Oregon nips Mendota in regional opener

OREGON – Mendota and Oregon needed extra innings to decide their regional contest, with the Hawks pushing across a run in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 4-3 win over the Trojans in the opening round of the Oregon Class 2A Regional on May 15. Mendota bowed out with a 5-14 final record.

The Trojans took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the second when Oregon cut the lead in half with a run. Both teams went scoreless over the next two frames before the Hawks took the lead with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the fifth.

Mendota knotted the game in the top of the sixth on a Ryne Strouss two-out RBI line drive single to plate Justin Randolph.

The game remained tied after regulation and then Oregon got the game-winning hit off the bat of Gavin Morrow to pull out the victory in the eighth.

Mendota had 10 hits in the contest compared to six for Oregon. Dominik Stamberger collected two singles and a double, while Izaiah Nanez singled, doubled and drove in a run. Strouss and Owen Aughenbaugh had the other RBI for the Trojans.

All six of Oregon’s hits were singles. Nanez went the distance on the mound for the Trojans, giving up just two earned runs. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk. Mendota’s defense committed six errors, which helped Oregon’s cause.