By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Mac offensive outburst is progress

Oregon Mainline Paving swept visiting Lincoln 9-1 and 12-2 Wednesday at Patton Middle School, improving its summer record to 11-4 through the first 15 games of the season.

“We’re playing pretty well right now,” OMP coach Darren Bland said.

McMinnville still has a lot of baseball ahead this summer, but Bland said a few big positives have already emerged from the summer season. A big one is his team’s offense, which struggled to score in the spring. Through 15 games this summer, OMP is averaging nearly six runs a game. In its last four games, OMP has scored 10, 13, 9 and 12 runs.

“It’s getting to the point, we’re becoming more like some of those elite offenses in that some of them hit all the time and some really take advantage of walks and errors,” Bland said. “When we start rolling, we roll, which is good because during the spring (teams would) make an error and we’d be thinking, ‘good, we can get one.’

“Now we’re putting up sixes, twos and threes.”

Wednesday, OMP had a couple of big innings. In its 9-1 win in game won, Mac scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning and added two in the bottom of the third. In game two, Mac turned a 1-1 tie into a rout after scoring 11 runs in the last three innings.

McMinnville received two solid pitching performances from starters David Brosius and Drew Spence, and they were backed up with big offensive outings. Brosius pitched six innings in game one and allowed two hits and one run (unearned). He walked one and struck out six Cardinals. From the plate, nine different OMP batters had hits, led by Zach Rhoads, who had three RBIs. Gage Gubrud had two RBIs.

In the second game, the Grizzlies racked up 17 hits. Riley McAnally and Kyler Dickey each had three hits, and Jacob Bannister, Ryan Dix and Travis Allen each had two hits. Dickey had four RBIs and a double.

Spence earned the win in game two for OMP after holding the Cardinals hitless for the first four innings of the game. He gave up one run in the top of the second on a wild pitch and one more in the top of the fifth. Allen pitched the final two innings and didn’t allow a hit.

Oregon Mainline Paving defeated Lakeridge 13-9 in 11 innings despite committing five errors. On Saturday, OMP split a doubleheader at Wilsonville and also split with Jesuit on June 14. Bland said it was good to split with Jesuit after the recent struggles McMinnville athletics has had vs. the Crusaders.

Bland said the weird thing is OMP has struggled in the first game of doubleheaders. Until their sweep Wednesday, OMP was 3-4 in game ones and hadn’t won one in a couple of weeks.

“I have no idea,” Bland said. “I cannot explain that.”

Mac was scheduled to play a doubleheader Thursday at Patton vs. Columbia River and then Monday heads to Crescent Valley for a doubleheader. Mac wraps up June with the Nero wood bat tournament June 28-30.

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