By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Mainline Paving splits with Skyhawks in finale

McMinnville, playing its fifth and sixth games in five days, lost the opener to the Skyhawks 7-2 but rebounded with an 11-3 rout in the finale.

Now McMinnville is in playoff mode. It was scheduled to open a three-game series for seeding purposes vs. Clackamas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at home. The two teams are both already in the 16-team OIBA state tournament but play a doubleheader at 3 p.m. today at Clackamas. The winner of the series will enter next week’s tournament at Tigard and Oregon City with a better seed.

The Cavaliers played in the 6A title game this spring, but Oregon Mainline Paving coach Darren Bland said Monday 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.”

Tuesday, OMP had two final games to get a tune-up in. Drew Spence started the game for OMP and threw three innings. He allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two batters and struck out three. Kyle Casey came on in relief in the fourth inning and threw three innings. Casey allowed four runs on four hits. He walked five batters. Adrian Uscanga pitched the seventh inning. He gave up one run on three hits.

McMinnville scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and then its second run in the bottom of the seventh inning. David Brosius was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Travis Allen also had two hits for OMP as well as an RBI.

Cameron Fox, Ryan Dix and Riley McAnally each had one hit.

In the second game, McMinnville responded with a big 11-3 win. Mainline Paving scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, followed by three more in the bottom of the third, four in the fifth inning and one more in the bottom of the sixth to cap it off. Garret Adams was 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Casey was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Nine different OMP players had hits in the second game. Travis Allen was 1-for-1 with a walk and two RBIs. Jacob Bannister was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Kyler Dickey was 1-for-2 with one RBI, two walks and two runs scored.

The games ended a successful regular season for OMP. Five batters finish with averages above .300, and Gage Gubrud is just under at .299. Mac didn’t hit for power, but it perfected its small-ball approach. In 38 games, OMP stole 101 bases, drew 187 walks and also had 41 sacrifice hits, bunts and flies. To top it all off, the lowest on-base percentage of the 17 players who played this summer for Mac was .328.

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