By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School varsity baseball team got one win and suffered two losses in a tournament at Volcanoes Stadium during spring break.
The tournament, which was supposed to run Wednesday through Friday, wasn’t completed until Saturday, March 29, due to numerous rain delays.
“I think we did pretty well. Our pitching struggled a little bit, but we got that under control,” said Celt Connor Goff. “The rain really got to us though.”
In the Celtic tournament opener Thursday, March 27, McNary outhit Barlow High School 8-5, but stranded runners meant a 3-2 loss for the Keizer team.
“We battled pretty well, we just didn’t have timely hits,” said Tristan Mistkawi, a McNary senior.
The Celts and Bruins both notched single runs in the first inning. McNary’s first run came on a hard grounder by Jordan Barchus that sent Connor Suing home from third, but Barlow pulled ahead 3-1 with a two-run second inning.
Suing scored again on a wild pitch in the third inning, but left the tying run on third base.
Suing went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double, and two runs scored. Barchus went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Travis Klampe pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and five hits.
The Celts drew Barlow again in the second round of the tournament Saturday, March 29, and turned the tables on the Gresham team. McNary turned nine hits into eight runs in an 8-4 win.
“We came prepared, and we just wanted to come back from the loss,” Mistkawi said.
Almost all of McNary’s offensive output was produced in a seven-run first inning.
Suing started the game with a walk from Bruin pitcher Seth Carr. Mickey Walker advanced Suing to second on a line drive to centerfield. Suing stole third and Goff stepped up to the plate, driving another pitch to centerfield scoring Suing and moving Walker to second.
With one out, Tim Hays drew a walk loading the bases for McNary and Hayden Gosling put up a sacrifice fly, scoring Walker. With runners on second and third, Goff scored on a pitching error making the score 3-0. Hays scored on a single by Jacob Wood and advanced to second on a line drive to left field by Mistkawi. Celt Ben Cummings drew a walk and a Suing double scored Wood and Mistkawi. Cummings made it home before the Bruins were finally able to work themselves out of the inning.