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The bats came alive in the latter part of the week, while a key defensive play ensures season's first win

After opening the week with a loss to Estacada, Molalla's baseball team got the bats unleashed in a pair of wins over Corbett.

Molalla started the Estacada game well, tallying a pair of runs in the top half of the first. Unfortunately, Estacada matched it in their half.

"The wheels came off in the fourth as some errors kept what should have been a one or two run inning into four in that inning," Molalla coach Gary Miller said. "Our bats were silent after the first and didn't come back to life until the sixth and seventh (innings), but it was too little too late."

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Isaac Klementis got the start on the mount and had a good outing, according to Miller. He gave up five hits and four earned runs to go with eight strikeouts and three walks.

From there it was a home-and-home set with Corbett, winning 13-12 and 15-5 to finish the week.

"We scored four in the top of the first, then they put 10 runs on us in their half of the first," Miller said.

After a pitching change, things settled down. Caden Alexander went five innings giving up three hits while walking none. He also added three strikeouts. Caden Raihala got some work on the mound, pitching two innings, allowing but one hit and striking out four.

While the pitching stabilized, the offense was coming to life.

"Along with a good day on the mound, Caden Raihala did it at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored," Miller said. "Caden Alexander had the play of the game. In the bottom of the seventh. We were up 13-11, bases loaded and two outs. Corbett hit a hard ground ball between first and second that looked like it would tie the game. Alexander dove, knocked the ball down, and from a seated position was able to get enough on the ball to get the Corbett runner by a step. Very exciting first win of the season."

In the Friday rematch, Molalla's bats were afire. Tony Morfin and Evan McEachran both provided three hits apiece, with Morfin adding 3 RBIs, while Isaac Klementis, Mike Stephens and Zach Clinton chipped in with a pair of RBIs.

"We had solid pitching from Tucker Ward, who went three innings with four strikeouts and only two earned runs," Miller said. "Zach Clinton pitched two innings with four strikeouts and only one earned run. The game was ended in the bottom of the fifth when freshman Sean McBride knocked in his first RBI, making the final score 15-5."

Up this week is a pair with Madras and a single tilt with Gladstone.


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