Century sweeps Glencoe on the diamond
It was a big week for Century.
After losing a heartbreaking 5-4 game to Beaverton April 24, the Jaguars entered their two-game set with crosstown rival Glencoe tied for fourth with the Tide in the Metro League standings — they left two games up.
The Jags swept Glencoe, eking-out a 1-0 win Wednesday, April 25, and pulling away late to crush the Tide 12-4 the following day, April 26.
"Yesterday we left 10 runners on base and seven in scoring position, and won 1-0," said Century head coach Mason Wright. "But we knew today that if those chances were going to be there, we had to take advantage of them."
And they did.
Century scored two runs in the first inning, one in the fourth, and nine in the final two innings to turn a tie game into an easy Jaguar victory.
The home Jags were led by junior Justyn Herzog who finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run double and RBI triple in the six run fifth, along with starting pitcher Jared Gordon who — despite the heat — pitched a complete game.
Wright was very complimentary of Gordon's performance and was even more appreciative for not forcing the second-year coach to reach into his bullpen at the end of a long week that had the Jags playing three games in three consecutive days.
"Pitching was a huge strength," said the coach. "Jared Gordon pitched a great game and settled-in in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, minimizing any big inning for Glencoe. Playing three games in three days, to have him close it out was very cool."
Century opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when after back-to-back hits by Blake Baccay and Josh Grant, Herzog drove them both in with a double to left field. Glencoe got their first run two innings later when Sam Kirk drove in Taylor Mursu with a single to right, then took their first lead when sophomore Jake Hoskins hit a bases loaded single to plate two and put the Tide ahead 3-2.
The Jags tied it an inning later when Keaton Johnson — who'd reached on a hit-by-pitch and moved to third on a Glencoe error — scored on a wild pitch by Tide starter Nathan Sprenger. Then, in their next at-bat, Glencoe again took the lead when Sprenger drove-in Kirk to put the Tide up 4-3 and set the table for Century's big fifth inning.
Grant started things by reaching on an error. Then Herzog tripled to score Grant, Ian Lawson doubled to plate Herzog, and after Micky Thompson popped out for the innings first out, the Jags used hits by Gordon, Johnson, and Alex Garcia, combined with a handful of Tide miscues to score four more runs to turn a one run deficit into a five run lead.
"I was very happy with how we battled that team," said Wright. "As we went deep into the game we were able to captilize on our opportunities and have a big inning, which really put us over the top."
Glencoe wasn't able to recover from the fifth inning onslaught and Century tacked-on three more runs in the sixth before the Tide loaded the bases in the seventh prior to a two-out pop-up ended the game.
Now, Century, who trail Beaverton by a game for third place, readies for undefeated Westview before finishing the season with Aloha and Liberty with an eye on an automatic bid into this year's state playoffs.
"This coming week is a big week for us," said Wright. "Westview is a great club, but we're confident with our group that we can go and compete with the way we can play."
"We've been getting better every game," said the coach. "We've lost seven games by two runs or less and five of those were by one run, but we're starting to come out on top in those close games and that's exciting."
Century travels to Westview Tuesday, May 1, and will host the Wildcats May 2.
Glencoe will host Liberty May1, before traveling to play the Falcons May 2.