By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Mainline Paving win streak upped to six games

McMinnville (13-4) defeated Columbia River 4-2 and 5-3 at its home field at Patton Middle School, increasing its winning streak to six games.

Oregon Mainline Paving was scheduled to play a doubleheader on the road Monday at Crescent Valley. McMinnville swept Crescent Valley 2-0 and 9-4 in a home two-game series June 5.

Thursday vs. Columbia River, Oregon Mainline Paving scored three runs in the first three innings and added two more in the bottom of the sixth inning to hold on. In the bottom of the first inning, Zach Rhoads reached first base on an error by the shortstop. He was sacrificed to second base by Jacob Bannister and moved to third base on a groundout to shortstop by David Brosius. Cameron Fox then singled to score Rhoads.

In the bottom of the second, Riley McAnally walked with two outs and then stole second base. Adrian Uscanga singled to left field, scoring McAnally from second. In the bottom of the third inning, OMP also scored after a walk. Bannister walked to lead off the inning and then stole second base. He advanced to third base on a groundout to first base by Brosius and scored on an attempted squeeze bunt by Fox. Fox was safe at first base.

Mac scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on three straight hits with two outs. Uscanga singled to left field then stole second base. Rhoads followed that up with a double to left field, driving in Uscanga, and Bannister singled to centerfield to score Rhoads.

Mac led 5-0 going into the top of the seventh inning and weathered a three-run rally by Columbia River to win 5-3.

McAnally pitched six innings. He allowed two hits and three walks. He struck out eight and didn’t allow a run. Uscanga pitched a third of an inning and allowed all three runs. Kade Mechals closed out the game with two outs to earn the save.

Uscanga was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

In the second game, OMP broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. Mac tied the game at one in the bottom of the first inning after it loaded the bases with no outs. Mechals dropped down a bunt that scored Rhoads. In the bottom of the third inning, Uscanga led off with a single and stole second. Brosius singled to score Uscanga and tie the game at two.

Brosius had another RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rhoads walked to leadoff the game and stole second. Brosius singled to center field, scoring Rhoads. Fox then singled to center field to score Brosius.

Brosius was 3-for-3 in the second game with two RBIs and one run scored. Uscanga was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Rhoads was 0-for-1 with two runs scored, a hit-by-pitch and a walk.

Ryan Dix pitched the first three inning for OMP. He walked seven batters, struck out four, allowed one hit and gave up two runs. Garrett Scales pitched three innings in relief and didn’t give up a run on two hits. Mechals again came into the game in the seventh inning to earn the save. He struck out two batters.

Mac is scheduled to play five games over the weekend at the Nero Wood bat Tournament in Portland. Play starts at 11 a.m. Friday.

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