Croghan's five-hit day highlights Mac-Hi split

The Pioneers top Ontario 8-6 in the 2nd game of a GOL twin bill after losing the opener 17-4.


MILTON-FREEWATER - Ryley Croghan had five hits in six at-bats, including two doubles and a home run, and drove in three runs here Saturday as Mac-Hi salvaged a split with Ontario in a Greater Oregon League baseball doubleheader at McRae-Ireland Field.

Croghan, Jake Knight and Lupito Salazar had two hits apiece during the Pioneers' 8-6 victory in game two.

The Tigers won the opener, 17-4, despite three hits from Croghan.

Mac-Hi and Ontario remained tied for third in the GOL after Saturday's twin bill. Both teams are 1-3 in league, two games behind Baker and La Grande.

Josh Mejia (four) and Victor Martinez (three) combined for seven of the Tigers' 11 hits in game one. Each player socked a home run in the contest.

"Croghan went 3-for-3 with two doubles," Mac-Hi coach Craig Angell said. "But we couldn't get enough runs across the plate and ran out of pitching."

Starting pitcher Randy Romero threw a complete game in the nightcap. He scattered nine hits and struck out an equal number of Ontario hitters.

"He threw very well," Angell said. "He did a great job of keeping their hitters off balance and moved the ball around."

Mac-Hi hosts La Grande on Friday at 2 p.m.

First Game

Ontario 402 010 (10)-17 11 1

Mac-Hi 000 110 2- 4 8 3

Horn and Machuca; Croghan, Knight (5), Salazar (7) and Sheets, Croghan (5).

HR - Ontario: Mejia, Martinez

Hits - Ontario: Mejia 4, Martinez 3, Horn 2, Fields, Machuca; Mac-Hi: Croghan 3, Watts 2, Goode, Knight, Romero.

Second Game

Ontario 110 010 3-6 9 1

Mac-Hi 501 020 x-8 9 2

Martinez, Navarelle (1), Baker (6) and Sanchez; Romero and Croghan.

HR - Mac-Hi: Croghan.

Hits - Ontario: Mejia 2, Martinez 2, Sanchez 2, Navarelle 2, Trejo; Mac-Hi: Knight 2, Croghan 2, Salazar 2, Goode, Watts, Romero.


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