Rangers second at Snohomish tourney

Olympic College baseball coach Mike Reese called it “a great beginning to a long season.”

The Rangers opened the season by winning four of six games, placing second in the nine-team Snohomish County Colleges Baseball Classic at Edmonds and Everett.

“We played with tremendous heart and pride,” Reese said. “We gave all we had and set a high bar for ourselves this season. Every player on this team learned about baseball, life and each other (over the) weekend.”

The Rangers beat the College of the Caribou from Kamloops, B.C. 14-4, lost to Edmonds 4-2, then beat Lane CC from Eugene, Ore., 7-6, Everett 10-1 and Lane 9-8 before running out of pitching and losing 14-0 to Edmonds in the title game on Sunday, March 3 at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Freshmen Mike Dressler (.600, 10 runs, 2 doubles, triple, home run), Austin Hendershot (.450, 5 RBI, 3 doubles) and Kyle Anderson (.444, 7 RBI, two doubles, home run) led the Rangers offensively. Pitchers Jeff Berend (2-0, 11.2 innings), Scott Stockman (1-0, save), Hendershot (1-0, 3-hit, 8-innings) and Derek Winderl (5 innings, 1 earned run in no-decision vs. Edmonds) topped the pitching efforts.

OC had three come-from-behind wins, including the 7-6 win over Lane when the Rangers scored the winning runs in the bottom of the last inning on a double squeeze. With the bases loaded, Eric Peterson bunted, scoring Hendershot from third and Stockman scored from second when he somehow avoided the catcher at home and crawled on his hands and knees to touch the plate.

OC hosts Lane on Sunday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Legion Field.

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