STAYTON, Ore.– Stayton made a huge statement Monday afternoon versus their rival Cascade in Eagle Territory.
Entering the game Monday afternoon, the Eagles (4-10, 2-5 Oregon West Conference) were sitting in sixth-place in the OWC-standings with the Cougars tied with Philomath on top of the standings in a virtual tie for first place.
Competing and as Head Coach Drew Heard put it, Playing To Their Potential, the game was in a virtual tie of itself at zero-all before Stayton took a 4-0 lead in the fifth that remained in tack for the remainder of the game.
Freshman Jordan Butler, who had a big double in the fifth inning, said that this win was very important for the rest of league play.
“It’s pretty important, I mean they’re our rivals and this is a tough team,” said Butler. “I think we can carry this for the rest of the season and have a good season.”
The game was gridlock in the early onset of the game with Kyle Jorgenson on the hill for Stayton.
With two three-up-three-down’s and strong defensive play in the other two innings, holding the Cougs offense that has averaged 4.7 runs a game since the start of league.
But eventually it was Stayton, not Cascade that got their bats going.
With two outs on the board after Ryan Brown’s single, Brayden Neuhardt got the bats going when he ran out a bunt to get on base safely.
What followed was four runs as the Eagles saw a 4-0 lead on their rivals from Turner.
They knew what could be coming. They knew the bats of Cascade were coming and they were ready for them.
The Cougars bats did come. With no outs in the sixth with the bases loaded, the Eagles got out of the jam three crucial outs.
Faced with a similar situation with two runners on base, Stayton also got out of that situation too with crucial outs to seal the shutout and seal the win.
“I like it, I like the pressure and stuff so it’s fun,” said Jorgenson. “I just come out here and have fun.
“I’m really trusty with my defense. I trust them a lot so I just put the ball into play and let them do what they do.”
Heard was talking about potential after the game and that it’s time for his team to realize what they have and go after it.
“With how many freshman we have, we aren’t freshmen anymore,” said Heard. We’re part of that year that we’re not freshman anymore and it’s time to step up, it’s time to get to the next level and they have the potential to do that. So, whether we can carry that onto tomorrow’s practice and Wednesday’s game, we’re going to find out.”
Jorgenson knows that Cascade will be seeking revenge for Monday’s lost on Wednesday in Turner, but they just need to come out like they did Monday.
“We just got to come out with a lot of intensity and put the bat on the ball and play hard as we always do,” said Jorgenson.
The rematch between these two schools will be at 4:30pm Wednesday afternoon in Turner at Cascade High School.