By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.— Sprague-graduate Rory Lampe draws similarities between the Olympian baseball program that Luke Buccheit has ran the past few seasons Lampe has donned the Orange and Black to his new home up in Gresham with Bryan Donahue’s Mount Hood Community College program.
Saying that Donahue is a nose to the grindstone individual, similar to what he saw in High School as Lampe got introduced with his future collegiate coach while playing with the Portland Baseball Club’s 18U program this past summer.
“(It) was great because it meant that I was able to get used to his coaching style,” Lampe said. “Going to Mt. Hood I know I’m going to have to perform because it is one of the best Juco programs in the state.”
The Saints went 25-11 this past Spring in the regionalized play schedule, two years removed from reaching the NWAC Baseball Championships where they went 1-2 in bracket-play.
Lampe was mainly a reliever for PBC over the Summer. Picking up the valuable experience he needed as he continues onto this next chapter of his playing career in the Fall.
“It was really nice to play against all college level opponents to get used to the speed of the game, it makes everything that I do pitching have to be that much better,” Lampe said. “I am I am feeling that I am in a good spot overall. I pitched pretty well this summer although I did make some mistakes that I had to learn from but overall, I am feeling good about where I am at going into fall ball but from there I’ll have to find out and keep working.”
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