CORVALLIS — The Corvallis Marketmen scored on a ground ball in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday to beat the Eugene Challengers, 3-2, in the deciding game of the American Legion Regional C baseball playoffs at Corvallis High School.

The Marketmen (24-18) advance to the AAA state tournament beginning Saturday in Roseburg while the Challengers saw their season end at 23-24.

With the score 2-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, Corvallis loaded the bases with no outs on two hits and an intentional walk. The next batter hit into a fielder's choice with Eugene throwing out the potential winning run at home plate.

With the bases still loaded, the Challengers appeared to be out of the inning on a 6-4-3 double-play grounder, but the Eugene first baseman was ruled to have come off the base before receiving the throw and Corvallis celebrated with the winning run scoring.

The Marketmen never trailed, scoring two runs in the first inning. Eugene answered in the top of the sixth when the first two batters reached on an error and a single. After an out, Peyton Bracy doubled home Cole Wilkinson and Kellar Edwards to tie the score. Bracy was left at second, however, as the next two Challengers both grounded out.

Edwards and Bracy had two hits apiece as Eugene was limited to five hits.

Eugene starting pitcher Trent Keeler scattered five hits over 5 1/3 innings and had four strikeouts.