Corbett falls in first-round heartbreaker
Minors National state tourney
MILWAUKIE — The Corbett Minors baseball team battled to the final pitch, but could not quite overcome Westview in an 8-7 loss to open the Nationals state tournament Friday at North Clackamas Park.
Trailing 8-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cardinals put on what they hoped would be a winning push when Kale Mickalson and Jaxon Wilson connected for back-to-back RBI-singles. Mickalson would come home on an errant Westview throw to make it a one-run game. The Cardinals had the tying run at third base when an infield pop up ended the inning.
Closing in on the tournament's time limit, the teams managed to squeeze out one more inning.
In the fifth, Westview loaded the bases with nobody out. Mickalson came to the mound in relief and got a batter looking at a third strike, followed by a pair of ground balls to freeze the Wildcats on the scoreboard.
Corbett looked to extend the game when Jeremy Graff drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the inning and quickly zipped around to third base.
But Westview would strike out the final two batters to prevent the tying run from getting home.
Westview put up the first two runs of the game, but Corbett second baseman Cruz Windust cut the rally short when he caught a line drive that resulted in a double play to end the first inning.
Corbett put up its first run in the bottom of the inning when Landon Wunn sent an RBI-single deep down the left-field line.
Westview extended to a 5-2 lead in the third, but relief pitcher Jonah Wilson struck out the last batter to strand a runner at third base.
The Cardinals climbed within a single run again in the bottom of the third when Kaynen Yoshida hit a high-hopper over the top of the pitcher's outstretched glove for an RBI-single.
Wilson would pick off a runner at first base early in the fourth inning, but Westview responded with three runs to go up 8-4. Corbett shut down the scoring spree when reliever Ezra Johnson fired a third strike on the outside edge of the zone to escape a bases-loaded jam.
Corbett returned to the field later Friday night to beat Mill City 11-9 in an elimination game before falling 13-3 to Central on Saturday.
Corbett's Junior National team picked up a 13-12 elimination-bracket win over Newberg at the state tournament in Lebanon.
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