Taylor Electric pounces early to beat Mt. Hood
OIBA High School
|Mt. Hood Select|
PORTLAND — Rex Putnam's Taylor Electric baseball team jumped on Mt. Hood Select out of the gates and never looked back in a 7-4 road win Tuesday night.
Austin Hayes doubled to left field to bring across one run, and the Kingsmen pushed across four more on a series of Mt. Hood errors to take command 5-0 after their first at-bats.
Mt. Hood, a combined squad out of Gresham, Centennial and David Douglas, tried to climb back into contention when Spencer Roley drew a walk to load the bases. Teammate Kadyn Shelton beat out an infield single to put Select's first run on the board, but Mt. Hood left the bases jammed when Rex Putnam's Tanner Drog gobbled up a grounder for the third out.
Rex Putnam threatened again in the second inning, but Select center fielder Jermaine Robinson raced five strides toward the wall and reached out over his head to pull down a catch on the move that stranded a pair of Kingsmen.
Putnam matched the defensive highlights when Jason Young scooped a two-hopper out of the dirt and turned a double play with second baseman Nick Geertsen to blank Mt. Hood in the second inning.
In the third, Mt. Hood first baseman Christian Roberts was shaken up after a collision at first base. But moments later, and after a check-in with a coach, he tracked down a tricky hopper in the dirt and won the foot race to the bag to retire the side.
Mt. Hood got another run back in the bottom of the third when Shelton singled and stole second base. Teammate Jaden Wilkins followed with a hopper through the middle to bring his teammate home and cut the lead to 5-2.
Rex Putnam prevented any further damage when catcher John Irish threw out a runner trying to steal third.
The Kingsmen would turn their second double play of the game to end the fourth inning when Drog and Vinny Salvione made a quick relay of throws.
The score would remain frozen into the sixth when Putnam put up two more on Nick Geertsen's two-run single through the left side.
The Select side put together one more rally in its final at-bats with Shelton connecting for an RBI-double to center field, and Alex Bates scoring on an error. But Rex Putnam secured the victory by catching a runner trying to advance to third base.
Rex Putnam is one of the host sites for the OIBA summer tournaments ahead July 26-28.
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