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Saints open league play by sweeping Storm

COLLEGE BASEBALL - Mt. Hood wins Game 1 in extra innings
by: David Ball, Mt. Hood catcher Jake Bishop fouls off a pitch during the Saints' 7-4 win against Chemeketa during Game 2 of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon.

SALEM - The Mt. Hood Community College baseball team opened its Southern Region season with a doubleheader sweep against Chemeketa on Thursday afternoon.

The Saints rushed to a 7-0 lead in Game 2 and survived some late scares to earn the 7-4 win and the sweep. Gresham graduate Justin Speer started the scoring with an RBI-double in the first inning, and teammate Justin Reynolds added a home run on the first pitch of the third inning to spark the early onslaught.

'We hadn't done that all year, so building that big lead was good for us,' Reynolds said. 'It got our confidence up, but it also became hard to focus.'

A series of errors allowed the host Storm to cut the gap to 7-4 by the fifth inning, but Chemeketa left the bases loaded twice down the stretch as its comeback fell short.

Mt. Hood won the first game 5-3 in extra innings, tying the game on a RBI-single by Sandy graduate Austan Mason in the ninth inning. The Saints won the game in the 10th on a two-out, two-run double by Brett Davis.

Look for expanded game coverage in the Saturday, March 31, issue of The Outlook.