Canby baseball picks up first league win over Lakeridge
Canby—It had been a four weeks since the Cougar's last W against Liberty. Coming into Wednesday's contest against league foe Lakeridge, Canby earned its first league win of the season. In a hot first inning, the Cougar's scored seven runs and coasted on strong defensive plays to end on top 7-0.
With the win, Canby snapped a nine game losing streak and improved to 5-11 overall, and 1-6 in the Three Rivers League. Lakeridge fell to 4-12 overall, 2-5 in league play.
"We're feeling good," Canby head coach JJ Stolsig said. "We've been really close, we just haven't been able to get over the hump. Today we got over the hump a little bit, we had guys who were feeling good. We played good baseball, we just haven't been swinging the bat really well. My hope is that is going to come."
In the first inning, Canby came out guns blazing. The team picked up seven runs in the first, after several strong performances from its players.
Senior Alec Hopkins got things started with a big triple hit into center field, and was followed up by fellow senior Nick Ramos who was walked at bat. The scoring began when senior Wyatt McGraw singled on a bunt and got Hopkins to home. After sophomore Cayden Delozier hit a sacrifice single, Ramos had advanced to third base. Three walks later, Ramos and Delozier made it across home plate and the score was 3-0.
"Coach says if you get one person, the first person, on, 90 percent of the time he'll score," Hopkins said. "So I think that the big triple boosted our confidence a little bit. Then Nick gets on, Wyatt lays down a bunt that scores me, and the energy that we had and the confidence after that first inning, we carried it through and let us have a huge inning."
The runs kept coming. Senior Jake Johnston hit a line drive single into left field that got senior Jack Bigej and junior Brian Moore around the bases. Hopkins returned to bat, and hit a double into right field. Junior Sean Wiese and Johnston made it home, and Canby led the visiting team 7-0. A flyout from Ramos ended the fruitful inning.
Over the course of the next several innings, Canby would struggle to get the same level of offensive output going. In the fifth inning, Delozier got a hit and made it to first base, but was called out for interference. Shortly after Canby got hit with its third out and moved on scoreless in yet another inning.
Defensively though, Canby was solid from the start. Wiese struck out nine batters, and only gave up two hits the entirety of the game. Of Wiese's 95 pitches, 66 were strikes.
"I'm feeling pretty good, and my arm feels good," Wiese said. "I'm really happy I had guys behind me that made the plays. Especially Alec who came over here, diving. Jake Johnston out in right making a couple of good catches. That was really a confidence booster having those guys behind me making plays."
The most spectacular defensive play of the game came late in the seventh inning. Senior Alec Hopkins who sprinted into out into left field and made a diving catch after Lakeridge sophomore connected on a Wiese pitch.
"I know whenever it's behind the third baseman, that's my cue to go and help him out," Hopkins said. "It's never a for sure that it will end up in your mitt because it can hit the base, and hit the side, but I tried to sprint and give it all I had and luckily I was able to make the play and help us out."
Canby followed up its shutout of the Pacers with an equally impressive win over 13-4 Lakeridge on the road. The Cougars square off with the Tigard Tigers (11-6 overall, 4-4 in Three Rivers League play) on Tuesday, April 24 after the Herald goes to print.