Milwaukie hardballers finish second in a 10-team, spring break tournament

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Milwaukie High's diamond men made a pretty good run here over spring break, winning four straight games before running out of pitching arms and yielding to Green Mountain, Montana, 15-0 in a 10-team tournament.

The Mustangs advanced to the final through victories over four California teams before meeting Green Mountain, which is one of the top big school programs in Montana.

They defeated Brentwood 6-4, Vasquez 13-5, Mission Prep 10-0 in six innings, and Valley Christian 12-2 in five innings.

'Five games in three days - our arms got pretty sore,' said Milwaukie coach Brian Duhrkoop. 'But we made a pretty good showing. It's been a long time since a Milwaukie team went 4-1 over spring break. I was pretty proud of them.'

The Mustangs hit the ball throughout the tournament, collecting no fewer than 44 hits in the five games. They even reached Green Mountain for four scattered hits.

And the Mustangs played pretty good defense, committing just three errors in their first four games.

Junior Daniel Brink pitched a 2-hitter in the shutout of Mission Prep, striking out three and walking three in six innings.

Sophomore Eric Purcell pitched a 3-hitter against Valley Christian, striking out six and walking one.

Junior Nick Colaco and senior Zack Daugherty fanned four while allowing five hits in the 6-4 win over Brentwood.

The Mustangs took command of the Brentwood game early, scoring five runs in the first inning on two walks, a hit batsman, a two-run single by Jordan Walker, a run-scoring squeeze bunt by Trevor West and a run-scoring ground ball by Jordan Entrikin.

Walker went 2-for-2 in an eight-run offensive attack, driving in three of the Mustangs' six runs.

Milwaukie rallied late to pull out the 13-5 win over Vasquez, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 5-5 tie.

Adam Frank got things started with a two-run single. Taylor Davis followed with a three-run home run that put the game on ice. Walker and West also had run-scoring hits in the pivotal inning.

West went the distance on the hill, striking out two and walking no one, while scattering eight hits.

The Mustangs cranked up their bats for 14 hits in their 10-0 pasting of Mission Prep.

Walker went 3-for-3, driving in three runs with a timely two-run double and a pair of base hits.

Frank, Brink and Davis (2 RBI) also had two hits apiece. Purcell had three RBI.

Purcell helped his own cause against Valley Christian, going 2-for-2, with five RBI. He got things started with a bases loaded double in a five-run first inning.

'I thought they competed pretty well,' said Duhrkoop. 'Mission Prep and Vasquez are the caliber of teams that we have to beat in order to earn a playoff spot in league.'

Milwaukie (5-4, 0-2) hosts Clackamas (5-3, 1-1) this afternoon, and the Mustangs play Clackamas on the road this Friday.

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