Philomath defeated Blanchet Catholic on Thursday, 5-2. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Senior Cameron Ordway launched his fourth home run of the season while juniors David Griffith and Ty May combined at pitcher for a two-hitter in Philomath High’s 5-2 victory Thursday over Blanchet Catholic in a tuneup game for the Class 4A playoffs.

The Warriors (15-9) earned an automatic berth in the state-playoff field by winning the Oregon West Conference title and will learn their opponent late this week as the play-in game results come in. Philomath is seeded No. 8 and will host a first-round game on Wednesday. 

A possible first-round opponent could be Henley if the Hornets win their home play-in game on Friday over McLoughlin and end up as the No. 9 seed. Henley beat Philomath early this season, 7-4.

Against Blanchet on Thursday, coach Levi Webber got Griffith three innings of work at pitcher. He threw 39 pitches and allowed just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts. May relieved to start the fourth and he went four innings, throwing 76 pitches and allowing one hit, two walks and six strikeouts.

The Class 3A Cavaliers (17-5) will be headed to the postseason and scheduled a pair of 4A opponents this week to get ready. Blanchet, No. 8 in the OSAA rankings, had a rough outing Wednesday at North Marion in a 12-0 loss but kept the game interesting against the Warriors.

Philomath’s Ordway broke a scoreless tie by leading off the third inning with a solo home run to left field. Carson Gerding followed with a single and made his way around the bases for a 2-0 lead.

After Blanchet scored a run in the top of the third, the score remained 2-1 in Philomath’s favor until the bottom of the sixth. The Warriors had four consecutive one-out hits on a double by May and singles by Griffith, junior Chad Russell and junior Brayden Shenk. Russell and Shenk picked up RBIs on their hits. Later in the inning with two outs, Ordway singled to drive in another run.

Blanchet picked up a run in the seventh to account for the final score.

Ordway went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and seven total bases to lead the Warrior offense.