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Local high school baseball squads gear-up for league openers with Spring Break tournaments.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Glencoe senior Carter Larson throws a pitch during the Crimson Tide's game with Mountainside Wednesday, March 27, at Ron Tonkin Field.The Hillsboro Spartans fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 10-0 loss to Liberty on Wednesday, March 27, as part of the Glencoe Tournament held at Ron Tonkin Field.

The Sparts (3-5) struggled to contain the high-powered Liberty offense, giving up 10 runs, two of which they got in the first inning when Ryan Miller singled and later scored on a Kyle Perkins fielder's choice, then watched as junior Tyler Bickford doubled in Perkins to put the Falcons ahead 2-0.

Liberty (3-3) scored three more in the third, four in the fourth, and a final run in the fifth before the game ended after six based on the 10-run rule. In all, the Falcons finished with 11 hits, while junior pitcher Jake Hoskins held the Spartans to just two hits in five innings of work before Cristian Lavadores Lopez came in in the sixth to finish the game.

Jacob Hoskins was the winning pitcher for Liberty. He surrendered zero runs on two hits over five innings, striking out nine and walking none. Cristian Lavadores Lopez threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Mason Siller took the loss for Hillsboro. He lasted two-and-a-third innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out one.

Price and Collin Rickis each collected one hit to lead the Sparts.

Ryan Miller, Hoskins, Bryan Bafaro, and Bickford all collected multiple hits for Liberty.

The win was the second in three tries for Liberty in the Glencoe Tournament. The Falcons also defeated St. Helens 7-4 a day prior, and dropped a close one, 6-5, to Gresham on the tournament's opening day.

In addition to their loss to Liberty, Hillsboro finished the tournament with a record of 1-2, dropping a second game to Silverton while defeating Madison.

The Falcons were scheduled to open Pacific Conference play with a three game series with Forest Grove beginning Tuesday, April 2, after this paper's print deadline.

The Spartans too were scheduled to start league play April 2, hosting Milwaukie as part of a three game set to kick-off Northwest Oregon Conference play.

Glencoe

The Crimson Tide (2-4-1) opened their tournament with a 7-2 win over Madison, but then dropped a 3-1 game to Silverton before ending the event with a 9-5 loss to Mountainside on Wednesday, March 27, at Ron Tonkin Field.

The Mavericks scored two in the first inning, three in the second and another in the third to take a 6-0 lead, but then watched Glencoe cut that lead in half with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third before Mountainside put the game away with three more in the sixth.

Glencoe had seven players record a hit in the game, led by Andrew Grenz who finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Mountainside's Yule Schrock, Kevin Andersen, and Parker Rheems each recorded two hits and two RBIs for the Mavericks.

Glencoe was scheduled to start a three game set with Century Tuesday, April 2, after this paper's print deadline.

Banks

The Braves won all three of their contests as part of the Hidden Valley Tournament held over Spring Break, March 27 and 28, at Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, before dropping a game to Gladstone in their final tune-up before league play got started Tuesday, April 2, versus Tillamook after this paper's print deadline.

Banks (7-2) defeated Brookings Harbor, Mazama and St. Mary's (Medford) by a combined score of 19-4 as part of the Hidden Valley event.

Against Gladstone, the Braves surrendered four runs in the first four innings before losing 4-2 despite out-hitting the Gladiators 6-2. Banks was undone by four errors, including three in the second inning that led to two Gladstone runs.

Hayden Vandehey led the Braves at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI.

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