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Nationals take shutout into final inning to pick up first win at Regionals

Tyler Pederson's two-run single in the first inning proves to be enough as Gresham beats Wyoming 5-1 on Sunday night.


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: DEBORA MEHLHAFF - Greshams Greg Mehlhaff slaps a high-five with coach Jason Trickel after connecting for a hit. Gresham National picked up its first win at Regionals with a 5-1 decision over Cody, Wyo., on Sunday night.

Gresham got out to a quick lead when Tyler Pederson connected for a two-run single in the first inning.

Three runs late in the game stretched the margin to 5-0, as pitchers Greg Mehlhaff and Brett Falkner tossed five shutout innings and combined for six strikeouts.

Wyoming was down to its last out when a bases-loaded walk allowed it to end the shutout bid. Gresham's Tyler Linch struck out the next batter to seal the win.

The Nationals (1-1) take on Alaska (1-1) in a 5 p.m. game Monday, although officials are considering a later start to protect against temperatures that are expected to approach 110 degrees.

Gresham National jumped out to a quick lead before surrendering its pool-play opener 6-4 against Mercer Island out of Washington to open the Northwest Regionals on Friday night.

The Nationals took a 2-0 first-inning lead when Greg Mehlhaff smacked a double that put Tyler Linch in motion on the base paths. He was able to scramble home from first after a Mercer Island throwing error. Mehlhaff added the second run after a wild pitch.

But the Washington state champs bounced back to tie the score in the second inning and moved ahead to stay with a three-run spurt in the third.

Gresham closed to within 6-4 and brought the tying run to the batter's box in the sixth inning before a strikeout ended the game.

Look for updates online and expanded tournament coverage in the Tuesday, Aug. 7, edition of The Outlook.



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