Thursday, May 18th Molalla vs Junction City

Indians Lose

Molalla 5 - Junction City 7

 

Molalla Indians Lose in State Playoffs

Indians Finish League Season with an 11-4 League Record Tied for First Place

 

The Indians ended their baseball season on Thursday with a heartbreak loss to Junction City 7-5 in 9 innings.  But the score says little about the great season that the young Indians team put together in 2017.  The Indians were one of the youngest teams in the Tri-Valley Conference but they certainly didn’t play like a young inexperienced team.  When league finished about 2 weeks ago they were tied for First Place with the Veteran Estacada team which was made up of 10 seniors.  It’s the first time in 22 years the Indians Varsity Baseball Team finished in first place, they last finished in first in 1995.

 

In their first play in game against Junction City the Indians fell behind quickly 3-0 at the end of 3 innings.  But as the Indians have done all season long they didn’t give up and fought back to get 1 run in the bottom of the 4th inning on a leadoff single by Senior Aaron Alexander who then stoled 2nd base and was moved to 3rd base on a ground out by Braden Hibbs and eventually scored on a single by Senior Wil Schaefer to make it 3-1.  But the Indians weren’t done yet, in the 6th inning Aaron Alexander was hit by a pitch and stoled 2nd base again, Wil Schaefer followed with another single to drive Aaron home to score the Indians 2nd run and put them only 1 run behind.  With 2 outs and Wil Schaefer on 3rd base Kolten Jordan followed with a single to right field to tie the game again at 3-3.

 

 

That was not going to prove to be enough though as Junction City would score 2 runs in the top of the 7th to lead 5-3.  Molalla just wouldn’t quit though and came back with 2 outs in the 7th inning with Back to Back singles by Aaron Alexander and Junior Braden Hibbs and then a run scoring single by Wil Schaefer that scored 1 run and made the score 5-4 with 2 outs.  With 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd and Damion Pingo at the plate, Coach Dantona called for a delayed Double Steal and with Junction City confused on the play tried to get Wil Schaefer in a rundown between 1st and 2nd which allowed Braden Hibbs to score from third base and tie the game up for the 3rd time.

 

 

In the top of the 9th inning with 1 out Junction City would score 2 more runs off reliever Senior Trevor Miles to take a 7-5 lead.  Unfortunately the magic had run out for the Indians as they went down 1,2,3 in the bottom of the 9th and lost 7-5.

 

 

It was the 5th extra inning game for the young Molalla team, but the end of the line for the 2017 season.  “This Team played with Heart all season long and did it again tonight” said Coach Dantona.

“Unfortunately we just ran out of time” repeated Dantona.  “No one gave us a chance when the season started but we finished tied for first and in the playoffs and I consider that a great performance and I am so proud of this team” concluded Dantona.

 

 

Aaron Alexander

Pitcher …. Shortstop

 

Returning Senior and All-League Player Aaron Alexander has a solid hold on the Number 1 Pitching spot while also playing a Solid Offensive and Defensive Shortstop.

Braden Hibbs

Catcher

 

Returning Junior and All-League Catcher Braden Hibbs will be a important part of both the Indians Offensive Pop and and Defensive Quarterback behind Home Plate.

Hunter Dublin

Pitcher…1B

 

Returning Junior Hunter Dublin figures to be the Number 2 Starting Pitcher plus an important Gold Glove at First Base.

 

Jeff Larsen

Sophomore Jeff Larson is a Gold Glove Third Baseman who adds speed and Offense to the top of the lineup.

kOLTeN JORDON

Transfer Kolton Jordon will add a Superb Glove and Range to an exciting Outfield.

 

Aaron Alexander

Aaron Alexander will be counted on for his consistent Bat from the left side both for Average and Power.

Will Schaefer

Senior Will Schaefer will be a Solid Center Fielder that is expected to add a lot to the Indians Offense.

Good Things Predicted For Indians Varsity Baseball

 

After a very productive Spring Training things are looking up for the Molalla Indians Varsity Baseball Team. With Seniors Aaron Alexander, Trevor Miles and Will Schaefer pacing the Indians in 2017, Juniors Braden Hibbs, Hunter Dublin, Mathew Roark and Kolten Jordon figure to add considerable strength to a strong offensive Indians team. In addition, the Varsity has 4 exceptional Freshmen in Damian Pingo, Linden Mackenzie, Carson Donaldson and outstanding Freshman Casey Brooks.

 

New Head Coach Jim Dantona said “I am very excited about our chances this year in the Tri Valley League”. “I believe we have a very explosive offense and a good depth of pitchers.”

 

Led by Senior Ace Aaron Alexander on the Mound and followed by Junior pitcher Hunter Dublin the Indians have an exceptional 1-2 punch.  In addition, lined up behind them are Senior Trevor Miles, Sophomore Jeff Larsen, Juniors Matt Roark and Freshmen Damian Pingo and Linden Mackenzie.

 

2017 ROSTER

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  Aaron Alexander

  Trevor Miles

  Will Schaefer

  Alex Hopkins

  Braden Hibbs

  Hunter Dublin

  Kolten Jordon

  Matt Roark

  Jeff Larsen

  Matt Stephens

  Casey Brooks

  Silverio Lopez

  Damian Pingo

  Carson Donaldson

  Linden Mackenzie

Head Coach - Jim Dantona

Assistant Coaches

- Troy Donaldson -

- Matt Pingo -

- Jeff Larsen -

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