Mixed results for Mac baseball and softball over break
The Grizzlies (4-5) had won two games in a row heading into their game Monday vs. Beaverton, and they extended their streak to three wins with a 7-5 victory.
“That was a good showing for us,” McMinnville coach Darren Bland said.
McMinnville scored five runs in the top of the third inning to take a 5-3 lead. It added another run in the fourth inning scored on insurance run in the top of the fifth after the Beavers scored two in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the gap.
Adrian Uscanga, Gage Gubrud, Blake Egli and Jacob Bannister all had two hits. Nick Springer was 1-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.
Gubrud pitched fiving innings. He allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and also struck out 10 batters to earn the win.
Tuesday, McMinnville lost 11-1 to Sprague (7-2). The Olympians scored two runs in the top of the first followed by four in the second, four in the third and one in the top of the fourth. Bland liberally used his bench, getting 17 batters to the plate, but Mac managed four hits. Ryan Dix was 1-for-1 and scored a run for the Grizzlies.
David Brosius started the game for the Grizzlies. He allowed six runs (four earned) in 1 1/3 innings, but he only gave up two hits. Calvin Lane, Trinedad Ovalle, Travis Allen and Drew Spence all pitched as well for Mac.
The Grizzlies finished their tournament with a nine-inning 4-3 loss to Clackamas (8-0). Mac trailed 3-0 going into the top of the seventh inning but managed to get three runs to tie the game. After a scoreless eighth inning and top of the ninth, Clackamas led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple off of Egli. Egli had pitched five scoreless innings and struck out the next batter to get one out but then gave up the game-winning hit.
Garret Adams was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Mac.
The Grizzlies star their Pacific Conference schedule at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Newberg.
While the baseball team was in Tigard, the McMinnville softball team (3-5) participated in the North Clackamas Spring Break Challenge.
Monday, Mac lost 10-0 vs. Beaverton. Makayla Khatewoda had two hits in the game, and Kristin King, Samantha Hensley and Allison Ulbricht each had one hit.
Hensley started the game pitching for Mac. She pitched one inning and allowed six runs — including a grand slam. Kamrie Hoggard pitched the final four innings and gave four runs.
The Grizzlies lost an afternoon game Monday vs. Centennial 3-2. Hoggard pitched all seven innings and allowed one run in the second inning and two in the fifth. Mac scored two runs in the third inning.
Khatewoda had another hit.
Mac bounced back Tuesday with a 16-3 win vs. Milwaukie. Khatewoda added to her tournament hit total with three more, and Layne Pendleton also had three hits.
Mac jumped on the Mustangs for eight runs in the first inning and scored three in the third inning and four more in the top of the fourth inning. Mackenzie Davis hit a two-run home run in the third.
In the final game of the two-day event, the Grizzlies dropped an eight-inning thriller 7-4 to Pendleton. The Buckaroos scored three runs in the top of the third inning, but Mac got one back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Pendleton scored one more in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead. The Grizzlies scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game.
Pendleton scored three runs in the top of the eighth — two on a home run — to win the game.
Khatewoda and Pendleton each had a hit. Hensley and Josie Smith both had two hits.
The Grizzlies play at 5 p.m. Tuesday vs. Aloha.