PENDLETON - The Beaverton Beavers scored all five runs in the fifth inning and held off a late rally by Pendleton to hand the Bucks their first loss of the season.

The Bucks scored twice in the seventh inning and had the tying run at third base, but fell just short, losing the non-league baseball game 5-4.

"We fell apart a bit in the one inning," Pendleton coach Steve Cary said. "Then we just waited too long to get it going, although I appreciate the fact that the kids made, I thought, a whale of a comeback.

"We were in it right up to the last out."

The Beavers (1-2) used four hits and Pendleton had an error as they jumped on starter Greg Beamer, who had held the Beavers to one hit through four innings.

The Bucks (4-1) got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning as Joel Gilliland delivered a two-out single ahead of doubles by Drew Van Cleave and Tyler Merrill.

Gilliland was hit by a pitch to open the seventh inning after Beaverton coach Mike Wantland sent out Trevor Fox to close the game.

Wantland said Fox is normally a starter, but needed the work as he recovers from tendentious.

"We've been working with him on pitching inside," Wantland said. "It really was a good pitch. It was just about a centimeter too far inside."

A one-out walk by Merrill brought Brian Nooy to the plate, who also drew a walk. Gilliland and Merrill each scored on wild pitches by Fox and he also walked Adam Whalen with two outs. With Nooy on third, Fox closed the books on Beaverton's first win of the season.

Wantland said it was good to get a win after close losses to Centennial and Lake Oswego.

Pendleton will host Astoria Wednesday for a noon doubleheader while Beaverton is playing Hermiston at noon today.

"We threw the ball around too much that inning," Cary said of the fifth inning. "We have to cut down the mistakes that we make in the field."

Cary praised John Levy for his pinch hit, Nooy for his overall play and Stewart Swearingen for his relief pitching after throwing in Saturday's win over Centennial, Idaho.


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