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Pioneers are inconsistent


They handle McKay, but leave 11 ducks on the pond in a 12-1 loss to Central Catholic

Oregon City diamondmen split in preseason play last week, handling McKay 5-0, but losing 12-1 in a game with Class 6A power Central Catholic.

Austin Johnson was sharp on the hill in the shutout of McKay. The junior right-hander went the distance in a one-hitter, striking out two and walking no one.

Terrel Hood and Trevor Martin headed up Oregon City's offense, Hood with two hits and two runs scored in two at bats, and Martin with two RBI. Clay Valenzuela-Reece (1-for-2) scored twice.

The Pioneers only had five hits, but they put the ball in play often and made McKay pay for four errors.

The Central Catholic game was much more competitive than the score might indicate. Oregon City got 10 hits in the game, but the Pioneers as left 11 runners on base.

Hood (2-for-4) and Jack Powell (2-for-4) led Oregon City at the plate.

The Pioneers played error-free ball behind three pitchers who combined to strike out three, while yielding 15 hits and five walks.

Oregon City (5-6) was to begin Three Rivers League play this week with a three-game series with 2013 state finalist Clackamas (9-1-1). The Pioneers play the Cavaliers on the road this afternoon and at Oregon City on Friday. They play cross-river rival West Linn (5-6) next week, hosting the Lions in two of three games.