Mt. Hood suffer tough defeat to Linn-Benton
Baseball (Game Two)
GRESHAM — Mt. Hood lost both games of their doubleheader on Saturday against Linn-Benton. But it was their second defeat that stung the most.
The Saints had the winning run at third in the bottom of the seventh with nobody out, but couldn't find a way to bring him home. Linn-Benton eventually scored he go-ahead run in the top of the eighth to come away with the 3-2 victory in eight innings.
"It's harder not to score a run in that situation then it is to score a run," Mt. Hood head coach Bryan Donahue said. "It's a sign that we're just not there yet. It has nothing to do with a lack of energy or will. This team is a great cohesive unit. It's just that the execution hasn't been there."
The main bright spot for the Saints was the pitching performance from Hunter Bruno. In his first outing after missing a couple weeks due to an oblique injury, the sophomore righty gave up just three hits and two earned runs in eight innings of work.
Even though it ended in defeat, Bruno was still pleased with his performance and happy to be back out on the mound.
"There was a lot of little things that I could have done better, but all-in-all I felt pretty good out there," Bruno said. "I felt like I was pounding the zone and getting a lot of ground balls."
Mt. Hood got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Trace Hokkanen reached on an error by the Linn-Benton second baseman, which allowed Matt Land to score from first. But Brian Rice flew out to right field to end the inning, leaving two Saints baserunners stranded.
This would end up being a common theme as Mt. Hood left 10 runners of base over the course of the game — seven of them were in scoring position.
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