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Losses to top league squads North Marion and Gladstone provide valuable lessons for a young team that's improving

Facing two quality teams allowed the Molalla baseball team a chance to compete and continue to make progress this season.

There were positives and lessons learned in Monday's 13-2 loss to Gladstone and Wednesday's 15-0 loss to North Marion.

"Although Gladstone and North Marion outmatched us, we are improving, and that is what we are looking to do for our young team," coach Gary Miller said. "We are following the motto of 'progress, not perfection.' We have a lot of respect for North Marion and Gladstone. (Coaches) Randy Brack and Casey Webster have very good, well-disciplined teams. We learn a lot when we play them."

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Molalla High baseball team got a chance to learn from two of the league's better squads this past week.

In the May 3 action, Miller pointed to the work of freshman Zach Clington on the mound, who went 3.2 innings, scattered five hits, allowed one walk while striking out six and giving up no earned runs. He also had an RBI double in the contest.

Isaac Klementis had a hit and scored a run, Evan McEachran had an RBI in the contest and Caden Raihala pitched well in his 1.1 innings of work

"Molalla will need to tighten up defensively if we want to stay in games and allow our pitchers to get out of innings," Miller said. "We need to stop giving up an extra two to four outs an inning."

Against North Marion on May 5, the Indians got bit by the big inning bug, giving up seven runs in the third.

"That got us in trouble and we could not rebound," Miller said. "We battled against one of the league's best pitchers, Rex DeAngelis."

Caden Alexander and Will Mason each had a hit in the game and "the rest of the lineup were much more aggressive with the bats, but the hits just were not falling," Miller said. "We were much better in the field and are showing progress as a team."


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