Estacada falters late in game
Senior American JBO
With a battle for third-place in the division on the line, the Estacada Senior American JBO squad looked to be in good position to take down Molalla on Monday night, leading 8-3 after five innings.
But in the top of the sixth, the wheels completely came off for the Rangers.
Molalla scored seven runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh as they rallied to beat Estacada by a score of 15-9.
"We just collapsed," Estacada head coach John James said. "Everything kind of fell apart."
After giving up a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first, Estacada responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to tie the score. They went on top 3-2 in the bottom of the second thanks to a RBI-single to right field by Justin Turner. Corey James came through with a RBI-single as well in the third inning to extend the Rangers advantage to 4-2.
Molalla starting pitcher Isaac Thomas-Klementis was pulled in the bottom of the fourth after surrendering back-to-back two-out walks. The tall right-hander issued a total of nine free passes in his outing as Estacada's patience at the plate paid off in the early stages.
"We knew that (Thomas-Klementis) tended to be a little bit wild so our focus was to be patient and let him throw balls," John James said. "We were able to get a lot of walks so when he was forced to come to us, we got hits off him."
Caden Raihala replaced Thomas-Klementis on the mound, but the Rangers were able to jump on him as well as Payton Matney roped a two-run single to right field later in the fourth inning. Estacada got two more runs in the fifth thanks to RBI-hits from Cory James and Turner as Estacada extended their advantage to 8-3.
Turner, who got the start on the mound for the Rangers, really settled into the game after surrendering the two unearned runs in the first. He threw three straight scoreless innings before finally giving up his first earned run in the top of the fifth.
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