Friday's top five: The five biggest baseball and softball games from April 14
It was still cool.
It was still damp.
But it was still high school baseball and softball — the spring's almost uniformly lousy weather took a slight break on Friday and opened the door for Oregon's diamond athletes to get out and compete.
With all that going on, Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers were out in force to document a bunch of it.
Among the many games covered by Pamplin Media Group on Friday, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the state power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at Friday's top five games. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the Prep Baseball/Softball Tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab on all our websites.
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Clackamas senior outfielder's Kylee Giancola drove a 3-2 pitch back up the middle for a single that scored Aidan Roderick and Kylee Vanderbout, helping lift the Cavaliers to a 4-3 Mt. Hood Conference victory over the Bruins at Hood View Park in Happy Valley.
The hits just keep on coming for Glencoe, and so do the wins.
The No. 10-ranked Crimson Tide beat Liberty 19-2 Friday, April 14 at Hillsboro Stadium, and in the process collected their 10th consecutive win, fifth consecutive Metro League win, and improved to 12-2 on the season and 5-0 in league play.
From start to finish, Jacob Biesterfeld was in command of this game.
The Gresham junior threw six innings of shutout baseball on the mound and was 3 for 3 at the plate with two doubles and a home run as the Gophers dismantled second-ranked Clackamas 8-0. on Friday night. The game was originally supposed to be played at Gresham, but with the heavy rain in the afternoon, the contest was moved to the turf field at Clackamas High School.
You've heard the saying "You only get one chance to make a first impression," right?
The West Linn baseball team made sure not to waste that chance on Friday.
The Lions, playing at Lakeridge High School in Three Rivers League action, dropped six runs on the Pacers in the top of the first inning, added two more in the top of the second and used that early deluge to run away from Lakeridge 11-1.
Due to senior Harrison Grow's monstrous home runs, starting pitcher Jacob Matzat's stingy pitching and a third inning offensive explosion, the Sherwood baseball team upended Canby 11-2 and snapped a two-game losing streak Friday, April 14.