North Marion roundup: baseball extends win streak to 10
After finishing up the non-league portion of its schedule with a 6-4 record, North Marion has been on an absolute tear through the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC). The Huskies have gone 9-0 thus far in conference play with a pair of pivotal wins over Gladstone to take the lead in the TVC title hunt.
North Marion picked up a crucial 4-1 road win over the Gladiators on Monday, April 25, and followed that up with a 3-0 win over Gladstone back at Bob Brack Stadium on Wednesday, April 27.
In the first encounter, North Marion fell behind by a run early in the game but held the Gladiators scoreless over the next six innings while getting four runs in the third and fifth innings combined. Junior shortstop Rex DeAngelis recorded two hits and two RBIs and sophomore Landon Fowler chipped in two runs and two hits. Senior catcher Evan Holman and senior leftfielder Emilio Estrada scored the other runs.
In the second encounter with Gladstone, North Marion recorded its fifth shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory. Once again DeAngelis powered in two RBIs, with runs coming from Holman, Fowler and freshman Cole Hammack.
The team excelled from the mound in both games. In the first game DeAngelis struck out 12 batters; in the second game senior righthanded pitcher Hunter Hansen struck out 14 batters.
"It came at a good time," North Marion head coach Randy Brack said. "Not that our pitching's been bad, but both Rex and Hunter had kind of been struggling a little bit as far as keeping their pitch counts down. They were throwing lots of extra pitches. Walking guys, not giving up many hits or anything, but just their pitch counts were getting real high. And we talked to them about just not being afraid to trust their stuff and just go after the hitters and not try and nibble so much on the corners. Let's just go, 'Hey, here's my stuff, let's see if you guys can hit it,' and both guys in both games, that's what they did."
The team followed up the victories over Gladstone with a 10-0 win over Corbett (0-13) that showed the depth of the team. Injuries and illness have forced Brack and his coaching personnel to make adjustments to the lineup and thus far it's worked out.
"At Gladstone, we had Cole Boughal in center field and because we have one of our outfielders, Marcus Ledesma, is injured right now, hopefully we get him back," Brack said. "So we inserted Landon Fowler into right field that game and the two innings we scored two runs each at Gladstone, he led off both innings with base hits and ended up scoring a run in each inning. So he scored two of the four runs and he kind of ignited the little rallies in both innings. So, again, you take a guy off the bench and put him in a starting role and he comes through and we've been able to do that pretty much all year. It's really nice to have that kind of depth."
North Marion is scheduled to face off against Corbett on Monday, May 2, before turning around and playing each team in the TVC once more. After that the postseason begins.
Heading into the week of April 25, North Marion had suffered six consecutive defeats in a row. While the team lost a seventh straight against Gladstone, the Huskies turned around and defeated the Gladiators 13-3 in the second of three meetings on April 27.
The win improved North Marion's league record to 1-5 and overall record to 5-8. The team is now ranked No. 26 in the state. The team is scheduled to host a doubleheader against Corbett (5-7) on Monday, May 2.
North Marion competed in three different meets this week and earned three different results in each one. Against Stayton on April 25 the Huskies tied 2-2 with Gage Hurst and Alex Farrens winning their singles matches, while the Stayton doubles won their two matches.
North Marion took on Cascade April 26 and was swept 8-0. North Marion's Eitan Shepherd had the closest match of the day, losing to Cascade's Kaiden Ford in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-4.
Finally, North Marion battled neighboring Woodburn on April 28 and walked away with a 5-3 win. No. 1 single Gage Hurst was the lone singles player for the Huskies to win his match, doing so in straight sets (6-2, 6-0) over Woodburn's Joaquim Lopez. The doubles teams for North Marion swept Woodburn, each in straight sets.
North Marion competed in three straight meets from April 26-28 against Cascade, Philomath and Woodburn. Cascade swept the Huskies 8-0 on the 26th; Philomath swept North Marion 8-0 on the 27th; and North Marion drew with Woodburn 4-4 on April 28.
Against Woodburn, it was the doubles teams who raked in the four wins for the Huskies.
Track and field
North Marion took to the road to compete against Sherwood, Gladstone, Century and Southwest Christian on April 27 and walked away with a victory over Gladstone on the boys side, 79-41. The other dual scores went in favor of the Huskies' opponents.
Most first place finishes in the meet were swept by Sherwood. Only North Marion senior Tony Lewis finished first ahead of the competition in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 40 feet, 6.5 inches.
For full results, see Athletic.net.
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