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Falcons continue tough on the diamond

La Salle guys hit Breshears; Loryn Williams is near perfect for La Salle girls


Ranked third and seventh in the state respectively, La Salle Prep’s baseball and softball teams continued on track last week.

The Falcon guys upped their record to 3-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference (8-2 overall), picking up a huge 4-2 win at second-ranked North Marion. It was only the second loss in 14 games for the Husky hardballers, who had been riding an 11-game win string.

La Salle softballers won their tenth game in a row, improving to 3-0 in conference and 11-3 overall through a 7-1 win at Molalla.

La Salle’s win over the Huskies in baseball was all the more gratifying, because the Falcons faced the 2013 TVC “pitcher of the year,” Brock Breshears, who had led the Huskies to a conference championship a year ago.

“He’s a really good pitcher,” La Salle coach Jake Austin said of Breshears. “He’s a really smart pitcher. He hits his spots well. No free bases. And they play great defense behind him. He makes you earn everything you get. He throws a curve 60 percent of the time and you’ve got to be patient. Our kids were patient and that was huge for us [in last week’s win].”

Breshears didn’t walk anybody in seven innings and he had six strikeouts, but the Falcons reached him for eight hits.

The Falcons didn’t waste any time letting Breshears and his teammates know they were in for a game, as they put three of their four runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning.

With one down, senior Sam Wade (2-for-4) reached on a base hit, stole second, and advanced to third when senior Austin Vaughn reached on a rare Husky error.

Senior Kelly Krumm (2-for-4) then pushed one run across with a base hit. Following an out on a fielder’s choice, junior Mike Duarte (2-for-3), drove a double to the fence in right field, plating two more runs and putting the Falcons in the driver’s seat.

North Marion got a run back in the bottom of the first on a double, sacrifice bunt and run-scoring single.

La Salle added insurance in the fifth, scoring on base hits by senior Dane Maben and Wade, and another Husky error, an errant throw to first following a bunt by Vaughn.

Still, the game did not end without some drama. North Marion pushed a second run across in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, a base hit and back-to-back Falcon errors.

A passed ball then put runners at second and third with two down, and the winning run at the plate.

The next batter hit a blooper behind second base that had base hit written all over it. But Wade, playing second base, hustled to get to the ball and made a game-saving sliding catch.

“I thought the ball was going to drop,” said Austin. “That ball gets through and it’s a tie ball game.”

Junior Ian Basile was solid on the mound for La Salle, striking out three, walking one and giving up seven scattered hits in a complete game.

“Except for that seventh inning, that was the best game we’ve played all year,” said Austin. “Our pitcher had all three pitches working, and offensively, we did a really good job on their pitcher, waiting on his pitches, and taking the ball the other way.”

In games this week, La Salle diamondmen were schedule to face the Huskies again on April 21, and they had a home game scheduled with Molalla on April 22. They play Molalla on the road on Thursday, and they host Seaside in a nonleague game Saturday at noon.

Loryn Williams

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Loryn Williams came close to a perfect game in last week’s 7-1 win at Molalla in softball.

The junior right-hander struck out 16 and walked one in a one-hitter.

Molalla had only two baserunners. A runner reached on a full-count walk in the bottom of the fourth inning, and that baserunner scored on a line-drive double that flew just out of reach of La Salle’s shortstop.

Molalla only hit two balls out of the infield. The run-scoring double, and a weak fly ball that Nicole Schreiber flagged down in left field in the bottom of the seventh.

“Lauren dominated, and we got timely hitting,” said La Salle coach Walt Stockfleth.

The Falcons reached Molalla’s pitcher for eight hits and they scored runs in four different innings.

Junior infielder Makenzie Cook went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in three runs with a bases loaded double in the top of the second.

Williams, Sydney Chvilicek and Shannon Stockfleth also had run-scoring hits.

La Salle coeds were to meet Estacada on Monday and cross-town rival Gladstone on Tuesday (April 22). They entertain Madras this Thursday.



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