Select squad wins blowout in Futures opener
Futures tourney ... first round
|Mt. Hood Select Gold|
The Mt. Hood Select Gold squad reached the semifinals of the OIBA Futures summer tournament last weekend with an 11-2 first-round win over Scappoose on Friday night.
After surrendering the first run of the game, Mt. Hood bounced back immediately by putting up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Austin Stalwick smacked an RBI-double to center field for the go-ahead run, and stole third base at his first opportunity. Teammate Kellen Woodcock followed with a sacrifice fly to the same part of the park to score Stalwick with what would hold up for the winning run.
Mt. Hood expanded the lead in the third when Stalwick doubled to left field and scored on a sacrifice ground ball by Woodcock. Evan Soria punched an RBI-single through the left side to make it 5-1 for the Select squad.
That proved to be more than enough for the Mt. Hood squad, who relied on its defense to secure the victory.
Starting pitcher Elijah Heacock gloved a comebacker on the mound to strand the bases loaded in the second inning.
Scappoose went down in order in each of the next two innings. In the third, shortstop James Hubbard charged a slow roller, scooping up the ball at the back of the pitcher's mound and throwing out the hitter by half a step. Heacock finished the inning when he side-stepped off the bump and field a ground ball then won a foot race to the bag.
In the fourth inning, Stalwick snagged a line drive at third base, stealing away a hit that appeared headed down the left-field line for another 1-2-3 inning.
Mt. Hood broke the game open with a six-run spurt in the fifth inning, producing runs in five consecutive at-bats capped by Woodcock's RBI-triple to center field.
Heacock went the distance, striking out three batters, while allowing three hits.
Stalwick led the offense by hitting 3-for-3 and drawing a walk in his other at-bat. He scored three times and connected twice for doubles.
Mt. Hood returned to the Centennial High field Saturday and held a late lead over Columbia River before giving way 8-4 in the semifinals.
Hubbard connected with a lead-off single in the fifth inning and came around to score on a wild pitch to put the Select squad up 4-3.
Columbia River answered in the sixth with Brady Decker sending a single to right field to push across the winning runs.
Stalwick got the start for Mt. Hood and struck out nine batters before being relieved in the fifth inning. Woodcock and Coleman Landolt each finished with multiple hits for the Select side.
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Mt. Hood Silver falls to Columbia River
The Mt. Hood Silver team dropped a 15-0 decision to Columbia River in Friday's first round — a game ended on the mercy rule in the fifth inning.
Columbia River took quick command with five-run spurts in both the first and third innings.
Brady Windham came up with Mt. Hood's only hit, a single to lead-off the fourth inning, but he was unable to advance past second base.
This story is slated for our Tuesday, July 30, print edition.
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