Mac blanked at Roseburg, plays three games again this week
Calvin Lane started pitching for the Grizzlies. Lane allowed seven runs on five hits in one inning of work before being relieved by Blake Egli, who pitched two innings and allowed three runs (none earned).
Christian Radke pitched the final two innings of the game and allowed one run on one hit. Only four of Roseburg’s 11 runs were earned.
Roseburg put pressure on the Grizzlies right from the start, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning and three each in the bottom of the second and bottom of the third innings.
“They can flat out hit,” McMinnville coach Darren Bland said.
Roseburg had nine hits to Mac’s four. Garrett Adams, Nick Springer, Radke and Egli all had one hit.
Roseburg tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning. After the Grizzlies didn’t score in the top of the sixth inning, the game was called.
Bland said the game felt like big game even though it was just the third game of the regular season for the Grizzlies. He said his player also thought there was an added weight to playing the Indians — a 6A semifinal team from 2012 — on the road.
“We talked about it after the game,” Bland said. “But that’s part of the reason why we play those games on the road. We want to put them in that position and feel that way. It was positive in that respect.
Bland said he still feels like players are getting good at bats, but Mac faced Roseburg’s No. 1 Friday. They hit the ball hard at times, he said.
“We flew out to the warning track,” Bland said. “We hit hard balls to the outfield. Not all bad. Not a lot of bad at bats. We only struck out once.”
The Grizzlies get right back at it this week. They play at 4:30 p.m. today at Wilsonville then play North Eugene at 5 p.m. Wednesday at home.
McMinnville has been outscored 19-4 through its first three games this season.