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Falcons shut down Valley Catholic, Y-C


Trey Norton and Sean Hays lead the way

Ranked third in the state in the OSAA power rankings, La Salle Prep’s baseball team put two more games in the win column last week, blanking Class 3A power Valley Catholic 2-0, and dispatching with the youthful Yamhill-Carlton Tigers, 11-1.

La Salle senior right-hander Trey Norton threw a 2-hitter in last Friday’s 2-0 rain-shortened, five-inning game with Valley Catholic, striking out five and walking no one.

La Salle senior left-hander Sean Hays, in his first action of the season, struck out eight, walked one and scattered three hits in four innings of work in Saturday’s 11-1 rout of Yamhill-Carlton, a game stopped after five innings by the 10-run rule. Junior Theo Peterson pitched the fifth frame, retiring the Tigers in order.

“Our pitching and defense have been pretty good,” said La Salle coach Mike Reed. “And we finally got our bats going [in Saturday’s game with Yamhill-Carlton]....

“We’ve only given up three earned runs [in six games].”

Friday’s game with Valley Catholic put the Falcons up against Valiant ace Carter Buuck. The junior left-hander had pitched a perfect game in an early season match-up with Scappoose, Reed noted.

“I thought we played very well against a good team,” Reed said. “Buuck is one of the better pitchers in the state. With that kid on the mound, they can beat anybody.”

The Falcons got only two hits off of Buuck and he struck out six La Salle batters in five innings. But Buuck issued four free passes, and the Falcons made him pay.

Cam Young drew a walk to lead off La Salle’s half of the first inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Vaughn, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored — with two down — when Valley Catholic’s catcher made an errant throw to first base following a dropped third strike.

Dane Maben drew a walk to start the third inning, advanced on a base hit by Young and a sacrifice by Vaughn, and scored on an infield single by Grant Studdard.

It was a combination of Hays’ pitching, hitting, and Tiger defensive miscues that allowed the Falcons to turn the game with Y-C into a rout.

Hays threw 63 pitches and 38 of them were strikes.

Vaughn (2-for-2, 2 runs), Studdard (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Young (1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 runs) led the Falcons at the plate, as they pounded out seven hits in four innings.

The Tigers committed four errors and four Falcon runs were unearned.

La Salle (4-2) plays Douglas and Newport this afternoon in a doubleheader at Newport.

The Falcons host Benson Saturday at noon. They begin Tri-Valley Conference play next week, playing at Madras on Tuesday and entertaining Madras on Thursday (April 4).