Mustangs struggle on defense
They come up short in NWOC games with Wilsonville and Liberty
Milwaukie High School's baseball team dropped three games last week. But Milwaukie coach Phil Marchant was encouraged, because two of the three losses were in close games that could have very easily gone the other way.
Errors proved costly. The Mustangs committed a combined total of 12 errors in losses to Wilsonville (3-2 and 19-9) and Liberty (9-5).
I think the errors are just a matter of reps, said Marchant. Judging ground balls.
We need to cut down on the physical errors, Marchant said. But we're young, and we're getting better, game-by-game. We're going in the right direction.
Wilsonville took full advantage of defensive miscues in its 3-2 win, scoring all three runs in the first inning without a single hit.
Senior lefthander Randall Sam pitched a two-hitter in the loss, yielding just two base hits in seven innings, while striking out five and walking two.
The Mustangs went scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Gunner Murk (2-for-3, double) and Maxx True strung two hits together with a Wildcat error. Milwaukie had a runner at third base when the game ended with a strikeout.
Milwaukie committed five errors and Wilsonville had 10 unearned runs in last week's 19-2 loss to the Wildcats. Milwaukie pitchers also issued nine free passes in that game.
Seven Milwaukie batters made contact for hits in the loss.
The Mustangs outhit Liberty 8-6 in their 9-5 loss to the Falcons, but four Mustang errors proved costly.
Sophomore Aaron Wenger went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Mustang hit parade.
The Mustangs (3-7, 0-3) host Sherwood (5-6, 2-1) this afternoon and they travel to Sherwood on Friday.