The sophomore right-hander fans eight in a 4-2 Falcon victory

STAYTON - La Salle High diamondmen rallied around Bobby Ragasa to dispatch with Stayton 4-2 in a Capital Conference baseball game played here April 2.

Ragasa went the distance on the hill, allowing only one hit and one earned run. The sophomore right-hander had eight strikeouts and two walks.

'Bobby was throwing strikes,' said La Salle coach Chris George. 'He didn't throw a lot of pitches. He had 59 strikes and only 24 balls.'

La Salle earned the win in the second inning, when the Falcons scored three unearned runs and built a 4-1 lead. Cam Mitchell had a run-scoring groundout and Duncan Mitchell came through with a run-scoring double in the pivotal frame.

Led by sophomore infielder Nick Dieringer (2-for-3), the Falcons had five hits in the contest.

'It was a gutty effort by Bobby to pick us up and put us on his shoulders the way he did,' said George.

The Falcons weren't as fortunate on April 4, when they dropped a 5-2 heartbreaker to Gladstone. The Gladiators stole the game in the top of the seventh inning, when they scored all five of their runs on four hits, a walk and two hit batsmen.

La Salle (7-4, 4-1), Gladstone (7-6, 4-1) and North Marion (9-3, 4-1) entered this week tied for first place in the Capital Conference standings.

La Salle hosts Estacada (3-10, 2-4) this afternoon, and the Falcons meet 10th-ranked North Marion on the road on Friday.

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