Gresham breaks through for 6-0 win against Reynolds

BASEBALL - Justin Reeves hits go-ahead home run in the third inning
by: David Ball, Gresham pitcher Chris Hibler moved to 5-0 in league starts after his one-hit shutout performance Friday.

Gresham's baseball team stayed at the top of the Mount Hood Conference standings with a convincing 6-0 win against Reynolds on Friday, April 27.

The Gophers batted through the order and broke the game open with a four-run burst in the fifth inning. Michael Mehlhoff highlighted the scoring spree by surviving a run-down between third base and home plate. After dodging back and forth a few times, he broke for home and forced a Reynolds throw that ended up in the dirt, allowing Mehlhoff to slide across safely for a 4-0 lead.

'I was just trying to make a play,' Mehlhoff said. 'Any time you get caught like that you want to force them to make as many throws as possible.'

Reynolds tried for a desperate comeback by loading the bases in the seventh inning, but Gresham's Tommy Heater ended the game by running down a deep fly ball in center field.

Gresham's win sets up a first-place showdown at home against Sandy on Monday. Both teams enter the game with 8-3 league records.

Justin Reeves hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and Gophers' starter Chris Hibler gave up only one hit through six innings.

• In other MHC action, Sandy picked up a 6-2 win against Central Catholic. The Rams have lost seven straight after zipping to first place two weeks into the season.

Look for extended baseball coverage in the Saturday, April 28, issue of The Outlook.