Wilsonville baseball takes down Canby, wins 7th straight

Wilsonville earns its 7th straight victory over Canby as they take hold of the number 1 spot in the NWOC.


Greg Artman

Berkley Reents steps up to the plate for Wilsonville. Reents would help lead Wilsonville to a 6-3 victory over Canby in the 2nd game of the series.

To put it lightly Wilsonville had a tough start to the season– the offense looked sluggish, the pitching staff was unable to keep Wilsonville in the game, and the defense was not doing the pitchers any favors. However, since losing to Central Catholic on April 4th, Wilsonville has not lost since.

They started their winning streak taking down Bend and Grants Pass on the road by scores of 8-3 and 5-1 respectively. Then with the start of league play came 3 contests against Hillsboro which say Wilsonville dominate beating the Spartans 2-0, 4-2, and 15-0. The last of which saw Wilsonville combine for a no hitter and flex their muscles as they mercy ruled their inner league rival.

Next up was Canby, the Cougars came into the series 9-3 overall and atop the NWOC with a 3-0 league record. The Cougars were heavily favored going in looking to stop Wilsonville right in their tracks and back to the bottom of the conference standings where they had come from.

Instead through the first two games Wilsonville has been in control, taking victory by a score of 7-0 on Tuesday and 6-3 on Wednesday. Luke Haener took the mound for Wilsonville in game one throwing a master piece to the tune of a complete game shutout. In game two it was Wade Hagey who went six innings giving up two earned runs and three runs in total while Wilsonville scored in each of the second, third, and fourth innings.

Hagey commented on his performance after the game “It felt good started off strong but had some innings where I couldn’t find the zone, thankfully I had a great defense behind me to get me out of some situations.”

The key to Wilsonville claiming a W in 7 straight matches has been the starting rotation, riding the arms of Justin Schramm, Luke Haener, and Wade Hagey has worked out very well for Wilsonville.

Hagey said about Wilsonville’s pitching staff and how they have helped with the winning streak, “They have been dominant on the mound pumping strikes and the relievers have done a great job when they have come in, sitting for so long and then coming in and throwing strikes has not been a problem for them.”

On the offensive side of things Wilsonville is starting to become more consistent at the plate getting better performances from the likes of Mark Weipert, Berkley Reents, and Haener.

Cooper Adams said about the offense over the last couple weeks, “It has been a big confidence booster over the last few games we have been able to be more aggressive and string some hits together.”

Wilsonville’s third and final game of the series against Canby will take place on Friday night at 4:30 as Canby and Wilsonville battle it out as two of the top teams in the NWOC.