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Kollas shines in Jesuit debut


Sophomore turns in outstanding outing

After playing four games in four days last week in a tournament at Lakeridge High, Jesuit High was out of arms.

So, when the Crusaders hosted Oregon City, Jesuit coach Tim Massey asked incoming sophomore Matthew Kollas to take the mound.

Pitching against varsity level competition for the first time in his life, Kollas said that he did not have any nerves, though.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jesuits Matthew Kollas fires a pitch at Oregon City.

“I’ve learned the past couple of years it’s not how hard you throw,” Kollas said. “It’s how you locate and how you pitch, so I wasn’t very nervous out there. I was trying to locate, see how the hitters were reacting to my pitches and just throw.”

Kollas did everything and more that could have been asked of him. He went four 2/3 innings, gave up three hits and only one earned run. With Kollas locking down the Oregon City bats and the Crusaders coming to play at the plate, Jesuit came out on top 7-1.

“We used a (sophomore) who we hadn’t used in a League game and he pitched pretty well,” Massey said. “We played good defense. We didn’t have a lot of emotion in the first couple of innings. We were kind of flat. Then we got some energy going.”

Jesuit took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Chris Arpan led off with a double to leftfield. Arpan moved to third on a fielders choice and then scored on a wild pitch.

In the third inning, Ken Carlson stepped into the batters box with runners on first and second. Carlson got a fastball on the outside corner and got just enough of it to send the ball over the right field fence for a three run home run.

“It was an outside fastball,” Carlson said. “I was looking fastball and I just took it opposite field.”

Kollas got in a bit of trouble in the fifth inning. Oregon City loaded the bases with one out after a single, a walk and a hit batsman. A sacrifice fly to leftfield made the score 4-1.

After Kollas walked another batter, he was replaced by Carlson, who stopped the bleeding and got Jesuit back to the bench with minimal damage. Carlson would finish the game for the Crusaders without yielding a run.

“I pitched seven innings against Newberg on Thursday and I did well,” Carlson said. “I was just trying to carry on from that. I was trying to locate and throw with good speed and my slider was on today.”

Jesuit extended their lead in the fifth inning. Evan Haberle made the score 5-1 with an RBI double. Marco Altanese hit a grounder up the middle which was too hot for the Oregon City pitcher to handle and the score was 6-1. Tucker Hamilton finished the Crusaders scoring when he hammered a ball to leftfield that brought a run across the plate.

“We hit a couple of balls solid,” Massey said, of Jesuit’s rally in the fifth inning. “We changed our approach at the plate a little bit, had some good base running things and hit some where they weren’t.”

Massey said that the Crusaders have been making improvements this summer, even if sometimes Jesuit has taken a step back before taking a step forward. Monday, was clearly a step in the right direction for the Crusaders.

“They’ve made a lot of improvements,” Massey says. “It’s been an up-and-down thing. We’ve made good progression, but sometimes it’s a couple of steps forward and one back. But, then they’ve come right back. They’ve done some pretty good things. I’m pleased with a lot of the personal individual things they’ve done and how they’ve blended into the team. But it’s been a learning experience.”