Rams win opener in battle for Mount Hood supremacy
MHC BASEBALL - Codi Scanlon throws a one-hitter in Central's 3-0 win Monday
PORTLAND - Central Catholic rode the left arm of Codi Scanlon to a 3-0 win over Gresham on Monday at Concordia University.
Scanlon surrendered on hit on the afternoon when Gresham Mason McCoy beat out an infield chopper down the third-base line. He struck out the side twice and put down 11 batters for the game.
'We feel like we have one of the best pitchers in the state, and he carried us tonight,' Central coach Dan Floyd said. 'It was another close ballgame. We aren't blowing teams out right now, we're grinding out these two and three-run wins.'
Scanlon improved to 5-1 on the year with 62 strikeouts in nine appearances.
The Rams carried their 3-0 lead into the seventh when Gresham made its only real threat, bringing the tying run to the plate after Kadyn Nannini drew a walk and Travis Blanchard took a pitch in the shoulder. Gresham's Lane Stickell sent a shot headed for right field only to have it snagged by Rams first-baseman Jeremy Martin for the final out.
'Lane put the best swing on the ball that we had all day, but you really limit yourself when you leave it on one chance to get into the game,' Gophers coach Jason Krohn said.
The loss marked the first in league play for Gresham (6-1), while Central (5-2) has won four straight to get back into the MHC title hunt.
'This series is huge,' Krohn said. 'This is pretty much it to see who is going to end up on top.'
The three-game series continues Wednesday at a site to be determined, before wrapping up Thursday at Concordia. The impending Gresham-Barlow teacher's strike may force the Gophers to move their home game Wednesday to a different field.
Central moved into the lead in the second inning when Danny Brakebush hit a lead-off single and came around to score on Louis Pinder's sac fly to right field. Two batters later, No. 9 hitter Kevin Matheny sent an RBI-double down the left-field line to make it 2-0.
The Rams added a final run on Kael Kryger's RBI-single in the fourth before Gresham's Nannini turned a double play out of left field to avoid further damage.