-game winning streak after going 6-4 in its first 10 games (the Lions haven't lost since April 5), while Clackamas has a 16-game winning streak and hasn't lost since April 14.

Close Competitors: While West Linn and Clackamas play in different leagues, their schools are separated by just 7.8 miles of road along Interstate 205.

The Stars: West Linn saw seniors Tim Tawa (who was first team all-Three Rivers League as both a pitcher and shortstop) and Jake Porter (first team as a first baseman) share honors as TRL Players of the Year.

They were joined on the all-TRL first team by senior Chase Cosner and junior Garrett Marioni in the outfield, and junior Micah Gibson at catcher. Lions' coach Joe Monahan was named Three Rivers League Coach of the Year.

Clackamas landed six players on the all-Mt. Hood Conference first team, led by senior pitchers Caden Hennessy and K.C. Reilly, while Hennessy also was named to the all-league first team as a first baseman. They were joined on the first team by Clackamas catcher Jordan Mambaje, infielders Bubba Jaha and Greg Mehlhaff, and outfielder Casey Peterson.

Contact Sports Editor Miles Vance at 503-330-0127 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Clackamas third baseman Greg Mehlhaff celebrates after making the final out during the Cavaliers' 6-2 win over Sheldon in its semifinal game.

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