The Cubs came up with a dominant victory over Petrolia to kick off district play last Tuesday, before dominating a weekend tournament at Eula.

Olney 18, Petrolia 2

After a slow first inning which saw the Cubs and Petrolia scoreless on Tuesday, March 4, Olney bounced back in a big way to score seven in the second. In the third the Cubs added four but let Petrolia get on the board with two runs. After maintaining their 11-2 lead through a scoreless fourth inning, the Cubs added seven more in the fifth to blow away the competition.

Drew McVicker had a huge game for the Cubs, racking up seven RBIs in the five-inning match. He hit his first home run of the season early in the game, then followed it up with a grand slam for four additional runs. 

The Cubs ended the match with 16 total hits, including three each from Adam Gipson, McVicker and Brandon Bowden, two apiece from Justin Garza, Daven Lough and Dylan Hudson and one from T. Green. Of those hits, Gipson and Lough each had a double and Hudson smashed two. 

Hudson got the win for Olney on the mound, giving up just four hits in five innings. He walked just one batter and struck out seven.

Eula Tournament

Tournament action at Eula started on Thursday, March 6, and continued Saturday, March 8. During the tournament the Cubs recorded three wins and brought home the tournament title.

Olney 15, Graford 2

Once again this season, the Cubs handed Graford a big loss. In the Eula Tournament on Thursday, March 6, the Cubs posted 11 runs in the first inning, three in the second and one in the third to take and keep control of the match.

For Olney, hits were recorded by Garza, who was two-for-three with two doubles; Bowden, who was two-for-three with a triple; Gipson, who was one-for-three; McVicker, who was one-for-two; Hudson, who was two-for-three with a double and a triple; and Green, who was one-for-two.

Lough pitched the first three innings and was credited with the win. He allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out four. Acuna closed out the match in the fourth inning by striking out two batters.

Olney 21, Eula 2

Another match last Thursday saw the Cubs soundly defeating the tournament host team 21-2. 

The score was close after one inning, with Olney holding onto a slim 3-2 lead. The Cubs padded that lead with another run in the second and two in the third to enter the final inning up 6-2. Then in the final frame, Olney picked up the offense and posted 15 more runs for total domination of Eula.

McVicker took the win on the mound, striking out four and walking just one in three innings. Gipson finished the final inning, walking one and striking out three.

At the plate, Garza led the Cubs by going four-for-five with two doubles. Gipson went two-for-five with a triple, and additional hits were recorded by Bowden, who smashed a double; McVicker; Timmy Acuna; Hunter Abston and Lough, who also had a triple.

Olney 9, Hamlin 3

Hamlin was Olney’s final tournament victim on Saturday, March 8. The Cubs had control of this game from the first inning, running out to a quick 6-0 lead. Hamlin scored one in the second and both teams added a run in the third. The Cubs ended with a two-run fourth inning while Hamlin added just one to record a 9-3 loss to Olney.

Leading batter for Olney was once again Garza, who had a triple to account for one of his two hits in the game. Dalton Trouille also had a triple as his lone hit. Other hits came from Bowden, Lough and Zack Ballard.

Garza pitched 2.1 innings to start the game for Olney, giving up one hit and walking three while striking out six. Bowden took the mound for one inning, during which two batters were walked, and Trouille finished out the last portion of the final inning, striking out one.

This week the Cubs continued district play versus Chico and Bryson, and play at Perrin-Whitt beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.