Mt. Hood CC pitcher Brandon Williams finished with eight strikeouts during a 3-0 baseball win over Western Nevada College on Friday. The Saints put up the winning run in the second inning when Sandy High graduate Marcus Blackmon connected for a double to bring in Jake Thran out of Barlow High.

The Saints were on their way to a doubleheader sweep after racing to a 7-0 lead in Game 2 only to have Western Nevada rally back to win 14-13 in 12 innings. Hunter Weiss led the Saints by hitting 4 for 6 with four RBIs. He scored off a Kendall Main single to put Mt. Hood up 11-10 in the ninth inning only to see Western Nevada knot the score in the bottom of the inning.

Ryan Degner hit 3 for 7 with two RBIs and Reynolds High grad Cody Childs went 2 for 5 and scored twice.

Western Nevada swept Saturday’s doubleheader 4-3, 9-3.

Mt. Hood plays at Columbia Basin on Saturday.

Schroder takes second in javelin

Sandy High graduate Makena Schroder, a freshman at Texas Christian, finished second in the javelin with a heave of 148-feet-2-inches at the Horned Frogs Invitational to start the spring season Saturday. Her best attempt came on her first throw, as she came up less than four feet out of first place.

Saints blank Grays Harbor 9-0

The Mt. Hood CC softball team put up five runs in the first inning and four more in the second to take down Grays Harbor 9-0 on Saturday. Courtney McCarthy led the way by hitting 2 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Lela Ciu also hit 2 for 3 and scored twice.

Saints’ pitcher Kristen Crawford struck out five to record record the shutout.

Mt. Hood CC moved to 12-0 on the season and is the only unbeaten team remaining in the Northwest.

Evans tallies assists in reserves win

Troutdale’s Steven Evans, a midfielder with the Portland Timbers, tallied an assist off a corner kick setting up teammate Jose Valencia for the winning goal in the 86th minute of a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders in a reserves match Sunday. The Sounders nearly scored the equalizer two minutes later, but a header deflected off the side post.

The Timbers reserves are next in action, Sunday, March 31, at the Colorado Rapids.

Winterhawks roll into playoffs

Six Portland Winterhawks scored a goal Sunday night as the team finished the Western Hockey League regular season with a 6-1 home victory over the Tri-City Americans at the Rose Garden.

The Hawks totaled 117 points, four better than their previous franchise record, and wound up with a 57-12-1-2 record, best in the WHL. The 57 wins were a franchise record.

Portland opens the playoffs against Everett. The best-of-seven series starts Friday at the Rose Garden. Game two is Saturday, also 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden.

The Winterhawks led their regular-season finale 3-0 after one period and 4-1 through two periods. Portland added two power-play goals in the final frame, first by Chase De Leo at 1:36 and then by Oliver Bjorkstrand at 18:03.

The Hawks also got goals from Ty Rattie, Paul Bittner, Taylor Peters and Keegan Iverson. Rattie also had two assists as he finished third in WHL scoring with 110 points (48 goals, 62 assists).

Brendan Burke went the distance in goal Sunday, making 24 saves.

Portland finished with the best regular-season mark in the WHL — nine points ahead of Eastern Conference top seed Edmonton.

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