PILOT ROCK, Ore. - Mac-Hi's Nick Watts had four RBIs and a home run in game one and pitchers Randy Romero and Patrick Sheets combined for a no-hitter in game two to sweep the Pilot Rock Rockets here Saturday afternoon, 6-4 and 7-1.
The Rockets pitcher in game one was Randy Copeland and he threw well, according to Mac-Hi coach Craig Angell.
"He had a lot of speed on his pitches and good breaking balls," Angell said. "It just took him awhile to settle down and we scored early on him. So that was good."
Watts had a two RBI single early and a two-run homer late.
"(Watts) has been coming up big for us this year," Angell said. "Getting base hits and big hits for us."
In game two, Romero pitched the first six innings, striking out 10 and walking three. Sheets came on in the last inning to pick up the save and keep the no-no intact.
"Romero could have finished the last inning," Angell said. "His pitch count was getting up there, though, and it was a cold day. So we decided to take him out. While Romero was pitching, he did very well to hit his spots and use his changeup - it was fabulous. Sheets came in with his good curveball and finished them off."
In game two, Jake Knight had three hits to fuel the Pioneer offense. Ryley Croghan and Jody Paez had two hits apiece.
The wins improves Mac-Hi's record to 6-1 on the season as they head into a league match-up with Baker 1 p.m. Saturday at home.
"The GOL is going to be especially tough this season," Angell said. "The other three teams in other league may be ranked in top ten to begin the season. But we are playing good ball, hitting, are down on the errors and we have guys who are throwing the ball well."
Mac-Hi 300 010 2 - 6 7 0
Pilot Rock 100 120 0 - 4 6 3
Croghan, Knight (5) and McCoy, Croghan (6). Copeland, Norquist (6) and Waite.
Hits - Mac-Hi: Goode 2, Watts 2, Salazar, Romero, Cuellar. Pilot Rock: Copeland 2, Cutler, Norquist, Lazinka, Bowie.
HR - Mac-Hi: Watts. Pilot Rock: Bowie, Copeland.
Mac-Hi 100 010 5 - 7 8 3
Pilot Rock 000 001 0 - 1 0 0
Hits - Mac-Hi: Knight 3, Croghan 2, Ortiz, Paez 2. Pilot Rock: none.
HR - none.
Romero, Sheets (7) and Croghan. Leasy, Bowie (6), Knight (7) and Waite.