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The team from North Marion High is getting solid contributions in offseason play from the likes of Reilly, VanVleck

Little more than two weeks into the summer season, the Marion Berries baseball team of North Marion High School has run up a 6-2 record against Legion competition. The Berries, a Legion single A team, have competed against larger schools and held are more than hanging with the competition.

Here's how the Berries contests have shaken out over that time.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Dawson Schrenk connects on a pitch against the Sockeyes.

Berries 14, Eastside 2, June 15

In the first game of the summer season, Marion defeated the Eastside baseball team of Portland 14-2. It was a big game for incoming junior Carter Reilly who recorded four hits and four RBIs to go along with two runs of his own.

The Berries scored in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings, but it was the sixth inning that sealed the deal. Marion scored seven runs in the inning courtesy of Rex DeAngelis, Wil VanVleck, Cole Hammack, Isaac Peirce and Reilly. Reilly, Peirce and Blaine Smith all recorded multiple hits in the game.

Berries 11, West Linn 9, June 21

Marion went toe-to-toe with the West Linn Lions in the first game of a doubleheader on June 21, notching an 11-9 victory to improve to 2-0. Despite the game being scoreless through the first two innings, the Berries went up 4-3 after the third inning and 9-4 after the fourth inning. West Linn battled back to outscore Marion 5-2 over the final two and a half innings, nearly completing an impressive comeback.

The Berries notched 11 runs on 11 hits and two West Linn errors. Cole Hammack, Dawson Schrenk, Reilly, VanVleck and Smith each scored multiple runs in the game, with Smith leading the with three RBIs and a pair of hits.

The team from Aurora won the second game of the doubleheader 1-0.

Berries 8, Beaverton 10, June 22

The first loss of the season came against the Beaverton Sockeyes. That loss came despite Marion getting 11 hits at the plate. Beaverton took an early 4-1 lead in the first inning but ceded control of the game momentarily in the third inning when the Berries put together a five-run effort. Beaverton answered six runs of its own in the top of the fourth inning. The lead was ultimately too much for Marion to answer.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marions pitching staff has been solid through the first nine games of the summer season, winning a six games.

Reilly, VanVleck and Smith each notched a pair of hits and Smith had a pair of RBIs to boot. Schrenk started from the mound for the Berries but had a tough outing, giving up seven hits, 10 runs and striking out just one. Relief pitchers Alex Polanco and Peirce combined to give up just one hit and one walk in the final innings.

Berries 6, Silverton 4, June 23

The Berries bounced back with a solid showing against the Bandits the next day. Despite trailing 4-3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Berries's Will Stafford tripled on a 1-0 count to bring in two runs and take the lead.

Will Orr led the Marion bats at the plate, collecting two hits and two RBIs in his two at-bats. Stafford and Schrenk each had two RBIs, a hit, a run and a walk.

Berries 3, Tigard 1, June 25

Despite having three errors, the Berries won a close 3-1 contest over the Tigard Longhornsto improve to 5-1. Hammack and Smith were the aggressors at the plate: Hammack record a run, a hit, an RBI and a walk, while Smith recorded two hits and two RBIs. Marion scored runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings to earn the win.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Carter Reilly makes contact against the Sockeyes. Reilly has been solid at the plate in summer play.

From the mound, Marion had solid contributions from pitchers Peirce, Stafford and Boughal. The trio combined to allow just four hits, one run, four walks, and no errors to accompany three strikeouts.

Berries 3, Columbia Gorge 16, June 26

In the most lopsided loss of the season, the Berries were blasted 16-3 by the Hustlers after a brutal final five innings. Marion led 2-0 after the first two innings, but 18 hits and five Berries' errors sealed the deal for the team from the Gorge. VanVleck recorded one hit, one run and one RBI, and reached base twice on walks.

Berries 17, Sherwood 2, June 27

Just a day later the Berries bounced back in devastating fashion, punching in 17 runs on nine hits. Boughal recorded four RBIs, Reilly recorded three RBIs, and Smith and VanVleck each had a pair of RBIs. The Berries took advantage of numerous Sherwood pitching errors and took were walked 10 times throughout the course of the game. The game lasted four and a half innings, with all of Marion's scoring coming between the second and fourth innings.

Berries 6, Alpenrose 7, June 28

In the final inning of the game, the Berries nearly got the comeback they needed.

Alpenrose led 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Marion got the bats going. In the fourth plate appearance of the inning, Hammack was walked with loaded bases bringing in DeAngelis for the score. In the next at-bat Smith hit a sacrifice fly into right field to bring in Reilly, and Schrenk hit a single to centerfielder to drive in VanVleck. The final score of the inning came with Hammack scoring on a walk. Despite the rally, the Berries were defeated 7-6.


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