McMinnville finishes wood bat tourney
McMinnville started the tournament with a 6-1 win June 28 vs. Liberty. Oregon Mainline Paving scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to break the game open, and added two more in the top of the fifth. David Brosius and Adrian Uscanga both had two hits for Mac. Brosius earned the win for OMP, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits. Brosius struck out 11 batters.
In Mac’s second game June 28, OMP lost 6-1 to North Delta Seniors, a team from Canada. Mac scored one run in the top of the first inning and that was it. It managed one hit in the seven-inning game. Brosius was 1-for-3 for OMP. Garrett Scales took the loss. He threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. He also walked five batters.
Mac finished pool play with a 2-1 loss to Lakeside. Mac tied the game at one in the top of the fourth inning, but Lakeside scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth and held on to win. OMP out hit Lakeside 8-1, but couldn’t get more than one base runner across. Lane Hessel had two hits to lead Mac.
Sunday, OMP took advantage of its hits advantage, scoring an 8-1 win in the first round of tournament play vs. Pacific Conference opponent Century. Mac scored three runs in the top of the second inning and followed that up with four runs in the fifth and another one in the top of the seventh. Century scored its one run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Zach Rhoads and Kade Mechals both had three hits in the game, and Cameron Fox was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Mac used five pitchers in the game. Riley McAnally started, going four innings. He allowed one hit and struck out 10 batters. Ryan Dix pitched one inning in relief, followed by Rhoads, who allowed one hit and one run. Fox and Kyler Dickey pitched the seventh inning.
McMinnville came back Sunday afternoon and won again, this time beating North Delta Juniors 8-4. Mac scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, added runs in the third and fifth and scored two more in the bottom of the sixth. Sam Swenson had three of Mac’s six hits. He was 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored.
Mechals pitched six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out seven batters and walked four.
Dix and Kyle Casey pitched the seventh inning.
Mainline Paving suffered its first defeat of the tournament rounds Monday, dropping another game to North Delta Seniors, this time 7-3. Mac scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning but committed four errors in the game. Brosius, Gage Gubrud, Swenson and Garret Adams all had one hit for OMP. Gubrud took the loss. He threw 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on four hits. Dickey pitched two thirds of an inning in relief and allowed two more runs. Roads, Uscanga and Hessel each pitched one inning in relief.
On the edge of elimination, Mac responded with a 12-9 win Tuesday vs. Newberg. The Tigers scored five runs in the last two innings to make it close, but Mac was able to stay just far enough ahead. Fox had a big day, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. He had a double and a triple. Gubrud also had two hits.
In the final game of the tournament for OMP, Mac was able to avenged two previous losses with a 14-10 win vs. North Delta Seniors. Trailing 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning, Mac scored six runs and added three more in the top of the seventh inning. It then had to survive a rally by North Delta in the bottom of the seventh where it scored four runs.
Mac was out hit 14-10. Brosius was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two walks and four runs scored. Swenson continued his hot hitting in the tournament with three more hits and an RBI. Dix picked up the win in relief, pitching the last three innings.
Mac was scheduled to play a doubleheader vs. Central Catholic at home Wednesday. It is then off until Monday, when it plays at Glencoe.