Warriors Wallop Eagles, 14-4
Oakridge needed only five innings, last Thursday, April 16, to send visiting McKenzie packing as they slammed the Eagles with their worst loss of the 2013 Baseball season 14-4, the game called due to the 10 run mercy rule. Senior Eagle starting pitcher Victor Vidal took the loss as he gave up 9 runs, 6 earned, on 11 hits. Vidal struck out 3 Oakridge batters and walked 2 others. Fellow senior Blake Anderson was just as unfortunate in relief on the hill as he allowed 5 additional runs scored on 3 hits in the fifth inning. Neither pitcher had their usual backup as the McKenzie defense wasn’t sharp either; the Eagles collectively committed 7 errors on the afternoon. Offensively, McKenzie was led by Vidal, who hit a 2 run home run, his first of the season, in going 1-1 at the plate. Vidal also walked two times and scored 2 runs. Nick Ringler hit twice out of three plate appearances, earning 2 RBIs, both from a double. Even the Eagles base running was off kilter as Ringler was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple and Casey Mitchell was thrown out advancing to third on a batted ball to the pitcher. Mitchell hit 2-3 and Bailey Adams scored a run on a 1-3 day at the dish. No other Eagles hit in the game. With the loss, McKenzie slipped further into fourth place in the District 3 title race, 2 games behind Oakridge, Monroe, and Lowell, who are all locked in a three-way tie for 1st place with one week left in League play. The Eagles travel to Siletz Valley on Monday, May 6 and then return to Finn Rock to conclude their regular season schedule at home with a double header with Crow on Wednesday, May 8 and Monroe on Friday, May 10. The first Crow game starts at 3:30 pm. with the second game slated for a 5:30 pm. first pitch. The Siletz and Monroe games begin at 4:30 pm.
Siletz Valley Warriors Upend Eagles in 7th, 10-9
One thing is for sure, the McKenzie Eagles have had their fill of Warrior baseball teams recently. Four days following a loss to the Oakridge Warriors, McKenzie traveled to Siletz and lost to the Warriors there, 10-9. The win was the second of the season for Siletz (2-6) and the loss dropped the Eagles to 3-5 in District 3 League play with two regular season games remaining for both teams. McKenzie now finds itself in a position where it must win one of the two final games on its League schedule to insure a fourth place finish. Siletz, which finishes out with Lowell and Oakridge both at Siletz, lost to Lowell 3-4 and Oakridge 1-2, earlier in the season on the road. Two Siletz wins coupled with two Eagle losses would drop McKenzie into 5th place and could impact any Eagle post-season play. McKenzie led the entire game at Siletz and went into the bottom of the seventh inning with a 2 run lead but the Warriors rallied with a walk off single and 3 runs to complete the victory rally. The Eagles scored one run in the first inning and one more in the second inning before giving up one Warrior run in the bottom of the third inning. McKenzie responded with a 6 run outburst in the top of the fifth inning and led 8-3 going into the 6th frame. The Eagles scored one more run in the top of the sixth inning but gave up 4 Siletz runs in the bottom; the McKenzie lead narrowed to 9-7. Siletz kept the Eagles from crossing the plate in the top of seven, and with the momentum clearly on their side, the Warriors scored 3 runs to chalk up the League win. Offensively, McKenzie’s Victor Vidal had a banner day as he had 3 hits out of 4 plate appearances, hitting a double and a homerun, earning three RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Teammate Spencer Brown had his season best day at the plate as he went 2-4, had two RBIs and scored a run. Casey Mitchell was 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Josh Ness had one hit out of three at bats with a run scored, and Seth Burson and Blue Bloomer each had a hit on the afternoon. Blake Anderson, Bailey Adams, and Nick Ringler each scored a run for the Eagles. Siletz pitchers struck out 8 McKenzie batters and the Eagles left 7 runners stranded on base, despite McKenzie base runners successfully swiping five bases out five attempts. Defensively, the Eagles continued to struggle as they committed 6 errors. Eagle starting pitcher Anderson allowed 7 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. Relief pitcher Vidal entered the game in the seventh and took the loss on the blown save as he was credited with allowing the 3 runs on just 2 hits while walking one and striking out one more.
