Oregon Mainline Paving wins another thriller
OREGON CITY — For the second straight day, Oregon Mainline Paving had to come from behind and win in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday at the OIBA state tournament in Oregon City. This time, McMinnville beat Beaverton 5-3 to advance in the winner’s bracket and improve to 2-0.
McMinnville plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday vs. the winner of Clackamas and Southridge. Scores aren’t posted online, so the winner wasn’t available Wednesday night.
Facing a 4-2 hole in the bottom of the fourth inning, Oregon Mainline Paving scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game, then got the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh in walk-off fashion.
With one out, Adrian Uscanga roped a double into left field. Mac’s next batter, Kade Mechals, singled to center field, and it appeared as if Uscanga might score. As Uscanga rounded third base, though, he tripped and slid into the grass. He made it back to the bag, but McMinnville’s chance of ending the game there was thwarted. Travis Allen, pinch-hitting for Sam Swenson, was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Gage Gubrud. Gubrud lifted a pitch into center field that was deep enough for Uscanga to tag up and score easily.
David Brosius earned the win for OMP. He allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings pitched. He walked five and struck out six in what he even admitted wasn’t his best performance of the summer. In the end, it was just good enough, though. Brosius walked the lead runner in the top of the seventh inning but then got a ground ball to second base that turned into a double play to end the threat.
Uscanga was 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI and a run scored.
Beaverton scored one run in the top of the first inning and added three more in the top of the fourth inning.
McMinnville won Tuesday in the first round of the tournament vs. Barlow on a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh inning.
If OMP wins Thursday, it will play at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Oregon City. If it loses Thursday, it will play at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning at Oregon City in an elimination game. If Mac is thrown into the loser’s bracket, then it would face two-must win games Friday to advance to the semifinals.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Barlow’s catcher overthrew first base, allowing Jacob Bannister to scoring the winning run and sending OMP into the winner’s bracket. McMinnville plays at 2 p.m. Wednesday vs. Beaverton at Oregon City High School.
Pitcher Gage Gubrud threw six strong innings for OMP but received the no decision. Gubrud allowed three runs on seven hits. He walked four batters but struck out 11.
Barlow scored one run in the top of the first inning, but OMP tied in the bottom of the second inning. Sam Swenson reached on after getting hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a ground out by Gubrud, then Garrett Adams doubled to score Swenson.
The Bruins again took the lead, scoring twice in the top of the third. Mac again responded, loading the bases. Adrian Uscanga hit a sacrifice fly to center field, then Swenson singled to tie the game at three.
Gubrud was at 104 pitches after six innings, OMP coach Darren Bland said, so he brought in Riley McAnally in relief. McAnally allowed one hit but retired the side without further damage. In the bottom of the seventh, Bannister singled, then Zach Rhoads bunted him over to second base. David Brosius was intentionally walked, and Bannister stole third base. After Cameron Fox struck out, Brosius stole second, and Uscanga was intentionally walked.
Kade Mecals stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He drew a 2-1 count, and Barlow’s catcher tried to pickoff Uscanga at first base. The ball skipped past the first baseman, allowing Bannister to score from third.
OMP plays Beaverton at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Beavers defeated Tualatin 3-2 in eight innings Tuesday to advance. If OMP wins, it plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. If it loses, it will play at 9 a.m. Thursday in Tigard.
Bland said losing tomorrow would mean that OMP would then have to play two games Thursday if it wasn’t eliminated in the morning game.
Oregon Mainline Paving lost its three-game seeding series last week vs. Clackamas and now begins the OIBA state tournament today as a No. 2 seed.
McMinnville (27-14) was swept by the Cavaliers and plays at 11:30 a.m. today vs. Barlow in the first round at Oregon City High School.
Oregon Mainline Paving lost 5-0 in game one of the series Thursday at Patton, then lost 5-2 and 5-2 in a doubleheader Friday at Clackamas. McMinnville coach Darren Bland said last week he wanted his players to face Clackamas’ best pitchers, and they did.
“They threw some good pitching against us, which was good for us to see going into the tournament,” Bland said. “Of course the negative is that we only scored four runs in three games. We’d like to see them do more with that.”
In the opening game Thursday, OMP managed one hit vs. Clackamas, by David Brosius in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gage Gubrud took the loss for Mac. He threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked three. Kade Mechals pitched 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on one hit.
In the second game of the series Friday at Clackamas, OMP trailed 3-1 going into the fifth inning. Mac had four singles in a row to score one run to cut the lead, but Cameron Fox grounded into a double play that ended Mac’s rally. The Cavaliers added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Zach Rhoads, Adrian Uscanga and Brosius all had two hits, and Rhoads scored a run. Sam Swenson, Jacob Bannister and Travis Allen each had one hit. Brosius pitched all six innings for OMP. He allowed five runs on five hits and walked four batters.
Mac outhit Clackamas nine to five.
With the series win already secured, Clackamas shut the door on OMP and completed the sweep. Mac scored one run in the top of the first inning, but the Cavaliers scored three in the first and one more in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Swenson was 1-for-1 with two RBIs for OMP. Bannister and Allen each were 1-for-4 with a run scored. Drew Spence, Kyler Dickey, Lane Hessel and Cameron Fox each had a hit as well.
Mac threw four pitchers in game three. Mechals started and pitched one inning. He allowed three runs on three hits. Spence pitched three innings in relief. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out three batters. Allen pitched the fifth inning and also allowed one run on three hits.
Mainline Paving now nears the end of its season. The OIBA state tournament is double-elimination. If Mac wins today vs. Barlow, it plays at 2 p.m. Wednesday vs. the winner of Beaverton-Tualatin. If it loses, it plays at 9 a.m. Wednesday vs. the loser of that matchup in an elimination game. Both games are scheduled for Oregon City.