Molalla High Indians Baseball News
The Indians high points of the season came from Sophomore Linden Mackenzie whose bat was hot all year long hitting .528 in league and .441 over the entire season. In addition, Junior Jeff Larsen hit .409 in league and .456 over the entire season. Others who contributed greatly to the Indians season were Sophomore Damian Pingo who hit over .300, Senior Braden Hibbs who also hit over .300. One of the biggest surprises came from Sophomore Dylan Wynn who hit over the .300 clip after being inserted in the Indians lineup just after league began. “We had hitters that helped keep us in a lot of our games, but we stranded 3 times as many runners this year as we did last year” stated Dantona. “You have to be able to deliver in key situations offensively or you just won’t win” concluded Dantona.
INDIANS END DISAPPOINTING SEASON
Molalla Indians OSAA Varsity Baseball season came to an end with mixed emotions from Head Varsity Baseball Coach Jim Dantona on Tuesday, May 15th. The Indians won their last game 11-1 over Blanchet Catholic on Tuesday but had a very disappointing league season ending up in 4th place with a 4-11 record in the Tri Valley Conference. “We just couldn’t put it all together this year” said Dantona. At times the Indians had spurts of the 2017 season where they finished 11-4 tied for first with Estacada, but overall, they were very inconsistent throughout the 2018 season.
But that isn’t the end for the year for the Indians, they will begin playing summer baseball May 29th in the Oregon Independent Baseball Association according to Coach Dantona. “We need to play as much baseball as we can and in this summer league we can continue our hard work, playing 5A and 6A teams which I believe can only make us better for next year” concluded Dantona.