BASEBALL - Mt. Hood loses pair of nailbiters against Clackamas
CLACKAMAS - The Mt. Hood Community College baseball team lost traction in the Southern Region standings after a pair of heartbreaking losses to rival Clackamas on a frigid Tuesday afternoon.
The host Cougars pulled off the sweep with a 5-3 comeback win in Game 2, moving in front to stay when Ben Janal smacked a two-run double through the left side of the infield.
Clackamas extended to a 5-3 margin before Mt. Hood made its final charge in the seventh inning, loading the bases with two outs after Dylan Jones drew a walk. Teammate Kurt Snowley made solid contact in the next at-bat, sending a fly ball to deep center field, but the Cougars' Evan McGuirk moved quickly into position to catch the final out.
'We had a shot, but things just weren't going our way,' Mt. Hood manager Bryan Donohue said. 'Plus, Clackamas did a good job of shutting down our chances.'
Clackamas (9-3) moved into second place, while Mt. Hood (6-4) fell into the middle of the pack.
The Saints pulled off a sweep against Chemeketa 9-1 and 3-2 on Saturday, April 12.
Look for extended game coverage in the Wednesday, April 16, issue of The Outlook.