Gresham falls in endowment game to Sunset
BEAVERTON — Before Gresham plays host to Southridge in their first round playoff game on Monday, the Gophers got the chance to play in an extra regular season contest against Sunset.
Gresham fell to the Apollos by a score of 13-6 in their endowment game on Wednesday afternoon, dropping the Gophers final regular season record to 17-10. But even in defeat, Gresham head coach Ryan Miller was glad that his team got the chance to play a tune-up game before the postseason — even though the Gophers did not play particularly well.
"It gave us an opportunity to show us what we need to focus on for the next couple days," Gresham head coach Ryan Miller said. "We made plenty of little mistakes, like giving up extra bases here and there. (Sunset) swings the bat well and when you make mistakes, it turns into a crooked number in a hurry."
Gresham was actually the team that took advantage a couple of Sunset miscues early on. Hunter Snow got aboard in the top of the first thanks to a three-base error by Sunset pitcher Colman Newsom and scored moments later when Christian Figueroa got to first after an error by the shortstop. Figueroa came into score three batters later when Ethan Rose hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Gophers the 2-0 advantage.
But when the Apollos got their chance to hit, they punished Gresham starting pitcher Trevor Bless. Sunset got four runs on five hits in the bottom half of the frame, including an opposite-field three-run bomb by catcher Isaac Lovings — who had seven RBI on the day.
"I left too many pitches up and that is when their hitters were successful," Bless said. "Facing a team like that really challenges me to throw strikes and pound the zone."
Bless threw a scoreless frame in the bottom of the second, but that would be the only inning where Sunset would be held without a run. The Apollos got another run in the in the third off Bless and two more runs in the fourth off Evan Olson — who replaced Bless on the mound — giving Sunset the 6-2 advantage.
"(Sunset) had three or four guys in their lineup that really swung the bat well today," Miller said. "It was good though to get some of our pitchers, who haven't had a lot of experience, the taste of a playoff atmosphere."
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