Mac-Hi opens with rout of Vikings

The Pioneers end the game via the 10-run rule in the fifth inning as they pick up a 22-1 baseball victory over Umatilla Monday.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - The Mac-Hi Pioneers jumped on Umatilla early and often to win 22-1, in a five-inning game shortened by the 10-run rule.

"I didn't want to 10-run them," Mac-Hi coach Craig Angell said. "It just turned out that way. I wanted to play seven innings."

The Pioneers scored 13 runs in the first inning, batting around twice. Every Mac-Hi player reached base at least once in the inning, with 11 hits, two Viking errors and four Mac-Hi walks.

"I told our guys to start out on fire," Angell said. "I told them to be aggressive and swing at the first pitch. We did that to a ‘T'."

Mac-Hi starting pitcher Randy Romero struck out the first two Viking batters, gave up a single, and then ended the inning with another K.

The Pioneers' second inning saw two more runs up on the board. Jake Knight singled, and Ryley Croghan and Alex Ortiz walked to load the bases.

Patrick Sheets then struck out before Dylan Garcia cleared the bases with a double.

"We had our nose on the ball," Angell said. "We had a lot of good line drives and hits during the start of the game."

Romero made quick work of the Vikings again in the second inning. He struck out two and forced another two hitters to ground out.

In the top the of third innning, Romero forced two ground outs and finished with a K. Romero was relieved in the fourth.

"Randy was hitting his spots and looked real well," Angell said. "He also had good off-speed pitches."

The bottom of the third inning had Mac-Hi score seven more runs. Following a strikout, three consecutive walks loaded the bases, and a single knocked in two runs, leaving runners on the corners. Another strikeout ensued before Tucker Stringham singled in two runs. Four more Mac-Hi walks forced in three more runs before Umatilla could end the inning.

In the game, the Pioneers took nine free passes.

"We were popping the balls as the pitches came across the plate," Angell said.

After taking a 22-0 lead, the Vikings scratched out a run against pitcher Kevin Cuellar in the top of the fourth inning.

The Vikings flied out on the first batter, hit a line-drive double, walked and doubled in their only run of the game.

Cuellar finished them off with a fly-out and strikeout.

In the bottom of the fourth - Mac-Hi's final at-bat - saw the Pioneers reach on an error, fly-out and strikeout twice to end the game.

Mac-Hi's Ryan Bullock put Umatilla down in order in the top of the fifth with two strikeouts and a grounder to third.

"Pitchers Kevin and Ryan also definitely did really well," Angell said.

The Pioneers finished with 16 hits and 22 runs.

"We started two sophomores and two juniors," Angell said. "They did really well and filled in the shoes of the older kids. These were my best guys, the top nine that I've seen started, and they played well."

Umatilla 000 10 - 1 3 4

Mac-Hi 1327 0 - 22 16 0

Soto and Kautz and Romero, Cuellar (4), Bullock (5) and Croghan, McCoy (4).

HR - none.

Hits - Umatilla: Parker, Ash, Wilson. Mac-Hi: Good 2, Croghan, Ortiz, Salazar 2, Stringham 2, Knight 2, Sheets, Garcia 2, Romero 2, Hernandez.

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