Win streak lands Rangers in postseason chase
Monday, April 29
GLADSTONE — The Estacada High baseball team took a four-game win streak into Monday's game at league-leading Gladstone. After missing out on some early opportunities the Rangers fell 10-0.
Estacada advanced a pair of runners into scoring position in the second inning only to have a strikeout end the threat.
Jose Vasquez curved a single down the left-field line for a lead-off single in the third inning, but he was unable to get past second base.
Nate Hagel was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth, and Jeremiah May singled to put two runners on. But once again the Gladstone defense responded with a strikeout and a ground out to deny the threat.
Estacada's defense was up to the challenge early, retiring the side in order in the first inning with Vasquez catching a pair of fly balls in right field. The second inning saw Hagel snag a waist-high bouncer at shortstop, and Cody Hovda tracked down a fly ball in left field to keep the game scoreless.
Gladstone opened the scoring in the third inning when Austin Kuhn and Matt Gehrke connected on RBI-singles for a 4-0 lead.
The Gladiators broke the game open in the fourth when Mateo Burgos led off with a double to left field. He would come around to score on a passed ball, and Gladstone led 6-0 midway through the game.
Estacada started the week with a two-game sweep over Madras, capped by a 10-0 shutout win on the road Friday. The Rangers put the mercy rule in play when Vasquez scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.
Daniel Hunt put Estacada on the scoreboard with an RBI-single into right field in the first inning.
Kayden Settle hit 4-for-4 with a double and a triple out of the No. 1 spot in the lineup, while four other Rangers also finished with multiple hits. The Rangers hit 15-for-26 (.577) as a team.
Estacada took the first game 6-1 at home last Wednesday, taking the lead in the first inning when Nick Keller scored on a passed ball, and Nate Hagel sent and RBI-single to left field. Hagel pitched a complete game with four strikeouts.
Keller moved the lead to 4-0 with an RBI-double in the second inning. Rangers starter Jeremiah May threw a complete game with seven strikeouts.
Estacada heads into this week in third place in the Tri-Valley — one game up on Molalla and Madras. The Rangers (8-12) are two spots out in the chase for the last 4A qualifier spot
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