Grizzlies brave Sandy, weather
SANDY – Down 5-3 and coming off a 20-minute rain delay, the McMinnville baseball team rallied.
Riley McAnally went 3-for-3 with two RBI and Ryan Dix pitched four hitless innings in relief as the Class 6A Grizzlies defeated Class 5A Sandy, 7-5, in the nonleague season opener for both squads.
“We knew the guys were anxious and ready to go,” Mac coach Jordan Harlow said. “When we kind of had the strange weather and the delay, we wanted to see how they’d respond mentally. They did a nice job.”
The Grizzlies (1-0) led 3-2 entering the bottom of the third inning, when the Pioneers scored three runs off McMinnville starter David Brosius to take a 5-3 lead.
Lane Hessel sparked the Grizzlies with an RBI single in the fourth inning, plating McAnally. Later on, Kade Mechals reached on a Sandy (0-1) error that allowed Ryan Dix to score for the game’s tying run.
Senior Jacob Bannister put McMinnville ahead for good in the fifth inning with a sacrifice bunt that allowed Sam Swenson to score. In the seventh inning, McAnally singled in Swenson for insurance.
Swenson went 2-for-3 with two doubles, and Hessel and Zach Rhoads each went 1-for-3. Mechals and Adrian Uscanga also had hits for the Grizzlies.
On Monday, McMinnville participated in a jamboree with Class 5A Wilsonville in which scores and statistics were not kept.
The Grizzlies host Roseburg today at 4:30 p.m. before traveling to Keizer for the Volcanoes Spring Tournament, beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Volcanoes Stadium.
Sheridan 21, Nestucca 4 (5)
SHERIDAN – The Class 3A Spartans put 15 runs on the board in the first two innings in routing the Class 2A Bobcats Wednesday night in Sheridan.
Andrew Glynn went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, and Jackson Meyer went 2-for-3 with a triple and five RBI. Boone Meyer went 2-for-2 with two walks and four runs scored.
Sheridan (1-1) hosts Class 2A Vernonia in a Saturday doubleheader, with games slated for noon and 3 p.m. The Spartans follow with a contest at Western Mennonite at noon on Monday.
Amity 12, St. Paul 1 (5)
ST. PAUL – The Class 3A Warriors defeated the Class 1A Buckaroos in Wednesday’s nonleague contest. Amity (2-0) hosts Harrisburg Friday before playing in the Spring Break Classic, hosted by Taft High School in Lincoln City, on Sunday.
Regis 16, Willamina 4
STAYTON – The Class 2A Rams defeated the Class 3A Bulldogs in nonleague play Wednesday. Willamina (0-2) plays at Nestucca Friday at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Catlin Gabel for a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at noon.
Amity 8, East Linn Christian 0
AMITY – The Class 3A Warriors shut out the Class 2A Eagles in Tuesday’s nonleague contest.
Santiam Christian 9, Dayton 0
ADAIR VILLAGE – The Pirates allowed nine runs in the first inning and struggled to recover in Tuesday’s Class 3A nonleague loss to the Eagles.
Dayton (0-1) plays Valley Catholic today at 4:30 p.m. in Beaverton and hosts Blanchet Catholic on Monday at noon.
Toledo 5, Yamhill-Carlton 1
YAMHILL – A three-run sixth inning doomed the Class 4A Tigers in a nonleague loss to the Class 2A Boomers on Tuesday night.
“They threw three different guys who all threw a ton of strikes,” Yamhill-Carlton coach Brent Brunner said. “I was very impressed. We played pretty well. This was a good Toledo team.”
Braden Martin played Tanner Myrick with an RBI double in the second inning for the Tigers’ (0-1) only run of the game. Branden Bernards went 1-for-4 with a double.
Y-C hosts Sweet Home today at 4:30 p.m., then plays at the Madras Tournament beginning Wednesday.
Taft 10, Willamina 0 (5)
LINCOLN CITY – The Class 3A Bulldogs fell to the Class 4A Tigers in Monday’s nonleague baseball contest.
Harrisburg 10, Sheridan 6
HARRISBURG – The Spartans lost a 6-4 lead and eventually the game to the Eagles in Monday’s Class 3A nonleague contest.
Boone Meyer went 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI for Sheridan, while Jordan McKnight went 2-for-4.