Estacada baseball takes down Valley Catholic in home opener
The Estacada High School boys baseball team put on a clinic on Monday, March 28, as they took down visiting Valley Catholic High School 10-2 in the Rangers' home opener.
The home team started the game strong and took the lead early. After a few solid innings the Rangers broke the game wide open in the fifth inning as they scored five runs brought in by Carson Emerson, Andrew Riedel, Jake Sittner and Cameron Johnson.
Estacada's starting pitcher, Eli Olson, took care of business on defense, only allowing two runs off two hits in his six innings on the mound. "I was trying to (focus) my pitches a little lower, moved a little too high, but once I went back low it started working a little better," Olson said after the game. Olson came off the mound after dealing five strikeouts and three walks.
The Rangers started off hot, bringing in two runs in the first inning. The first run came off a sac fly by Waylon Riedel and the other was produced by Emerson stealing home off an off-target throw. Estacada's base running was also top-notch, with Emerson, Riley Hovda and Will Olson each stealing two bases.
"I think we did the little things right today: put the ball in play, threw some strikes," said Rangers head coach Darrin Elkins. "For the most part I think we played a pretty complete game … actually I think our first complete game."
It was a totally different picture for the boys from Valley Catholic. The Valiants started senior righthander Drew Ilg, and though he didn't have a terrible day -- recording seven strikeouts in his five innings -- he did give up five runs and walk five batters.
The Rangers maintained a lead of 5-2 heading into the sixth inning, but doubled that score when the Valiants replaced Ilg with freshman righthander Elliott Bielefeld. Bielefeld and the Valley Catholic outfield opened the floodgates, allowing the Rangers to score five runs off only one hit in the sixth inning and secure the victory.
Estacada will stay at home to face Banks High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.
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