By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Even the best teams have their off days.
It was hard pinpoint what went wrong Thursday afternoon for the Single A-Santiam Senators (3-1) against the AAA-Newport squad in their 14-3 loss, but it happens. Its baseball.
“We didn’t come to play today,” said Brandon Gieselman. “I think we need to live up to the competition, just come out and play, just play baseball that’s all we got to do.”
Brayden Neuharth said it was tough, but having faced similar talent with the Crushers in a doubleheader earlier this season, so they were familiar with the competition.
“It’s definitely tough considering cause we’re going up against, some of them freshman in college,” Neuharth started. “But also we played the Crushers, we played a doubleheader against them already and they got a lot of good players on their team so I felt like it wasn’t a huge surprised for us to play them, but it was definitely tough.”
The Senators tried to find some balance as they did during their first three games of the season.
Through three innings, Donovan Stanley allowed two runs but errors and hits at the right spot allowed Newport to increase their lead to 10 by the end of the Top of the fifth inning.
The Senators found some offense behind RBI hits by Jacob Haller and Brandon Gieselman to cut the 10-0 Newport lead to 10-3.
Though that would be the best offensive inning of the game for Santiam on the game, the boys in the red and white will turn this fire from Thursday’s game into motivation in Saturday’s doubleheader versus Roosevelt as the Senators look to avenge their first loss of the season.
“It’ll make us push to strive for success even more,” said Jordan Butler on the motivation.
Gametime for those games are 1pm and 3pm at Stayton High School.
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