By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School varsity baseball team had its most recent outing called in the eighth inning due to lack of daylight Thursday, March 20.
The game may or may not be completed at a later date, but the Celts will be in the driver’s seat if it happens.
McNary continued its upswing after a loss in the season opener with an 8-6 tentative final score against Madison.
After a scoreless first inning, senior Hayden Gosling got things started with a double in the second inning. Tristan Mistkawi singled bringing home Gosling from third base. Then Connor Suing blasted a home run that scored Mistkawi and Travis Klampe giving the Celtics a 4-0 lead.
Madison scored two in the bottom of the frame, but the Celts answered with single runs in the third and fourth.
A four-run fifth inning for Senators knotted the game 6-6, but McNary wasn’t done yet.
Suing got on base with a double in the top of the eighth and advanced to third on a groundout by Mickey Walker. Jordan Barchus brought home Suing for the go-ahead run.
Suing went 2 for 5 with a double, a home run and an RBI. Connor Goff went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Gosling went 2 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
On the mound, Suing pitched three innings with seven strikeouts and two earned runs. Barchus closed out the game, until it was called, with five strikeouts and four earned runs.
The Celts were slated to compete in a tournament at Volcanoes Stadium Wednesday, March 26, through Friday, March 28, past press time.