PHS pitcher Tanner Carr throws to Trojan Cannan Newman in the 5th inning when only two Quincy runs were on the scoreboard. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

High school ball teams finish league season

By Mari Erin Roth

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Sports Editor

 

Portola boys win double in doubleheader

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The Tigers wrapped up their season with an impressive pair of wins with Wolverines down the mountain in Biggs on the final day of permissible play, May 9. In game one the victory was wide, 18-6. Portola burst through the gate with 11 runs in the top of the first inning. Biggs was able to put 2 runs up in the bottom of that inning. The Tigers came back to score 5 runs in the top of the 2nd inning and added 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning before the Wolverines were able to add another 4 runs to the scoreboard. Neither team added any runs in the 4th and final inning.

Tiger runs were scored by Tanner Carr (3), Magnus Berg (2), Johnathon Moran (4), Cade Wilmer, Michael Stewart, Sean Sheridan (2), Cody Wilmer, Jackson Powell (2), and Emery Powell. RBIs were racked up by Berg, Cade Wilmer (3), Stewart (2), Sheridan (2), Cody Wilmer, Jackson Powell, and Emery Powell. Only five Tiger batters were struck out during the game. However, the Wolverines kept stolen bases to just one from Carr and one for Emery Powell.

Stewart served as catcher for the entirety of the game to freshman pitcher Emery Powell. Zero bases were stolen from Powell who threw 53 pitches to 20 batters in 4 innings. One Biggs batter was struck out. “Emery Powell pitched well in a complete game win in game one,” said Portola head coach Tim Brubaker. “Our approach at the plate was really good.”

In game two, the Tigers won 7-2 in a 7-inning game. The Wolverines held the Tigers to zero in the first inning and put their own mark up first on the scoreboard in the bottom of that first inning. Neither team scored in inning two. PHS opened up the firepower in the top of the 3rd inning with 5 runs. The Wolverines came back with another run in the bottom of the 4th inning, 5-2. Keeping the pattern going, the Tigers added the last 2 runs of the game for the winning and final score.

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Trips across home plate came from Carr, Berg, Moran, Cade Wilmer, Cody Wilmer, Jackson Powell, and Emery Powell. RBIs came from Moran, Stewart (2), and Sheridan. Cade Wilmer was the only Tiger to steal a base from the Wolverines.

Catcher Michael Stewart supported pitchers Jackson Powell and Johnathon Moran. Powell pitched 4 innings (18 batters) and Moran three (11 batters). Both struck out 3 Wolverines each. “Jackson Powell pitched well and got the win,” said coach Brubaker. “Johnathon Moran pitched the final 3 innings to get the save. Again our approach at the plate was good.”

 

Quincy and Portola tangle in a pair of rivalry games

The Tigers and Trojans played on each others home diamonds May 3 and 6. The Quincy boys won game one in Trojan territory, 4-1 and won the second game in Tiger territory, 13-5.

The Trojans were first to score May 3 in Quincy the first inning with a single run. They scored another in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The 5th inning brought a pair of runs to the Trojans score for a lead of 4-0. The Tigers managed a run (Emery Powell) at the top of the 6th inning of a game that ended after the scoreless top of the 7th inning.

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Quincy runs were scored by Ethan Crespo, Cannan Newman, Caden Hendrickson, and Ryan James. Two RBIs came from Hendrickson and one from Lancen Walke. Newman stole two bases; Hendrickson and James each stole one.

Hendrickson handled pitching for the entire game striking out 17 Tiger batters of 27 faced. Wow. That’s gotta be some kind of record. “I’m not sure if it is a record but it is very, very impressive,” said QHS head baseball coach Jake Hatzell. “It’s very uncommon. He pitched an amazing game, one of the best I have seen in High School.” Hendrickson gave up just 4 hits.

Portola catcher Michael Stewart worked with Moran 4 innings and Jackson Powell for 2 innings. Moran struck out 2 batters and Jackson struck out one Trojan batter.

 

Second chance

The rematch (game two) rivalry took place a few days later on May 6 in Tiger territory on the Portola newly refurbished diamond. The Trojans won, 13-5. The game was very tight for the majority of innings. Quincy scored first in the 3rd inning but it was a standoff in innings one and two. The Tigers held QHS at bay with a score of 1-0 until the 5th inning when the Trojans were cut loose and added 4 runs to their lead, 5-0. The Trojans took their lead and ran with it in the top of the 6th inning to add 6 runs, and the Tigers added 2 runs, 11-2. Quincy matched those 2 runs in the top of the 7th inning and PHS put up 3 runs in the bottom of the inning for the final score, 13-5.

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Runs for Portola were scored by Carr, Moran (2), and Emery Powell (2). RBIs came from Carr (2), and Sheridan. Carr stole a base and Cade Wilmer gave it a try. Stewart served as catcher for 3 Portola pitchers: Carr, Moran, and Emery Powell. Carr pitched 4.1 innings and struck out 4 Tigers. Powell and Moran each pitched 1.1 innings and Powell struck out 2 batters. “Quincy played just a little better than we did in the two games and congratulations to them,” said Portola head baseball coach Tim Brubaker. “I am very proud of my boys. They competed hard in both games.”

The Trojan runs came from Crespo, Jake Lees (3), Newman (3), Hendrickson (3), James, Walke, and Cameron Schmidt. Lees stole a base, Newman stole two, and Hendrickson stole one. James pitched 5 innings, striking out 9 Tiger batters, and Thackeray pitched 2 innings to strike out 6 batters.  “I have just been very proud of the boys and how much they have battled this year,” said Quincy head baseball coach Jake Hatzell. “They are coming together at the right time and I’m really looking forward to playoffs and seeing what they can do.”

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Tiger first baseman Jackson Powell reaches for an out as Trojan Johnathon Thackeray stretches for the bag.  Photo by Mari Erin Roth
PHS catcher Michael Stewart keeps a ball in play snagging a high pitch to Quincy’s Jhett Neer at the plate.  Photo by Mari Erin Roth
Head baseball coach Tim Brubaker encourages the Tigers during an infield meeting in the 6th inning May 6 in Portola. From left, Cade Wilmer, Michael Stewart, Johnathon Moran, coach Tim Brubaker, Tanner Carr, and Emery Powell.  Photo by Mari Erin Roth