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Molalla downs McNary 7-6, advances to consolation final

Molalla beat McNary 7-6 Saturday and will face Bend in Sunday's 9:30 a.m. consolation final of the Oregon Junior State Baseball Association championships at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis.


Austin Alexander went 3-for-4, scored one run and drove in another to help lead Molalla to a 7-6 victory over McNary in Saturday’s consolation semifinal of the Oregon Junior State Baseball Association championships at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis.

Lucas Ellis and Josey Swain added two hits each as Molalla used an 11-hit attack to eliminate McNary and advance to Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. consolation final against Bend at Crescent Valley.

Molalla broke a 3-3 tie in third inning when Ellis singled with one out, moved to second on a single by Alexander and scored the go-ahead run on Swain’s two-out single off McNary starter Tim Hays.

McNary got a run back in the fifth against Molalla starter Reed Aylett when Connor Goff led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a ground out, and scored on Trevor Gilbert’s sacrifice fly to right to make it 6-4.

In the seventh, the Indians picked up an insurance run when they loaded the bases with one out and Franco hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Aylett and made it 7-4.

McNary countered with two runs on one hit, a walk, and an error, but left the potential tying run stranded on base against Molalla reliever Aaron Alexander.

Aylett pitched five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Aaron Alexander worked the final two innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk.

In three tournament games, Molalla has scored 35 runs and batted .420 (42 for 100). The Nos. 3-7 hitters — Ellis, Aylett, Austin Alexander, Swain and Franco, in that order — are batting a combined .518 (29 for 56) with 21 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Swain has a team-high seven hits, while Aylett, Ellis and Austin Alexander have six each, and leadoff hitter Kurt Potter has five. Ellis leads the way with seven RBIs, while Franco has five, and Aylett and Swain have four apiece.



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