Molalla Round-up: Molalla boys tennis & baseball
The Molalla High boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a pair of wins, defeating Madras and Estacada in league action. They beat Madras 5-3 on April 3, then some had some key play against the league's No. 4 seed from Martin Ruiz that helped the team defeat beat Estacada via games won on April 4. Against Estacada, the Indians weren't able to get any wins in singles action but swept the doubles play to force the tie and the tie-breaker game count. Joshua Lam and Caden Cox won at first singles, followed by wins from Dakota Burke-Sennett Grassl, Nico Olgoso-Jaime Ortega and Lucas Berrett-Luke Bauge. In the end, Molalla prevailed by a 67-64 margin in games won. Against Madras, the Indians got a forfeit win at fourth singles, then swept the doubles again, including a pair of three-set wins. Grassl and Burke snagged a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win at second doubles, while Ortego and Olgoso came back from a 3-6 defeat in the first set to win out 6-4, 6-2. Now the Indians look toward the district tournament, which will start May 9 at Estacada High School, then finish up May 12-13 at the Salem Tennis Center. Coach Laurel Roses said her top doubles team of Lam and Cox have earned the third seed to the league tournament. The team of Burke and Grassl have the potential to make a run as well, having only two losses on their record this season.
In the homestretch of its season, the Molalla High baseball team has had an up and down go this season. "I feel like we are right on the verge of becoming a highly competitive team in our league," coach Gary Miller said. "The weather is not helping us as far as being able to practice on a consistent basis." The Indians, working through rain delays and reschedules, dropped an 8-1 decision to North Marion on April 4, which followed an 8-0 loss to Gladstone on April 3. "Our pitching is pretty strong this season and we have some young guys who will only get better," Miller said. "Our hitting is not as strong as it has been in the past. We're just now getting a consistent everyday lineup due to a rash of injuries. Having had four seniors on the shelf has taken its toll — two pitchers and two infielders. We hope to have our first baseman back before the end of the season. He's been a rock for us since freshman year - Mike Stephens. "We did okay against Gladstone and North Marion this week," Miller added. "The error bug bit us in the second game against Gladstone. North Marion's pitching shut us down and they hit the ball well."
With the season winding down, Molalla is 2-8 in league play, 3-15 overall.
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