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PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Kade Fast, Dallas edge West Albany in series finale

Central wins 2 of 3, ranked No. 5 in OSAA power rankings; Perrydale tops Santiam

Dallas’ Bret Moskal, right, tags out a West Albany base runner at the plate April 17. Dallas lost that game, 10-6, but won in Thursday’s finale.

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Dallas’ Bret Moskal, right, tags out a West Albany base runner at the plate April 17. Dallas lost that game, 10-6, but won in Thursday’s finale.

April 24, 2013

ALBANY -- After sustaining its first Mid-Willamette Conference loss of the season, the Dallas baseball team was disappointed, to say the least.

"That night, they were pretty distraught," Dallas coach Scot McDonald said after the Dragons dropped the second game of their series with West Albany April 17, losing 10-6.

"But it was kind of good to have them realize that you can't just show up and expect the other team to go, `Oh, Dallas is going to win.'"

The Dragons -- with another series-ending, dramatic victory -- didn't dwell on their defeat for too long.

Senior Kade Fast played the hero in Thursday's 5-4 victory, as he took over on the mound with two West Albany runners on base and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning and Dallas clinging to a one-run lead.

The occasionally-used reliever stepped up to the challenge, striking out the next three batters in order to give Dallas the victory and the series win.

"He's been in that spot quite often in practice and he's produced," McDonald said of Fast, primarily his team's starting shortstop.

"It was his turn to get onto the mound and he just made the pitches he needed to."

The Dragons defeated the Bulldogs 5-4 in the April 16 opener.

It was the second straight week that Dallas (14-2, 8-1 MWC) needed some late-game magic to pull off a series-finale win, after Scott Schepige's walk-off home run gave the Dragons a thrilling victory over Lebanon April 12.

The variety of Dallas heroes is a big reason why McDonald said his team has been able to be so successful.

Schepige (3 for 9, 3 RBI) had two home runs in the series with West Albany, including one in the first inning of Thursday's game. Jarret Peterson (6-0) continued his dominance on the mound in the opener, as he picked up his sixth win of the season. In the April 17 loss, Peterson added a home run along with Keaton Weaver, who hit his first long ball of the year.

Fast also produced at the plate, finishing 6 for 12 with a double in the three-game series, and Garrett Smith added several clutch hits of his own.

CENTRAL SWEEPS TAFT: With two big wins over Oregon West Conference foe Taft last week, the Panthers (11-5, 4-3 OWC) find themselves as the No. 5 team in the Oregon School Activities Association Class 4A power rankings. Central defeated Taft 12-2 April 16 and then beat the Tigers 10-1 Thursday for two easy victories. Branden Cutsforth and Chris Rech each picked up wins on the mound for Central, which tallied 32 hits for the week. Wes Riddell led the charge at the plate, as he totaled four singles, a double and a triple over the course of both games. Cutsforth (five singles), David Vidal (two singles, two doubles) and Kyler Fleming (three singles, double) also produced for the Panthers. Central lost to Stayton Monday, 5-4, to snap a four-game winning streak.

PERRYDALE DEFEATS SANTIAM: The Pirates picked up a huge 21-5 win over Santiam April 16, bolstered by a nine-run seventh inning. Troy Trembly had two doubles and Josh Hiebenthal added a double and a triple to lead the Pirates. Jacob Dunn, the game's winning pitcher, added a double to aid his effort. Perrydale dropped a pair of games at St. Paul in a doubleheader Thursday, losing to the Buckaroos' varsity squad 10-5 and then falling to St. Paul's junior varsity, 5-4. Cody Halverson had a double in the loss to St. Paul's JV team.