Reynolds is poised to shake up the division as the Bruins hope to topple Clackamas for the top spot.
Longer days and the return of warm spring sunshine can only mean one thing: Mt. Hood Conference baseball is back. Last year’s conference was led by a dominant Clackamas High School team, but this year is wide open to challengers. Here are some Mt. Hood Conference games that should excite any baseball fan.
Clackamas High School vs. Barlow High School
At Barlow High School, 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12
The first meeting of conference leaders last year is expected to be a fierce competition. The Bruins only lost two league games last season, one to Central Catholic and the other to Clackamas. Clackamas surrendered their only league match to Barlow. What’s even more interesting is how each team managed to win. For Clackamas, it was defense that took them to a 12-1 league and 16-2 overall record. The Boys in Black and Scarlet allowed just 27 runs last year, the lowest in all 6A baseball. While Clackamas focused on solid defense, Barlow let his bats fly, racking up 180 points in last year’s campaign. It’s also very likely that whoever wins this game can finish the season top of the Mt. Hood Conference.
Central Catholic High School vs. Sandy High School
At Sandy High School, 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26
Sandy High School and Central Catholic are both hoping to take their game to the next level in the 2021-22 season. Last year, Central Catholic finished third in the conference with a 10-3 league record and a 10-7 overall record.
Sandy was right behind, finishing fourth and only managing a league record of 7-7 and an overall record of 10-9. Despite their record, the Pioneers managed to put up 132 points last season, which was tied with Central Catholics’ 131. The difference was in Sandy’s inability to stop opposing bats. The Pioneers allowed 126 points last year. If the Sandy boys want to take it to the next level, they’ll have to go through Central Catholic first.
Sandy High School vs. Reynolds High School
At Reynolds Middle School, 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18
Team Reynolds was the center of the pack at the Mt. Hood conference last year. However, with seven returning seniors with college experience, Raider head coach Kyle Swoboda believes this year’s team has the potential to shake up the conference. They’ll get their first real test when the Pioneers come to town on April 18. Last year, Reynolds had a league record of 5-9, an overall record of 6-11 and shared his streak against Sandy. If the Raiders have any hope of moving up the ranks, they’ll have to take out Sandy first.
Gresham High School vs. Reynolds High School
At Reynolds Middle School, 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21
The Gophers ended their 2021-22 campaign losing four of their last five games to finish the season with a league record of 5-9 and an overall record of 6-13.
Last year, the Raiders and Gophers were pretty similar. Both finished with league records of 5-9, similar point totals and points allowed. The mid-season game could be a good way for a team to recover from a disappointing start or to maintain the momentum of an early hot streak. The teams split their series last year into two very close games.
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