GreyWolves take series opener
College Summer Baseball
It may not have been the cleanest game from the GreyWolves, but great starting pitching can nix a few miscues.
Zach Johnson threw a solid seven innings for Gresham on the mound, giving up just one run and striking out six as the GreyWolves edged out Showtime College Prep with an 8-5 victory on Wednesday night at Oslund Field.
"Zach's performance was huge for us because we didn't have to go to our bullpen early," GreyWolves head coach Pete Ness said. "We were a little sloppy at times, but he came up big for us tonight."
Gresham got the early advantage in the bottom of the first thanks to a RBI-single from Ole Arnston. Showtime came back with a run in the top of the third on a passed ball.
However, Johnson would be in command for the rest of his outing.
With an above average fastball to go along with his changeup and breaking ball, Johnson got through his seven innings of work on just 90 pitches. He credits his catcher, Dom Enbody, for calling a great game from behind the plate.
"Dom was great with calling pitches and he framed some balls really nicely for me," Johnson said. "I wasn't afraid to put the ball in the zone because I knew that my defense backs me up well. A little bit of run support was also really nice to work with."
In the bottom of the third, with the game tied 1-1, nine-batter Cam Vasquez led off the frame with a double into the alley in left-center field.
With a runner in scoring position, Trevor Nannini — a 2016 graduate of Gresham High School and a current player on the Mount Hood Community College team — followed up the double by blasting a two-run bomb over the left field wall to give the GreyWolves the 3-1 lead.
"I was behind in the count and I was just trying to do something to keep the rally going," Nannini said. "I wasn't trying to do too much except put a good swing on one. Luckily, I got all of it."
Nannini also singled and walked twice in the contest.
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