Estacada falls flat against Oregon City
Senior American JBO
OREGON CITY — Although they were trailing 7-2 after three innings, Estacada was still in striking distance as they took on Oregon City in a play-in contest on Tuesday.
Then, in the bottom of the fourth, everything imploded for the Rangers.
Oregon City scored 11 runs in the frame to take a commanding 18-2 lead. The Pioneers ended up winning 18-6, effectively ending Estacada's season.
"This was very indicative of our season," Estacada head coach John James said. "We would really good moments and then have it all fall apart in one inning. We have kind of struggled down the stretch of this season."
The Rangers found themselves down 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the first. However, it looked like they would get out of frame when pitcher Waylon Riedel forced the next Oregon City hitter to ground out on a ball hit right in front of the plate. However, the home plate umpire claimed it was a foul ball and called the play dead.
Despite James going out to plead his case, the call was upheld. Oregon City would go onto score two more runs in the frame to take a 4-0 lead.
"That play kind of took the wind out of the kids sails," James said. "It looked we were out of the inning. When we found we weren't, if was tough for Waylon to go out and throw more pitches."
Estacada was able to respond with a run in the top of the second. Jacob Sittner started the frame off with a walk and then advanced to second on a single from James Durand. Sittner stole third moments later and wound up scoring on the play when the throw from the catcher sailed into left field.
Oregon City, however, knocked Riedel off the mound in the bottom half of the frame by scoring three more runs. Jackson Turner came to the bump in the bottom of the third and threw Estacada's only scoreless frame of the game.
The Rangers scored in the top half of the third on a RBI-groundout by Andrew Riedel, but would up leaving the bases loaded as Oregon City wiggled their way out of trouble. Estacada would leave another runner stranded in scoring position in the top of the fourth.
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