Grizzlies use big inning to beat HilHi
Hillsboro won 10-4 April 16 in the first game of the three-game series after the Spartans scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Friday, it was Mac’s chance to return the favor. The Spartans scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of David Brosius but were held scoreless over the final six innings. Brosius went 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six. Nick Springer pitched in relief and allowed two hits and no runs.
The Grizzlies started their comeback in the top of the seventh with a leadoff single by Cameron Fox. Springer reached on an error by the shortstop, and quickly Mac had runners on first and second with no outs. Kurtis Cooper then bunted to the pitcher and beat out the throw to first, loading the bases for Jacob Bannister.
Bannister drew a walk to score Mac’s first run of the game, cutting the HilHi lead to 2-1. Springer scored to tie the game on a ground out, and Adrian Uscanga walked to load the bases yet again. Blake Egli hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Cooper, and Gage Gubrud followed with a two-RBI double to right field to give Mac the 4-2 lead.
The McMinnville track team competed Friday and Saturday in Eugene at the Oregon Relays. Mac’s highest finish came from sprinter Kane Kennedy in the 400-meter dash. Kennedy finished second in 49.03 seconds, lowering his personal best by 0.43 aWhitney Rich was Mac’s highest girls finisher with her fourth-place time of 10:49.48 in the 3,000 meters.
The boys 4x400-meter relay finished sixth in 3:29.56, and Tim Tatton was sixth in both the hammer and the discus.
Spencer Payne was seventh in the boys 100 final in 11.07, which was sixth best all time in Mac history.
Bethany Mohler was seventh in the javelin, throwing just over 122 feet.
The McMinnville boys tennis team strengthened its hold on second place in the Pacific Conference with a 7-1 win Thursday at Tigard.
Mac’s No. 1 doubles team of Brendon Walters and Nicky Domenichini, playing in the top spot for just the second time this season, upset the No. 3 doubles team in the league in three sets, winning 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-4. Adam Kiff and Will Worth won at No. 2 doubles, and Austin Wiley and George Zakaib won in two sets at No. 4 doubles.
In singles, Nathan Johnson won in straight sets at No. 1, Reza Refaei won at No. 2 singles, Cody Thomas continued to roll winning at No. 3 in straight sets, and Bradyn Stowe also won in straight sets at No. 4. Mac’s only loss was at No. 3 doubles.
The Grizzlies play at 4 p.m. today at home vs. Hillsboro.