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La Salle handles Madras, twice


The Falcons unleash their bats for 17 hits at Madras; long ball wins at La Salle

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - La Salle senior Sam Eichhorn is greeted at the plate by teammates after hitting a home run in last weeks 4-2 win over Madras. The Falcons had three home runs in the game.Last week was a big week for La Salle Prep’s baseball team, as the fifth-ranked Falcons swept Madras in their Tri-Valley Conference baseball openers.

The Falcons routed Madras, winning 13-3 in an April 2 six-inning game at Madras; and they took care of business on April 3, winning 4-2 on their home field in Milwaukie.

The Falcons (9-3, 2-0) entered play this week tied with Gladstone (5-4, 2-0) and North Marion (6-5, 2-0) in first place in the TVC standings. They play at North Marion this afternoon, and at Molalla (3-9, 0-2) on Friday.

“I was happy as heck to go over [to Madras] and win the way we did,” said La Salle coach Mike Reed. “We’d been struggling with our bats, and Madras is a tough place to play....”

The Falcons stung the ball for no fewer than 17 hits at Madras, while La Salle left-hander Sean Hays (5 strikeouts, 3 walks), scattered five hits. Ten different La Salle batsmen got the bat on the ball for hits.

Senior infielder Cam Young headed the hitting barrage, hammering out a triple and three singles in four at bats, driving in two runs and scoring twice.

Other big sticks included: Grant Studdard (2-or-4, two-run double), Trey Norton (2-for-3, two-run double), Austin Vaughn (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Mike Duarte (2-for-3, 2 runs scored) and Chris Dowhaniuk (1-for-1, two-run double).

The 4-2 win over the White Buffaloes at La Salle was a battle, with Madras tying things up at 2-2 with two runs in the top of the fourth.

Studdard (2-for-3) and Norton answered for La Salle in the bottom of the fifth, both players driving the ball over the fence in left field for solo home runs.

The Falcons played long ball throughout the game, with Sam Eichhorn driving the ball over the fence in left for a solo shot in a two-run second inning, and Cole Devore plating Duarte with a run-scoring two-bagger.

Norton went the distance on the mound, striking out five and walking three, while giving up six hits.

“Trey didn’t have his stuff, but he got it done for us,” said Reed. “After they hit the two-run double in the fourth, he woke up and started throwing strikes. He was outstanding in the last 3-1/3 innings.”

Madras sophomore pitchers Devon Wolfe and Cody Shepard combined for five strikeouts and three walks, while allowing six hits.

The White Buffaloes played error-free ball, while the Falcons committed just one error.