Oregon City Black Sox assistant coach Mike Lord says he is pleased with the progress made by his high school baseball players this summer. The Pioneers sported an overall record of 20-14-1 heading into this week’s OIBA State Tournament.

“All 34 of our kids this summer made a commitment to get better, and they have all made great personal strikes towards doing that,” said Lord. “I’m really proud of them for their effort.”

Lord says he’s been especially impressed with the efforts of senior outfielder/pitcher Austin Johnson, senior second baseman Kevin McDonald, junior centerfielder Cory Lay, junior infielder/designated hitter Jacob Marquez and sophomore first baseman Justin Wood.

Lay is the Sox top hitter on the summer, with 29 hits in 88 at bats, for a .330 batting average. He also leads the team with 15 stolen bases.

Johnson and Lay are the leaders in runs scored, each with 18. Johnson also has a team-high 15 RBI.

Dillon Hord, a sophomore left-hander, has a team-best 0.64 ERA, with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings.

Junior left-hander Tanner Pease sports a 1.20 ERA, with only 10 walks in 23-1/3 innings.

Johnson has a 1.50 ERA, with 56 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed in 48 innings.

Sophomore lefty Derek Eubanks has 23 strikeouts in 32-1/3 innings; junior right-hander Sean Flynn has 20 strikeouts in 36-1/3 innings.

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