By NR Staff • 

Oregon Mainline Paving splits two with Crescent Valley

The Raiders scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning, and McMinnville could only get on across in the top of the fifth.

“We left a lot of guys on base and just couldn’t get them in,” Oregon Mainline Paving coach Darren Bland said.

“It just came down to one bad inning.”

The Raiders strung together two singles and a walk to load the bases, and then a single to right field scored two runs. Crescent Valley scored one more run on a fielder’s choice.

Jacob Bannister scored McMinnville’s only run in the game after leading off the fifth inning with a single to left field. He then stole second base and advanced to third base on a ground ball. Bannister scored on a passed ball.

Bannister was 2-for-3 for OMP. Ryan Dix, Gage Gubrud and Cameron Fox all had one hit.

Gubrud took the loss for OMP. He threw six innings and allowed three hits and three runs.

McMinnville responded in game two, holding the Raiders to two hits in the shutout. Mac scored six runs in the top of the second inning and added two runs each in the third and fourth innings. Fox was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Gubrud, David Brosius and Adrian Uscanga also had two hits each. Gubrud had a double, and Uscanga scored two runs. Drew Spence and Kyler Dickey each had a hit.

Brosius started the game on the mound for OMP. He threw three innings and didn’t give up a hit. He struck out seven and walked three batters. Travis Allen pitched one inning in relief and gave up two hits, and Drew Spence threw the fifth inning. He walked three batters but didn’t give up a run.

Oregon Mainline Paving plays at 11:30 a.m. today vs. Liberty in the opening game of the Nero Wood Bat Tournament. The four-day, 16-team tournament is at Hillsboro, Liberty and Century High Schools, and OMP is guaranteed to play six games from today to Monday. Mac plays again at 4:30 p.m. today vs. North Delta Seniors, a team from Canada. Mac is then scheduled to play at 3 p.m. Saturday vs. Lakeside, an American Legion team from Washington.

Bland said he thought it was a good opportunity for his players to work on some other skills. Using wood bats elevates the importance of small ball tactics, he said.

“Little things like bunting and base running become more important,” Bland said.

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