Select squad unable to erase slow start
OIBA high school
|Mt. Hood Select|
Mt. Hood Select found itself buried after the first inning and could not quite climb out of the hole during a 7-4 loss to Rex Putnam's Taylor Electric team Tuesday night.
After giving up five runs to start the game, Mt. Hood tried to climb back into contention when Spencer Roley drew a walk to load the bases. Teammate Kadyn Shelton beat out an infield single to put Select's first run on the board, but Mt. Hood left the bases jammed when Rex Putnam shortstop Andrew Young gobbled up a grounder for the third out.
Rex Putnam threatened again in the second inning, but Select center fielder Jermaine Robinson raced five strides toward the wall and reached out over his head to pull down a catch on the move that stranded a pair of Kingsmen.
In the third inning, Mt. Hood first baseman Christian Roberts was shaken up after a collision at first base. But moments later, and after a check-in with a coach, he tracked down a tricky hopper in the dirt and won the foot race to the bag to retire the side.
Mt. Hood got another run back in the bottom of the third when Shelton singled and stole second base. Teammate Jaden Wilkins followed with a hopper through the middle to bring his teammate home and cut the lead to 5-2.
The score would remain frozen into the sixth when Putnam put up two more on Nick Geertsen's two-run single through the left side.
The Select side put together one more rally in its final at-bats with Shelton connecting for an RBI-double to center field, and Alex Bates scoring on an error. But Rex Putnam secured the victory by catching a runner trying to advance to third base.
Mt. Hood is 13-8 for the summer with the OIBA summer tournaments ahead next weekend.
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