From the outside, the ascension of the Lewis & Clark College baseball team seems a surprise.

Until this spring, the Pioneers had not qualified for a conference tournament in 30 years, let alone won one. A berth in the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament was something other Northwest Conference teams chased.

Paul Danzer is a sports reporter based in Portland, Ore.

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