Hyder Family Dental makes strides
By DEVIN STAEBLER
Of the News-Register
Hyder Family Dental has found its groove.
“Each game we are doing something a little better,” says Hyder head coach Jordan Harlow.
The Hyder Family Dental baseball team currently finds itself with a 5-2 record and a three-game winning streak, and the players are reaping the benefits.
“We have young guys out here that are gaining varsity experience,” said Harlow, “which is only going to help us out in the long run.”
On Wednesday night, Hyder Family Dental went on the road to Lake Oswego and defeated Lakeridge, 8-3.
Riley McAnally started on the mound and went six innings with three earned runs, eight hits and six strikeouts. Adrian Uscanga came on to close in the seventh; he tallied one strikeout and one walk.
Geovanni Esparza shined offensively for Hyder Family Dental, going 2-for-4 at the plate with one run scored. Uscanga also chipped in at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. Jesse Ehrhart went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
The first and fourth innings proved to be the most fruitful on offense for the Grizzlies, as they scored four runs in each frame.
The win over the Pacers followed up a doubleheader sweep of Aloha Monday at the McMinnville baseball field at Patton Middle School.
Hyder Family Dental scored three runs in the first inning and seven runs in the third inning en route to an 11-8 victory over the Warriors in the first game.
Lane Hessel, Uscanga, Kadin Wilson and Wyatt Smith had two hits each for the Grizzlies. Esparza drove in two runs.
Hyder starting pitcher Garrett Scales went 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs, in earning the victory. Scales struck out seven Aloha batters.
Patience at the plate was key for Hyder Family Dental’s offense. The batters forced Aloha pitchers to throw numerous pitches, by not swinging at the first strike they saw and working deep into the count. This strategy usually resulted in a walk or a base hit.
The second game took eight innings to complete, but the Grizzlies walked off with a 10-9 victory. An RBI single in the bottom of the eighth decided the game. Esparza earned the win on the mound, pitching two innings in relief.
The second game marked the return of David Brosius from the “injured reserve” – the rising senior sat out the first five games due to arm soreness – to the starting lineup. In his second at-bat of the game, Brosius hit a line drive to right field that resulted in an RBI triple.
The second inning was all offense for Hyder Family Dental. In addition to Brosius, Kyle Casey hit an RBI double. Jacob Fong and Lane Hessel each hit an RBI single in the inning.
Hyder Family Dental hosts Newberg today at the McMinnville baseball stadium at 6 p.m. The Grizzlies host Glencoe for a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game beginning at 5 p.m.