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Huskies once again battled into extra innings against the Spartans to earn a one-run win, snap three-game skid


PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion's Wil VanVleck hit the winning RBI to give the Huskies their second win over Marist Catholic on the season.

North Marion hit a string of tough outings in the last few games. Consecutive defeats to the Hidden Valley, Banks and La Grande had the Huskies record at 5-4. But a rematch with Marist Catholic on April 7 helped the team right ship with North Marion earning a 4-3 victory in eight innings.

The first time these two teams tangled was the season opener. North Marion defeated Marist Catholic on March 16 in 10 innings by a score of 5-4.

The second time around was just as closely contested. In the top of the eighth inning, both Cole Boughal and Evan Holman singled to get on base. Emilio Estrada reached base due to a Marist Catholic error, and Boughal was able to score thanks to an error as well. Holman advanced to third. After junior Rex DeAngelis was intentionally walked, Wil VanVleck hit an RBI to bring in Holman for what would ultimately be the game winning run.

The team was led from the mound by pitchers Hunter Hansen and VanVleck, who combined to strike out seven Marist Catholic batters and give up just five hits in the game.

At bat, the Huskies were led by a handful of players. Leftfielder Emilio Estrada recorded two hits and a run in five at-bats; VanVleck notched two hits and an RBI in five at-bats; Hansen had two hits; and third baseman Dawson Schrenk had two hits as well.

North Marion (6-4) is scheduled to face off against Tillamook (2-5) on Friday, April 8.


North Marion's softball games against Banks and Junction City were canceled on April 4 and April 6, respectively, due to unplayable fields, according to the school's athletic department. As of Friday, April 8, there were no plans to reschedule. The Huskies (4-3) are scheduled to face off against Molalla (1-6) on April 11 to start Tri-Valley Conference play, after the paper goes to press.

Boys Tennis

PMG PHOTO: ANDREW DIECKHOFF - North Marion's Gage Hurst collected a win over the Madras No. 1 player on April 7.

North Marion competed in a pair of tennis matches this week, battling Molalla at home on April 5 and then taking to the road to face off against Madras on April 7. The Huskies split the match down the middle 4-4 with Molalla, and suffered a 6-2 defeat to the White Buffaloes.

Against Madras, only North Marion's Nos. 1 and 2 scored victories. Gage Hurst defeated Madras's Riley Adair in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, and Edwin De Jesus defeated Leo Olivera 6-2, 6-3.

"We're definitely still trying to feel some things out," North Marion coach Tully Wagner said at the Madras meet. "We're also missing three or four guys today. We'll hopefully learn a little more about each player today by watching them."

When hosting Molalla, the North Marion singles exceled with a 4-0 record on that time. Hurst, Alex Farrens, Luke Frolov and Andy Sanchez Alvarado collected wins over the visiting players. The doubles teams were swept on that side of the action.

According to OSAA, North Marion is scheduled to face off against Stayton on April 12.

Girls Tennis

The Huskies bounced back from a 5-1 defeat against Molalla on April 6 with a 6-2 victory over Madras to improve to 1-1-1 on the season, according to

According to OSAA, North Marion is scheduled to face off against Philomath on April 12.

Additional reporting courtesy of Andrew Dieckhoff.

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