By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore. — After a tough, competitive game against Mt. Angel Tuesday, the Cascade Little Leaguer of the intermediate 50/70 team were back to the diamond against the team from Corvallis Orange.
After a tough first inning, behind strong pitching from Isaac Schnepp and Jace Korkow, the defense of CLL settled in for the remaining four innings of the game.
Offensively, CLL’s Gavin Bond got a late-game rally going for his team with a huge shot to center field for a homerun that gave the CLL Intermediate team their first run of their two runs in the contest.
And though the boys in Black battled, it gave them a great amount of practice as several of the members of the team will take part in the Crushers Tournament this weekend at the fields of Cascade Little League.
“It’s given us a lot of practice,” said Bond. “We’re trying to get better and go from there, trying to fix our mistakes. (It’s) just a lot of practice, fix our mistakes and play as hard as we can.”
Head Coach Chris Brown knows that having these two tough games will help them enter this weekend’s tournament and to finish the season strong.
“The biggest part about taking a game like this is: You can pick it apart and sit there and say ‘you do this’, ‘you do that’, but they’re 12 years old when it comes down to it,” said Brown. “They’re still little kids, they’re still learning. You just got to tell them, ‘we can do this better, we can do this better and we got to help each other out’.
“They’re doing really good, I’m really proud of them. They’re having fun, as long as you’re having fun and learning that’s the biggest part.”
Of their remaining three games outside of Memorial Day weekends Torunament, one of them is against this same time they faced Thursday.
And Brown’s boys can take away several positives from this first meeting for the second time they face the Orange.
“After the first inning, Isaac came in and really settled down and threw hard, threw great strikes,” “We made good plays. Then when Jace came in, that was a phenomenal inning, seven pitch inning, that was really good.
“Gavin, he crushed that ball, I mean he just crushed it. I thought we had a rally going, but we didn’t get it done.”
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