Mainline Paving clinches state spot vs. Tigers
“That was an important one,” McMinnville coach Darren Bland said.
David Brosius pitched four innings and allowed two runs and two hits. He also had seven strikeouts in his first appearance in more than a week. From the plate, Brosius was 1-for-1 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Oregon Mainline Paving (26-10) went 2-2 in its home tournament and plays a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today at home vs. Southridge in its final regular season games of the season. Then OMP opens the postseason with a three-game series vs. Clackamas. McMinnville and the Cavaliers will play a single game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in McMinnville, followed by a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Friday in Clackamas. Both teams are already in the state tournament but will play for seeding purposes.
“The whole idea is just to play games and improve,” Bland said, explaining the OIBA’s reasoning for having the teams that are already in playing another series.
Against Newberg, 15 players got into the game for OMP. Along with the 14 walks, Newberg pitchers hit three batter. Mac scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning to chase Newberg’s starting pitcher, then followed that with four more in the second inning and seven in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game was stopped after the top of the fifth inning.
Kade Mechals was 2-for-2 with four RBIs vs. Newberg.
Mac played the second game of its tournament Friday evening vs. Reynolds and lost 9-8. Mac led 4-0 going to the fifth inning, but Reynolds tied the game. Mac took a 5-4 after adding one run in the bottom of the fifth, but Reynolds again responded, this time with five runs in the sixth inning. Mac tried to come back, scoring three in the bottom of the sixth inning, but OMP couldn’t tie the game in its half of the seventh inning.
“The disappointing thing is we had a lead vs. Reynolds that we didn’t hold,” Bland said. “That’s one we wanted to get.”
Mechals pitched five innings. He allowed six hits and four runs. He also had five strikeouts.
Zach Rhoads went 3-for-4 vs. Reynolds with two RBIs, and Mechals had two more hits. Mac had 12 hits.
Oregon Mainline Paving came back Saturday to defeat West Linn 6-3, earning a spot in the third-place game vs. Sherwood on Sunday. Mac scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, followed by one run in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Lions scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning off starter Gage Gubrud, but he finished them out. Gubrud pitched the complete game, going seven innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out 13 batters.
“You have to respond to losses,” Bland said, “and they did a good job of that.”
Sunday, OMP lost 5-1 vs. Sherwood, and its hot bats were silenced. Mac managed three hits vs. the Bowmen, scoring one run in the bottom of the third inning. Adrian Uscanga, Jacob Bannister and Rhoads each had a hit.
After today’s doubleheader vs. Southridge, OMP turns its focus to Clackamas. The Cavaliers played in the 6A title game this spring, but Bland said he didn’t know how many of those players were competing for the summer team. His focus, he said, was on winning two of the three games and improving Mac’s seeding.
“We can kind of steal their seed,” he said. “As a No. 2 it’s kind of a no-lose situation.”
But Bland also wants his players to face Clackamas’ best. He said he wants to see its top three starters.
“Those are the kind of pitchers we need to see to prepare us for next spring,” he said.