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Saints strand winning run at first base against rival Cougars

BASEBALL - Mt. Hood loses pair of nailbiters against Clackamas
by: David Ball, Mt. Hood pitcher Chris Vitus throws toward the plate during the Saints' 5-3 loss to Clackamas on Tuesday afternoon.

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.