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Roadrunners Take Care of Business

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The Linn-Benton Baseball team defeated Mt.Hood Community College in both of their games on Monday, May. 9. The Saints played both games today as the designated home team.* 

The Roadrunners improved to 17-7 in the NWAC South Region, and 30-11 on the season. The Saints fell to 13-11 in the NWAC South Region, and 27-14 on the season. 

In game one the Roadrunners defeated the Saints, 4-1.  Beaks Kian Hogan picked up the win, improving to 6-1 on the year. Hogan went 6 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 6 hits while walking 1. Brady Baltus picked up the save, going 3 strong innings in relief of Hogan, allowing only 3 hits. Baltus has allowed only two runs in his last 6 appearances. 

The Beaks offense took advantage of a plethora of errors from the Saints Defense. The Roadrunners scored two runs on an error and wild pitch. Roadrunners Michael Soper went 3-4 with a walk, and scored 2 runs. 

 During game one the press box also received an unexpected furry visitor. In the second inning he walked in on four legs, a smile on his face, tail wagging, and soaking wet from the recent rain showers. He was a golden retriever, who we later found out was named Apollo. He had gotten away from his house in the nearby neighborhood.  We want to assure everyone that after getting his zoomies out running back and forth between the dugouts, he was treated with lots of love and scratches in the press box. The multi-talented Apollo did a great job assisting the play-by-play announcer, scorekeeper, and live stats crew. After spending a couple innings in the box, Apollo was eventually reunited with his owners. Apollo was a very good boy. 

In game two the Roadrunners defeated the Saints 7-3. It took an extra inning of work to get this one done for the Beaks. Roadrunner Kaden Miller started the game on the mound for the beaks. Miller went 5 ⅔ innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 while walking 2. Dylan Rush picked up the win for the beaks, Rush went 1 ⅓ innings allowing 1 unearned run on no hits. A pair of unforced errors by the Beaks allowed the Saints to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. In extra innings the Beaks offense lit up the Saints bullpen, scoring 4 runs. Ethan Lindstrom led the Roadrunners with 2 RBI going 2-4, including an RBI-single in the extra inning. Chase Reynolds closed the door for the Roadrunners, striking out 2 in the bottom of the eighth. 

* The game was originally scheduled to be played at Mt.Hood C.C., but weather did not allow for this, therefore the Saints were allowed to be the designated home team and batted in the bottom of the inning.*

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