MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi unleashed 20 hits - including a pair of home runs by Jake Morris and a third off the bat of Troy Kessler - as the undefeated Pioneers pounded out a 22-10 nonleague baseball victory over Weston-McEwen here Tuesday at McRae/Ireland Field.
"The real test comes at Baker City," said Mac-Hi coach Mike Garcia, who will lead the 4-0 Pioneers into their first two Greater Oregon League games Friday against the Baker Bulldogs. The first game is slated for 2 p.m.
The Pioneers have now collected 64 hits in their four non-league wins. And Garcia, who is in his first year as Mac-Hi's head coach, attributes his team's fast - and explosive - start to last summer's 50-game schedule.
"That extra season is really making a difference," the coach said. "We have a group of kids and a core group of coaches working together, and you can really see the difference."
Morris slugged a two-run home run in the first inning Tuesday as Mac-Hi took a 4-2 lead, then clubbed a grand slam homer to highlight a 17-run bottom of the second after the TigerScots had rallied for a 6-4 lead in the top half of the inning. Kessler delivered his home run, a two-run shot, in the second inning as well.
Morris finished his day with two homers, a double and a triple and drove home seven runs. Kessler also singled twice and knocked in five runs. And Dylan Shuler contributed three hits while Alex Ortiz and Willy McCoy chipped in with two hits each.
Although Weston-McEwen pitching couldn't slow down the Pioneers, the TigerScots' offense produced 10 runs on 12 hits, including home runs by Eliot Salter and Dallas Reich. Salter had three hits on the day and drove in four runs. Aaron Speed also hit safely three times.
"It doesn't seem like a good game for us, but I was pretty pleased with the way we swung the bats," W-M coach T.J. Haguewood said. "You have to give Mac-Hi the credit, they did a good job and stung the baseball up and down the lineup."
Mac-Hi's Garcia called the TigerScots "the best of the three teams we've played so far." Mac-Hi swept a doubleheader from Pilot Rock and beat Umatilla in a single game.
The TigerScots, now 3-5 on the season, open Special District 6 play Saturday when they travel to Dufur for an 11 a.m. twin bill.
Mac-Hi is also in action Saturday when the Pioneers entertain Elgin in an 11 a.m. doubleheader.
Mac-Hi 22, W-M 10
W-M 240 31 - 10 12 2
Mac-Hi 4(17)1 0x - 22 20 2
Carson, McGill (2), Crosswell (2) and Salter; Cuellar, Morris (2), Sheets (4) and McCoy.
HR - W-M, Salter, Reich; Mac-Hi: Morris 2, Kessler.
Hits W-M: Salter 3, Speed 3, Reich, Crosswell, Burke, McAllister, McGill, Thacker; Mac-Hi: Morris 4, Shuler 3, Kessler 3, Ortiz 2, Garcia 3, McCoy 2, Sheets, Cuellar, Leinbach.