By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– It took a while for the Santiam Senators (3-0, 1-0) to put it all together, but when they did, it was pretty fun to watch.
At one point versus their league and home opener versus West Linn, the Senators were in a four all tie before going on a 4-1 tear to open up a 9-5 lead entering the sixth inning.
“We scored a lot and it pays off because we hit a lot in practice,” said Ryan Brown. “A lot of batting practice, we show up an hour and a half early to put in some work. It shows off when we score nine runs, we did good and we got the defense to back it up.”
The lone minor hiccup came in the Top of the sixth when West Linn capitalized with runners on base, but Brandon Gieselman and company settled in and ended the game on a 5-4-3 double play for the 9-7 victory.
“I was just trying to keep my composure, making sure everyone gets involved and not trying to do everything by myself,” said Gieselman, who pitched a three strikeout, complete game. “Not to be afraid to pitch to these guys and give them a chance to put the ball into play.”
To carry Wednesday’s success to the game Thursday, it starts the night before.
“Hopefully people don’t stay up too late playing video games,” said Brown with a smile. “Get a good night’s sleep and carry it over to tomorrow. Donovan (Stanley) will pitch a good game.”
Stanley, a Stayton freshman going into his sophomore year, will showcase his strong arm in Santiam’s first nine-inning game of the season. He’s not nervous one bit.
“Just play baseball,” said Stanley. “It’s just what I do, play third base and pitch.”
First pitch is at 3pm at Stayton High School.
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