High school round-up — NHS baseball team struggling to find consistency with a youthful roster

Newberg had its chances in a pair of games to Century last week, but as is often the case with young teams, mental errors proved costly in 1-0 and 10-4 setbacks.

The Tigers certainly struggled to get timely hits in a 1-0 home loss to the Jaguars April 23, stranding eight runners in scoring position.

On top of that, Newberg committed a base running error at third base in the sixth that kept head coach Steve Mayfield’s team off the board. by: SETH GORDON - See it in - Junior Tyler Landou fields a ground ball at third base during Newberg's 1-0 home loss to Century April 16.

“It was probably the best pitching and defensive game we’ve played,” Mayfield said. “Offensively we struggled to execute. We couldn’t get bunts down, we had some base running errors and just didn’t get the job done when we had the opportunity.”

Austin Fletcher threw a solid five innings in the game and was helped out by some stellar defensive play from right fielder Kody Renne.

“You can watch a game at the varsity level and watch guys dive for baseballs and make a great catch,” Mayfield said. “Kody Renne in that game had three diving catches, one of them with the bases loaded toward the fence over his head for the third out of the inning.”

The two teams squared off at Hops Stadium in Hillsboro Friday and the Tigers came out swinging, putting up two runs in the top of the first, but the Jaguars answered with two of its own in the bottom half of the frame.

“We kind of battled that way for five innings and were tied 4-4 going into the sixth,” Mayfield said. “We didn’t score on the opportunity we had in the sixth and then the wheels kind of fell off after that, giving up a six-spot in the bottom of the sixth.”

Boys rugby

Newberg 27, Canby 5 — The Tigers scored the first 27 points of the game before the Cougars broke through late. Ian Halstead, Jacob Hooker, Alex Cisneros, Avery Nielsen and Brad Tucker all scored tries for Newberg (3-3), which moved into a tie for fourth place with Lakeridge at 16 points. The Tigers will host defending state champion Reynolds at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Renne Field.

Girls Rugby

Grant 35, Newberg 0 — Due to injuries and absences, the Tigers had just 10 players and were forced to forfeit. Newberg expects to field a squad Saturday versus Battle Ground at Renne Field. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.

Track & field

Southwest Christian Invitational — The St. Paul girls scored 97.5 points to finish second behind 5A Sherwood, while the boys were fifth with 62.33. Remy Brentano was second in the 200 (29.19), third in the 100 (14.29) and the long jump (14-1) and ran a leg on the winning 4 x 100 relay team (54.66). Carolina Ruvalcaba added a win in the pole vault (7-0), as did Emma Coleman in the shot put (34-8).

For the boys, David Elias placed fourth in the 1,500 (4:42.35). Austin Burleson tied for second in the high jump (5-0), took fourth in the discus (106-9) and was fifth in the triple jump (31-5). Zach Adams added a fourth-place showing in the shot put (40-01) and the 4 x 100 relay team finished runner up (48.35).

Banks Invitational — Austin Friedrich had the top finish for the C.S. Lewis Academy boys, placing fifth in the high jump (5-4). In the girls meet, Lana Friedrich was fifth (13:00.31) and Katelyn Reimer fifth (13:18.71) in the 3,000.

Boys tennis

Newberg 7, Hillsboro 1 — Barry Vernon won his first match at No. 1 single and the Tigers lost just one game in four doubles matches.

Newberg 7, McMinnville 1 — Vernon, Micah Stoltzfus, Braden Millry and Josh Ice all won in singles for the Tigers.

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