Putnam rolls over visiting Scappoose in summer baseball blowout, 12-1
The Putnam Kingsmen defeated the Scappoose Indians 12-1 in a run rule-shortened, six-inning game on a rainy Tuesday night at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie.
Despite pitchers and fielders battling the elements to grip the ball, Putnam pitchers Tanner Drog and Austin Hayes combined to two-hit their opponents.
Outside of the fourth inning, in which Scappoose managed its two hits and one run, Drog and Hayes were nearly unhittable.
Drog struck out four batters over his five innings, and Hayes struck out two of the three batters he faced in the sixth inning.
If this had been a spring game, the dominant Drog might have pitched past the fifth inning, but with this being summer ball, and more about development, Putnam head coach Chad McGowan went to Hayes in the sixth.
"(Drog) is a guy that probably could have kept going, but we're trying to get other guys on the hill," McGowan said. "That's the give and take right now, letting the guy roll for a while, but also making sure we get everybody else in."
It was also easier for McGowan to make the change knowing that his offense had been performing all day. The Kingsmen scored four runs in the second inning, one in the fourth, five in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Despite taking a big lead early, McGowan made sure his players stayed focused to avoid any chance of a Scappoose comeback.
"If you jump on a team early, sometimes you lose focus in the middle, but we kept putting up runs," McGowan said.
Putnam's position players "kept making plays, and the pitchers kept throwing strikes," he said.
Putnam's offense was aggressive on the basepaths to keep Scappoose on its toes. The Kingsmen stole three bases and forced numerous errors with hard base running.
"We have a handful of guys we let run, run, run, and we have other guys where we have to be a little bit more cautious," McGowan said. "The stopwatch has to tell me the right number."
Incoming junior first baseman Jayden Junta started the big second inning, which was aided by a couple of Scappoose errors.
Junta hit a one-out double to left field and scored when Blake Oren hit a grounder to Scappoose first baseman Michael Bates, who mishandled the ball.
Oren scored two batters later on K.J. Ruffo's single.
Junta went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and played strong defense at first base.
"Jayden Junta's really been swinging well lately, which is good because he had a bit of a rough spring," McGowan said of the soon-to-be junior. "He needed to build that confidence during the summertime and move it into next year."
Another player who caught McGowan's eye was left fielder Evan Carillo. The incoming junior went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. After playing on the Putnam junior varsity last season, Carillo looks to be one of the Kingsmen's most improved players, McGowan said.
"Evan Carillo's been swinging a really good bat," McGowan said. "Over the last week, he's really been catching some barrel and swinging really well."
Putnam had production throughout the lineup in the Scappoose game, with just one strikeout. Five players recorded an RBI, six scored and eight had at least one hit.
"I can run out nine guys that can really swing it. We don't have a ton of holes in the order," McGowan said. "The key is just making sure everybody gets those at bats so we're fresh.
"When everybody's here, we're 13 to 14 guys deep, so everyone's filtering in and they're comfortable when they get up to the plate."
Although the win was nice, the biggest focus this summer is efficiency, according to McGowan. His goal is to improve this players' ability to make routine plays, play catch, and maintain "100 percent focus."
"We have a lot of returners for next year," McGowan said. "This summer has been about taking the next step, especially in tournaments, showing up against teams that we don't typically play against in league and taking care of business."
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