Molalla defeats Huskies in conference baseball playoffs

Molalla 13

Sweet Home 3

Molalla ended the Husky baseball season in the second round of conference playoffs under the 10-run rule, 13-3, Thursday afternoon at Molalla.

“Molalla just had too many hits today,” Coach Dan Tow said. “We had played an emotional first game, and we came out strong in this game, scoring two runs right off the bat. But we just didn’t have enough firepower to match them, and I know Mike (Nagamatsu) wasn’t 100 percent because he had just thrown on Monday.

“I was proud of our kids’ effort today. We won the first game to have a chance in the second, but we came up a little short. The kids were disappointed, but they should be proud of how they played today.”

At bats, Donny Cliver went 2-3 with a double and Nagamatsu went 1-2 with an RBI.

Nagamatsu was relieved at the mound by Richard Erevia and Cliver.

Jeromy Krupicka pitched for Molalla.

Sweet Home 200 010 – 3 5 6

Molalla 140 503 – 13 12 0

Sweet Home 2

North Marion 1

The Huskies slipped by North Marion 2-1 in the first round of playoffs at Molalla.

“This game was a great pitchers duel,” Coach Tow said. “Randy Wunker was outstanding on the mound giving up only two hits and striking out nine. He got out of big jams in the third and fourth innings with some great pitching and good defense.

“In the sixth inning, trailing 1-0, Donny Cliver and Kenny May singled, and Mike Nagamatsu was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Richard Erevia came up and drove a single to right center to drive in two runs and give us the lead.

“That was all Wunker needed. he had two straight strikeouts in the seventh inning, and the last batter flew out to Chris Phillips in centerfield to end the game.

“I was really proud of our kids in this game. We competed very well under a lot of pressure and made numerous big plays when we needed them. Randy was exceptional on the mound, and Richard really came through with a big hit when we needed it.”

At bats, Erevia went 1-3 with two RBIs. Cliver, May, Carey Hintze and Joe Rosa all hit singles. Cliver scored the tying run, and May scored the go-ahead run. For Molalla, Lamber scored a solo homerun.

On the mound, Wunker pitched nine strikeouts, walking seven batters and giving up two hits. For Molalla, Ty Brack struck out four batters and walked two, giving up five hits.

Sweet Home 000 0020 – 2 5 1

Molalla 000 0100 – 1 2 0

Stayton slips by 4-3 in last game

Stayton 4

Sweet Home 3

In the final game of regular season, Stayton defeated the Husky baseball team 4-3 at home.

“Our pitchers only gave up four hits, but we made some mistakes defensively, and they hurt us,” Coach Dan Tow said. “Two of their runs were unearned, and you just can’t afford to give up runs that way if you want to be successful.

“We did have a few kids swing the bat well. Joe Rosa continues to give us quality at bats, particularly with runners on base.”

Pitching, Randy Wunker was the losing pitcher. He had two strikeouts and no walks. Mike Nagamatsu started the game.

At bats Rosa went 2-2 with an RBI. Chris Phillips went 1-2. Richard Erevia went 1-3, and Carey Hintze went 1-2. Both hit doubles.

At bats for Stayton, Brandon Styles went 2-4 with a two-run homerun.

Stayton 102 0001 – 4 4 2

Sweet Home 000 2010 – 3 7 5

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