Mt. Hood takes league series against Storm
|Mt. Hood CC Saints|
|Chemeketa CC Storm|
Chemeketa's baseball team got off to the perfect start Friday afternoon, but it was Mt. Hood that would be celebrating at the end of the day after pulling off a doubleheader sweep.
Logan Williams drilled the first pitch of the day over the fence, and the team's No. 2 hitter Blake Arritola was hit by a pitch and eventually came in to score on a wild pitch for a 2-0 Storm lead.
Mt. Hood answered in the bottom of the first with Trace Hakkanen sending an RBI-double into the left-field gap, while Dawson Day sent an RBI-double into the right-field corner to tie the game.
Kevin Miser stepped into the batter's box and drilled the next pitched over the top of the third baseman's glove for a two-run single.
The bottom of Chemeketa's lineup came up with back-to-back hits in the fourth inning with Chase Elliott's RBI-single to center field tying the score at 4-4.
Once again, the Saints had a quick answer.
Jacob Dukart put a sacrifice bunt in play that moved a pair of teammates into scoring position. Matt Land found his way home with the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Ezra Samperi, while Adam Stevens scored on Brian Rice's two-out single through the middle.
The Saints would go on to win Game 1 by a 9-4 score, holding Chemeketa to zeroes over the final five innings.
Mt. Hood starter Hayden Minich struck out five batters over six innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Saints' reliever Sam Strader threw three innings of no-hit ball, striking out six of the nine batters he faced.
Day finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Rice also finished with three hits.
In Game 2, Matt Niebergall hit an RBI-double to score Tyler Linch with the winning run in the seventh inning.
Mt. Hood put their first five hitters on base to start the game, pushing runs across on a Hokkanen single, a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch and a Stevens sacrifice ground ball.
The Saints sent four pitchers to the mound in Game 2 with reliever Tucker Grote picking up the win after striking out three batters and allowing one hit.
The teams traveled to Salem on Saturday with Mt. Hood clinching the series with a 6-5 win in 12 innings. Samperi drew a two-out bases-loaded walk to push across the winning run.
Chemeketa took the series finale 8-4.
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This story is slated for our Tuesday, April 2, print edition.
CHEMEKETA 201 100 000 — 4 8 0
MT. HOOD 400 212 00x — 9 12 1
Total bases — CHM Logan Williams 4, Culpepper 3, Alarcon 2, Benson, Elliott, Ishii; MH .Dawson Day 5, Rice 3, Land 2, Hokkanen 2, Samperi 2, Miser. LOB — CHM 8, MH 9.
CHEMEKETA 011 111 0 — 5 4 1
MT. HOOD 400 010 1 — 6 6 1
Total bases — CHM Andrew Ishii 4, Elliott, Williams, Arritola; MH Matt Niebergall 3, Hokkanen 2, Samperi, Kamp. LOB — CHM 5, MH 4.