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Mustangs close on .500

The team hasn;t had 10 wins since 1999

MILWAUKIE - Milwaukie High's baseball team has dropped some close games in league. But the Mustangs last week continued on track for one of their best seasons in years, as they split with Wilson in nonleague play, bouncing back to top the Trojans 1-0 on Thursday, after losing 7-0 earlier in the week.

With Thursday's win, the Mustangs improved to 10-13 on the season.

The last time Milwaukie had as many as 10 wins in high school baseball was in 1999, when Milwaukie went 11-13. Milwaukie coach Brian Duhrkoop was a senior on that team.

The Mustangs (10-13, 4-10) close out the season playing a three-game series with Oregon City (12-9, 8-6) this week, and playing at Lake Oswego (14-7, 11-3) next Monday.

The Mustangs supported junior Nick Colaco with error-free ball in last week's 1-0 shutout of Wilson. Colaco struck out two and walked three in a 5-hitter.

Milwaukie scored the game's only run on a timely sixth-inning double by Brandon Miller. Travis Anders reached on an error, advanced on a groundout and passed ball, and scored on Miller's two-bagger.

The 7-0 loss to Wilson was a tough one. Pitchers for both teams threw no hitters, but five errors proved costly for the Mustangs.

Miller pitched for Milwaukie, striking out three, walking three and hitting two batters.