Harlan, Shepherd and Mahody Shine at Crow Cinder Classic
Eagle Varsity Track and Field athletes Shyla Harlan, Peace Shepherd, Jon Mahody and the McKenzie 4x400 Relay team all captured first place honors in their respective events at the Crow Cinder Classic Track Meet, held on Wednesday, May 1. Harlan won the Long Jump with a mark of 13-09.00, Shepherd again won the Javelin with a toss of 108-11, Mahody won the 1500 m. race with a time of 4:37.50, and the Relay team consisting of Alex Nastasiuk, Bailey Adams, Mahody, and Drew Hamlow won with a time of 4:00.86. Overall in the team scores, the Eagle girls finished 3rd out of six teams participating and the Eagle boys finished in fourth place. Host Crow won both the Girls and Boys team titles and Eddyville placed second in both. Other schools were Mohawk, Mapleton and Alsea. In the Girls Meet, Shepherd also placed 3rd in the shot put (29-08.00) and 5th in the Discus with a throw of 81-09. Teammate Makaila Hiddleston earned a 2nd place finish in the Shot Put (31-07.50), an 8th place mark in the Discus at 70-11 and a 9th place finish in the Javelin (79-04). Harlan also helped her 4x100 Relay Team to a 3rd place finish with a time of 59.61. Other team members were Hayley Jackson, Katey Totten, and Savanna LaVoie. Harlan also placed 4th in the 200 m. race (31.29) and 6th in the 100 m. sprint (14.53). Katey Totten placed 4th in the 100 m. (14.20), Hayley Jackson earned 8th (15.02), Savanna LaVoie placed 9th (15.54), Mandy Goddard finished 10th (16.10), and Angie Estep placed 12th (16.35). Other Eagle girls placing in the 200 m. were Totten at 3rd (30.97), Jackson at 6th (32.56), LaVoie in at 8th (34.54), and Estep at 9th (36.63).
In the Boys Meet, the Eagles 4x100 Relay team of Hamlow, Adams, Dorian Dilley, and Nastasiuk captured 2nd place with a time of 51.72. Dilley also placed 4th in the 200 m. race (26.76) and 5th in the 400 m. race (1:02.30). Adams finished in 4th in the 400 m. (1:01.69) and at 6th in the Long Jump (14-11.00). Hamlow was a 7th place finisher in the Long Jump at 14-06.00. Other Eagles placing were Dylan Garr in at 9th in the 1500 m. race (5:50.85) and 5th in the High Jump (4-02.00), and Nate Welch with a 12th finish in the Javelin (45-05), 14th finish in the Discus (45-06), and a 16th place in the Shot Put (18-06.00).
Mahody Claims 1500 m. Win at Sisters, Shepherd 2nd in Javelin Throw
Jon Mahody won the 1500 m. race for the 2nd time in a week, this time at the Sisters Rotary Invitational Meet against runners from LaPine, Burns, Grant Union, Mitchell and host Sisters. Mahody’s time was 4:32.24 with Tyress TurnsPlenty of LaPine second at 4:33.36. Mahody also placed third in the 3000 m. race with a time of 10:47.86 and helped his 4x100 and 4x400 Relay teams place 3rd in their respective races as well. The Eagle 4x100 team of Dorian Dilley, Alex Nastasiuk, Drew Hamlow and Mahody finished in 49.64 while the 4x400 team, with the same athletes, finished in at 4:02.14. Dilley also placed 4th in the 200 m. race and 8th in the 100 m. sprint (12.52). Nastasiuk also competed in the 300 m. Hurdles and finished 2nd (44.28). Hamlow placed 10th in the Long Jump (15-02.75). The Eagles Dylan Garr was a 6th place finisher in the High Jump (4-06.00) and a 13th place finisher in the 1500 m. race. Nate Welch placed 18th in the Javelin (55-00), 19th in the Discus (43-07), and 19th in the Shot Put (19-01.50).
Peace Shepherd led her team with the 2nd place mark in her signature event, the Javelin, with a throw of 106-05. Shepherd also placed 4th in the Shot Put with a toss of 29-06.50. Shyla Harlan ran to a 4th place finish in the 400 m. race (1:11.63), and an 8th place mark in the Long Jump (13-11.00), a 9th place finish in the 200 m. race (30.96) and also helped her 4x100 Relay team finish 4th with a time of 57.58. Other Relay team members were Hayley Jackson, Katey Totten, and Savanna LaVoie. Totten placed 5th in the 200 m. race (29.84) and 7th in the 300 m. Hurdles (57.42). Jackson was a 6th place finisher (14.83) in the 100 m. sprint and 13th in the 200 m. race. The other McKenzie finisher was LaVoie at 7th in the 100 m. (15.32) and 10th in the 200 m. (33.21). Both Eagle teams finished fifth overall in the team standings as LaPine won the boys meet and Sisters finished first in the girls meet. McKenzie will next participate in the Sweet Home Track Meet on Wednesday, May 8.
McKenzie Volleyball Fundraiser 4 on 4 Coed Tournament This Saturday, May 11
The McKenzie Varsity Volleyball Team is sponsoring a 4 on 4 coed volleyball tournament this Saturday, May 11. Funds raised on the day will help send the 2013 Varsity Volleyball team to a skills and development camp. Two males and two females, high school age and older, will make up a team, with some play restrictions on the males. Matches will be the best two out of three with a prize going to the Champion Team. Entry fee is $40.00 per team. The McKenzie High School Gym will be open at 9:30 am. Saturday morning and all teams must be signed in by 10:30 am. Tournament format will be decided depending on the number of teams entered. Team players and spectators are urged to BYOL (Bring Your Own Limousine, make that Liniment, actually Lunch). For answers extraordinaire and more information, contact Dan Brenner at 541-822-3659.
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