Mustangs split in openers

Milwaukie High School's summer baseball team split in last week's Junior State season openers, shutting down Gladstone 3-0, but yielding 6-1 at North Marion.

Nathan Wilson was at the top of his game in the 3-0 shutout of Gladstone. Wilson pitched a complete game, striking out five and walking three in a 3-hitter. It was the first shutout in varsity play for the senior right-hander.

'Nathan only threw 92 pitches and Gladstone never got anyone past second,' said Milwaukie coach Dan Lee. 'He wasn't bad in the spring, but this was his best outing by far. He was very dominating. He looked like a No. 1 for sure. He threw harder than I've seen him throw. He had good control, but he also threw it by some people.'

Lee said that Wilson thew his fastball, slider and change-up for strikes.

The Mustangs used timely hitting to score their runs. Junior outfielder Elias Brezai had a two-out, two-run base hit in the first inning; and senior T.J. Fisher had a two-out run-scoring single in the fifth.

'For our first game of the summer, we played well,' said Lee. 'We didn't make any errors.'

Mental mistakes proved costly in the 6-1 loss to North Marion.

'We had kids playing in positions they weren't familiar with,' Lee said. 'They made the routine plays, but they made some mistakes because they weren't used to playing their positions. Hopefully by the end of the summer, as they learn their new positions, they won't be making those mistakes anymore.'

The Mustangs return to action tonight at 6, when they play Canby on the road.

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