The Estacada baseball team delivers in the clutch down Woodburn 3-2

by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Estacadas Jordan McDaniel works to sidestep Woodburns third baseman during last weeks 3-2 home win. The base hits were limited for the Estacada baseball team on March 19, but the hits it did have all came at exactly the right time. The Rangers fended off Woodburn 3–2 as each of their three hits came with runners in scoring position.

Estacada drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning with its first clutch hit. Kyle Beguelin drew a leadoff walk and then moved up to second with a stolen base. Two batters later, Brandon Beck ripped a single to left field that brought Beguelin around to score.

Chris Smith got things started for the Rangers in the second inning. He was hit by pitch to lead off the inning, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Jordan McDaniel then stepped in and cracked a single through the infield to push Smith across.

Each of Estacada's first two runs was answered by Woodburn in the next inning. The Bulldogs tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the top of the second, then added another in the top of the third to tie the game 2–2. The score stayed put until the fifth inning.

Woodburn quickly retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the fifth, but Beck was hit by pitch to keep the inning going. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, then Kordell McPherson delivered a base hit into left and Beck trucked around third and into home to break the tie.

The Bulldogs tried to keep their trend going as they gave a valiant effort to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning. They showed great patience at the plate and drew three walks to load the bases with two outs. The Rangers then brought in left-handed pitcher Casey Jones to face the top of the Woodburn order. Jones, who threw four shutout innings two days earlier, struck out the first batter he faced on four pitches to end the inning. Jones stayed in for the seventh inning and set down the Bulldogs in order to end the game.

The Rangers went 3-for-7 with the runners in scoring position and 0-for-11 without. That is a tribute to the Rangers' ability to come up with timely hits, but also to their scrappiness at the plate. Though they didn't always get hits, they found ways to get on base and into a position to score.

Beguelin reached base four times for the Rangers as he walked in every plate appearance. Beck also reached base in each of his plate appearances as he was hit by pitch twice in addition to his RBI-single.

Estacada thought it was a better team than what it showed against Woodburn, and the Rangers proved it. The two teams met up on Friday at the Volcanoes Spring Tournament and Estacada won 16–3. The Rangers dropped a pair of tight games to Ridgeview and Cascade to round out the tournament at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium.

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