ATHENA - A rain-soaked, muddy field caused the game between the Weston-McEwen and Mac-Hi baseball teams to be called after five innings here Tuesday afternoon, with the Pioneers winning the game officially, 8-3.
The TigerScots had opportunities to score and bring the game closer than 8-3 in the bottom of the last inning. The bases were loaded with two outs for W-M outfielder Riley Sederburg, but he flew out to right field.
The tying run was in the on-deck circle when the last out was recorded.
"I thought out guys battled well throughout the game," W-M coach T.J. Haguewood said. "We had trouble throwing strikes a bit, but overall the guys did well. The rain wasn't helping us at all."
Dallas Reich started the game for W-M and pitched three complete innings.
In the top of the fourth, with the game tied 3-3, the Pioneers broke through against W-M relief pitcher Nick Lively. Lively gave up a leadoff single to Pioneer Jake Morris, then walked three straight batters - all on full counts.
After walking in a run, Lively was pulled in favor of Calvin Thacker.
Mac-Hi's Dylan Shuler greeted Thacker with an RBI single to make it 5-3. Patrick Sheets followed with his second safety of the game and an RBI.
Troy Kessler, who homered earlier in the game, reached on an error and Kevin Cuellar punched a single to center field to score another run.
After batting around, the Pioneers were finally retired after scoring five runs.
"We were fortunate enough to get some runners on base and we were able to hit the ball in key situations to get them in to score," Mac-Hi coach Mike Garcia said. "I was happy with the way we played offensively and defensively. We came through in the clutch and when it was needed, both in the field and at the plate."
W-M jumped out to the early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, off of Pioneer starter Jordan Leinbach. Mac-Hi's Leinbach then settled down to hold the TigerScots scoreless in the final four innings.
W-M got its three runs on four hits in the inning. They had singles by three players and an RBI double by Thacker in the rally.
"Weston-McEwen has a good ball club," Garcia said. "Jordan (Leinbach) threw well against them and he hasn't gotten to throw that much this year. We wanted to see how well he would do, and he did a fine job on the mound today."
Mac-Hi's Kessler hit a solo shot over the fence in the top of the second inning to get the Mac-Hi scoring started. The Pioneers scratched out another run that inning, and a single run in the third.
"Whenever you hit a home run, it gives you a bit of a lift and it certainly helped our attitude in the dugout," Garcia said. "It lifted us to a level that we were able to bounce back and get some more runs."
Jose Aguilar had an RBI single, scoring Morris in the second, and the Pioneers scored the tying run without the benefit of a hit in the third inning.
"I think the boys were ready to play," Haguewood said. "We played well and battled the first several innings. Overall, we could have made a few more plays or a pitch here and there that would have changed the complexion of the game.
"We knew they (Mac-Hi) were going to hit the baseball," he said. "They're a good hitting club. We knew we'd have to come ready to play and it just didn't work out."
The TigerScots (9-3 overall, 5-0 in Special District 6 play) go back to battle Saturday at home at 11 a.m. against Irrigon and Mac-Hi (7-6 overall, 1-3 in Greater Oregon League action) travels to Ontario Saturday for a league doubleheader at noon.
Mac-Hi 8, Weston-McEwen 3
Mac-Hi 021 50 - 8 8 0
W-M 300 00 - 3 10 1
Leinbach and McCoy. Reich, Lively(4), C. Thacker(4) and Salter.
HR - Mac-Hi: Kessler.
Hits - Mac-Hi: Sheets 2, Kessler 2, Morris 2, Aguilar, Shuler. W-M: Salter, C. Thacker 2, Sederburg, Croswell 2, L. Thacker, White, Reich 2.