By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The weather wasn’t as bad as it was Day One of the DeMarini Wood Bat Tournament Friday as the rain held off and the sun came out by the time that the Bracket Round of the bracket opens up Friday afternoon.
PDX LEGION 1 4, NORTH SALEM 2- It didn’t look pretty to start for the host Vikings with three errors in the opening inning hurt the Vikings as PDX Legion put up three quick runs.
Following a Zach Goodwin deep shot for a double along the first base line, Goodwin scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 3-1 entering the bottom of the third inning. Luna Reyes brought Will Tsukamaki home in the top of the sixth to make it 4-2.
The defense powered in and settled in. Holding Portland to one run in the remaining five innings as their offense picked up some steam.
Starting pitcher Sean Alvarado led that charge, picking up all six of his strikeouts during the final five innings of the contest.
“I think we took the momentum that we created from after the first inning that I think we can take it into the next game,” said Alvarado. “So after the first inning it was a slow start, so I think after those innings, we can take all the momentum tomorrow and win tomorrow.”
Down to their final three outs, Danny Alvarado hit a lead off double to start the inning, Goodwin got on via error at first, but North couldn’t complete the comeback against PDX Legion after a slow start.
As they await for their opponent for Saturday’s 4:30pm game, the North team are finding their groove with elimination from their own tournament stares back at them.
“If we just play as a team because right now we’ve been hit here, getting hits there, some guys making errors,” said Alvarado. “If we play as a team, do all that as one then we’ll definitely be ready.”
REX PUTNAM 12, PERTH HEAT (AUSTRALIA) 1 (5 INNINGS)- After having to wait an extra day to play the Perth Heat from Australia had their chance to prove themselves in their first tournament in the United States of America and first time playing as a unit.
“It’s tough, I mean they’re coming off about a 40 hours of travel just yesterday,” said Head Coach Steven Fish. “These kids never played three games in a day, some don’t play many doubleheaders as well. But it was a learning experience, they got a chance to see how fast the American game is. It moves a lot quicker than in Australia at this age so.
“These guys will bounce back, they’re resilient kids and we still have another 25 games left on this schedule so it’s going to be interesting to see how the go forward the next few weeks.”
Though 0-3 after Day One, there were some confidence building from the Team from Down Under by days end as they’re slowly getting to know each other on their journey of playing baseball in America.
Fish mentioned that this is the first time that kids from four Austalian cities, Dubahi and Qatar are playing together and he knows that that’ll come along with more experience.
“We just haven’t had enough time to work together as a team,” said Fish. “We just have to be aggressive, we were a little bit tentative. Most Like I said never played on American soil before and you could tell that they were a bit tentative and hitting their cuts and throwing the ball in from the outfield, throwing hard across the diamond and overall throw strikes.”
Fish’s message to the team was simple though entering Saturday’s games:
“They know they made those mistakes and they know they need to fix it and I said to the guys, ‘hey you know what we just need to throw the ball hard, run hard and swing hard’. Go do that and the rest will take care of itself.”
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Schedule For Day Three:
Game # 9 – 9:00 PDX Legion #1 vs Santiam Senator
Game #10 – 11:30 Rex Putnam vs N.W. Star
Game #11 2:00 Australia vs Loser game 9
Game #12 4:30 North Salem vs Loser game 10
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