After beating out their first opponent of the season, the McNary High School varsity baseball team could only muster one hit in a game against West Linn High School on Wednesday, March 18.
The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a home run with senior Mickey Walker pitching. In the fifth inning, West Linn got its first player on base with a bunt, another with a walk and a single loaded the bases. Evan Alger came in to relieve Walker, and a ground out led and off-the-mark throw to first put runners at second and third. A walk and a batter hit by a pitch kept the Lions going before a triple notched the the final runs of the inning.
Mathew Ismay got the only hit for the Celtics in the top of the fifth, but was caught stealing second.
On Friday, March 20, McNary traveled to meet the Wilsonville High School Wildcats and took a 6-2 win.
A double play in the first inning ended the Celts opportunities and Wilsonville put one on the board in the bottom of the frame with Josiah Gilbert on the mound for McNary.
In the top of the second, Celt Tim Hays drew a walk, then Trevor Gilbert hit a single. Hays scored on an error by the Wildcat pitcher while Gilbert moved to third. Nick Lafountaine made it all the way to second from the plate on the same error. Gilbert and LaFountaine scored on RBIs from Jacob Vasas and Walker.
McNary had the lead 4-2 going into the fifth inning. At the top of the frame, Connor Goff hit a single after Ismay struck out to start the inning. A double by Hays scored Goff on the next at-bat. Hays made it home by the end of the inning for the 6-2 final.
Goff went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Hays went 1-for-3 at the plate with two runs and an RBI. Gilbert, LaFountaine and Vasas all notched RBIs.
In the team’s first game at spring training in Arizona, McNary never found its legs in a 11-0 loss to Colorado’s Highland Ranch High School Monday, March 23.