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Banks notches first victory of season

Baseball - Preseason draws to a close for Banks with a win, a tie and two losses
by: John Brewington, Banks sophomore Michael Nowak throws a pitch during last Thursday’s game.

Banks used a 12-run fourth inning to beat Scappoose last Tuesday and notch its first victory of the season.

Banks (1-6, 1-1) sent 16 batters to the plate in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game, scoring 12 runs on eight hits to breeze to a 12-1 win in both teams' Cowapa League opener.

Starting pitcher Jesse Hostynek inadvertently sparked the rally on Tuesday. Trailing 1-0, Banks senior Mitchell Engeseth led off the fourth with a single and head coach Wymon Smith signalled for Hostynek to lay down a sacrifice bunt. After failing twice to get the bunt down, Hostynek worked the count full and then belted a two-run home run.

The Braves built the lead to 4-1 with two outs, then broke the game open when eight straight hitters reached base on either singles or walks.

'It was good to get that one out of the way,' Smith said. 'It was our first win of the year and it was a good way to win one.'

Hostynek pitched five innings and got the win, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.

The return trip to Scappoose (4-4, 1-1) on Thursday did not go as well, however. Banks dug itself an early hole and lost 8-4. Michael Nowak got the start for Banks but ran into trouble in the second. The sophomore walked three batters in the frame and all three came around to score as Scappoose went ahead 5-0.

Banks would get as close as 6-4 in the fourth, getting RBIs from Alden Bayless, Nick Turner and Johnny Janisko. The Braves threatened again in the top of the seventh. Trailing 8-4, Banks loaded the bases with nobody out, but two strikeouts and a flyout ended the game.

'We battled to get back in the game, but we just couldn't get over the hump,' Smith said.

Banks returns to action this week with two games against Seaside (2-4, 0-2). Thursday's game will start at 5 p.m. at Seaside High School.