CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Baseball opens season with 5-1 victory over Stayton

STAYTON — Central’s baseball team earned a 5-1 victory over Stayton on Thursday.

Pitchers Humberto Alarcon and Peter Mendazona combined to throw 17 strikeouts. Jackson Holstad and Luis Amador each had three hits to lead the Panthers at the plate.

“Offensively, we struggled dearly but came to life in the sixth inning, scoring all five of our runs,” Central coach Reed Rainey said.

Central played Corvallis Tuesday after press time. The Panthers play at Corvallis Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. before hosting the Spartans Friday at 4:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL SHUTS OUT NORTH MARION: Central’s softball team opened the 2017 season with a 17-0 win over North Marion on Thursday.

Sydney Nash went two for three with three RBIs to lead the Panthers. Peyton Shimanek had two hits and four RBIs.

The Panthers played Silverton Tuesday after press time. Central hosts South Albany Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. and Crescent Valley Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The Panthers will compete at the Battle at the Beach tournament at Newport on Monday and Tuesday.

TENNIS FALLS TO DALLAS: Central’s boys tennis team lost to Dallas 7-1 on Thursday. Joel Robison defeated Hyrum Johnson 7-5-6-4 to earn the Panthers’ lone victory. Central played Woodburn Tuesday after press time. The Panthers host South Albany Thursday at 4 p.m.

TRACK AND FIELD OPENS SEASON: Central’s track and field team hosted Crescent Valley on March 15. Team scores weren’t available.

Sterling Hutchinson helped lead the boys with a first-place finish in the 200-meter run in 24.12 seconds. Isaac Burgett took first in the 400 in 53.92, Jaydon Aydelotte won the 110 hurdles in 17.63 and Josh Dickson took first in the 300 hurdles in 42.58.

In the field events, Alec Barba won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 8 inches. James Rand took first in the pole vault with a throw of 11-0, Peter Mason won the long jump with a leap of 19-9 and Xander Bailey took first in the triple jump with a mark of 38-6.

Launi Brent won the girls shot put with a throw of 29-1½. Lexy Anderson took first in the javelin (85-9) and Sophia Henke won the long jump (15-8¼).

Central will compete at Woodburn Wednesday (today) at 3:45 p.m.

GOLF TEAMS PLACE SEVENTH: Central’s girls golf team finished seventh at a Mid-Willamette Conference golf tournament at Mallard Creek on Monday. Abby Lovrien shot a 74 to lead the Panthers.

The boys took seventh at Trysting Tree in Corvallis. Andrew Love shot a team-low 89 to lead the Panthers.


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