Canby baseball opens with offensive explosion, then splits pair of hard-fought games with West Linn

Two games into its compressed baseball season, the Canby High baseball team recorded a pair of wins.

The Cougars opened things with an offensive explosion Monday night, putting a 21-3 beating on Roosevelt.

The Cougars got plenty of offensive contributions and its two pitchers were up to the task.

"Alex Evans pitched well in his four innings, as did Jason Noffsinger in his one inning," coach J.J. Stolsig said. "At the plate, Christian Pottratz had a triple and 4 RBIs. Defensively we were solid.

FILE PHOTO - Canby's baseball season got off to a 2-0 start with wins over Roosevelt and West Linn Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

Wednesday night the Cougars got past West Linn by a 3-2 count.

Joey Gartrell had a good outing on the mount, pitching five innings and allowing only one run, three hits and recording nine strikeouts. Pottratz came in and finished the final two innings to record the save.

Canby took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, second and third innings. Kellan Oakes capped the fun in the third with a line drive base hit to right field to score Zack Markell for what would prove the winning margin.

"Clayton Langdale hit a double and Kellan Oakes had some good at bats for the team," Stolsig said. "Overall, we played well."

West Linn 3, Canby 1

The Cougars dropped a 3-1 decision to West Linn on Friday night - Senior Night for six Canby players and their families.

Those seniors are: Christian Pottratz, Vann Bittenbender, Joey Gartrell, Kaden Sandner, Zack Markell, and Rylan Wymer.

Canby struggled at the plate against West Linn pitching, though Bittenbender managed a 2-for-3 outing with a double and RBI. "He had both our hits," Stolsig said. Kellen Oakes went three innings on the mount, giving up one earned run while striking out five. Jason Noffsinger "pitched well, throwing four innings and giving up zero runs while striking out eight," Stolsig said.

The Cougars are 2-1 overall, 1-1 in league play.

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