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Putnam diamondmen one-hit Milwaukie - twice


Martin and Deford shine on the mound

The Rex Putnam Kingsmen took no hostages in two baseball games with cross-town rival Milwaukie last week, defeating the Mustangs 22-0 in a one-hitter on May 6 and 8-1 in a one-hitter on May 7.

Sophomore left-hander Alex Martin pitched in the 22-0 seven-inning rout, striking out seven and walking four, while giving up an infield single to freshman Cole Roberts on a grounder to third in the seventh.

Junior lefty Sean Deford pitched in the 8-1 win, striking out eight and walking three in seven innings. Milwaukie senior David Ferguson doubled off the fence, driving in a run in the fourth inning, for Milwaukie’s only hit of that game.

The Kingsmen built their winning tally out of 13 hits, multiple free passes and five Mustang errors in the 22-0 shutout.

Heading up the hit parade were seniors Dylan Knoth (3-for-5, 4 RBI), Trace Loehr (2-for-4, double, 4 runs, 3 RBI) and Josh Bancroft (2-for-6, two-run double), Martin (2-for-6, 2 runs), junior Eamon Gallagher (4 RBI), senior Nick Edwards (3 runs) and freshman Sam Booth (3 runs).

Knoth (3-for-4) and Martin (2-for-4) headed a seventh-hit attack in the 8-1 win. The Kingsmen put three runs on the scoreboard in the first inning of that game, scoring on a walk, base hits by Knoth and Booth, and a Mustang error.

They put the game away in the bottom of the fourth, when Loehr smacked a run-scoring triple, Knoth had a run-scoring single and Martin rapped a two-run double.

Putnam (13-8, 10-4) entered play this week in third place in the Northwest Oregon Conference standings, trailing only Sherwood (16-6, 13-1) and Sandy (14-8, 11-3).

Riding a five-game win string, the Kingsmen were to conclude the regular season this week, playing Milwaukie (2-18, 1-9) a final time on May 12, hosting Liberty (17-6, 6-5) on May 13, and playing at Liberty on Friday.

“We’ve been playing solid all year,” said Putnam coach Jason Stanley. “Except for one bad stretch where we lost two close games to Sandy, we’d probably be a top eight team.”

Sherwood was ranked third in the state heading into play this week; Putnam and Sandy were ranked 14th and 15th respectively.

Hitting and baserunning have been strengths for the Kingsmen this spring. Led by Loehr (.510), Bancroft (.450), Martin (.348) and Knoth (.402), the Kingsmen had a .302 team batting average through play last week.

Loehr had 29 hits and 25 RBI, with two home runs, seven triples and 10 doubles. He’d been walked 24 times and he was 21-for-21 on stolen base attempts.

“Everything is an extra base hit for Trace,” said Stanley. “Even a walk is like an extra-base hit.”

Bancroft had 23 RBI and he was 21-for-22 on stolen base attempts; Knoth had 28 RBI and he was 15-for-16 on stolen base attempts.

The Kingsmen had 83 stolen bases as a team through their first 21 games.

Deford was the top strikeout pitcher, with a 3-2 record, a 1.38 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 30 innings.

Martin had a 4-4 record and a 2.08 ERA in 43 innings pitched. Senior Kyle McCuin had a 4-1 record, with a 2.56 ERA; senior Braynden VanWormer had a 3-1 record with a 3.6 ERA.