Wilsonville breezes by Parkrose
Wilsonville—It was a foregone conclusion that Wilsonville was going to blow Parkrose out of the water. On paper, Wilsonville was the league's number two team and came into the matchup with the Broncos riding a five game winning streak. Conversely, Parkrose was in the midst of a 14 game skid, and had only won a single game all the way back on March 23. The game ended up playing out exactly as expected. Wilsonville blew out the Broncos 16-0, with 13 runs coming in an explosive first inning on Tuesday, May 1.
"For my kids, this is really a positive for them," Wilsonville head coach Bryn Card said after the game. "My backups got a lot of at bats, guys that normally don't get in the game got some extra innings, so it does help us out as well, especially for future years. I've got sophomores on varsity right now that just got five at bats a piece, and that's stuff that really does help down the road. They aren't nervous, they aren't worried about their varsity experience, and they've already been on the field. It can be a helpful thing."
Wilsonville got things started off strong from the mound in the top of the first inning. Senior starting pitcher Haldan Bjornson struck out Parkrose's first three batters in short order, no defense required.
"I was just trying to throw strikes," Bjornson said. "I felt pretty confident that the whole team would pick me up."
In the bottom of the first, everything that could have gone right for the Wildcats, did. The first four batters for Wilsonville each cracked doubles and got the previous runners around the bases. Fielding errors from the Parkrose defense did not help the visiting team's case. Senior Adam Stevens, senior Austin Tacla, junior Trevor Antonson, and Bjornson all made it back to home plate courtesy of double hits or fielding errors.
Senior Manav Raghubansh delivered a sacrifice hit right to the mound to advance senior Ben VavRosky to third base. Junior Nolan Thebiay hit another double to bring in VavRosky, and would himself be brought in by sophomore Keegan Shivers on his own double. Senior Andrew Gay kept the trend going, and the team returned to the top of the order when Stevens hit a single to bring Gay in for the yet another run.
Tacla got a single in his second at bat, and senior Scott McAvoy was walked in his first at bat. With three runners now on base, Bjornson hit a shot into center field and advanced Stevens home. With bases still loaded, sophomore Cole Kleckner hit a single that brought in Tacla. Raghubansh was hit in his second at bat, and McAvoy was brought home. Thebiay got ahold of the fifth pitch he saw, and the Wildcat offense took advantage of yet another fielding error; Bjornson picked up another run for his team.
After all of that, Parkrose had still only managed to snag one out. Shivers hit a flyout into center field, and that made two. In his next at bat, Gay hit a ball into center field, and was able to get another RBI for getting Kleckner home. Parkrose finally forced a third out, and the first inning was over. All told, the inning brought 13 runs for the home team.
"The kids have a good approach, and we're going to keep preaching the same approach," Card said. "We've had a good approach the entire season, and we're making sure we understand different situations, the way it changes, and still being able to keep that at the plate."
Wilsonville was flawless defensively. The team gave up no runs over the course of five innings, and Bjornson struck out seven batters in three innings.
In the fourth inning, Wilsonville picked up three more runs. McAvoy, Bjornson, and Kleckner were the scoring runners, and after shutting out the Broncos in the top of the fifth inning, the game was done, 16-0 in favor of the Wildcats.
Wilsonville walloped the Broncos again on the road on Wednesday, May 2, this time winning 19-0. With the win, Wilsonville moves to 16-6 overall, and 11-2 in league play. The Wildcats are scheduled to square off with fellow number two in the NWOC, Hillsboro (11-11 overall) on Friday, May 4.