By Jeremy McDonald
MCMINNVILLE, Ore.–Game three of the McMinnville tournament for Santiam was a much-improved game than their Saturday morning game.
Led by six strikeouts by Ryan Brown in a game where he threw a career-high 120-plus pitch game, Santiam found themselves in a 3-all tie entering the eight inning.
Tension was building since the seventh as Mountain View shutdown a tough offensive output by the Boys and Red and Gray.
Tension built further entering the eighth following two Brown strikeouts and a Hunter BeDoya throw out to second from his catcher position that forced extra innings, the Senators bats were hitting as they were throughout the whole game.
For Devon BeDoya, he points the main difference between game one versus Glencoe and Game two versus Mountain View being them reducing on their erros.
“The improvement is really strong because we were really down with errors, we had no errors and that’s when we had the lead,” said Devon BeDoya. “All weekend long, we had errors and that cost us the game. So we picked up on that and we brought the sticks today.”
Thanks to timely hits and a well place bunt, Santiam had runners in reach for the lead with their dugout cheering behind them.
But, they couldn’t get one across before the inning ended.
As Brown and company walked to the field, the Senators were confident that they can force an ninth inning on the Thunder with the score still remaining at three.
They were confident that they can push Mountain View further.
It was not to be.
Two costly errors hurt the ebb and flow of Santiam as they saw the game-winning run come across the plate.
You saw the anger and frustrations in the faces of the Senators; they knew they had this game, they were right there, they were in it for the win.
“When your in that last inning and you’re like, ‘crap, we could’ve done this. We could’ve done that’, to you know, make a difference,” describe Greyson Hanowell on the game’s ending. “But really, you got to do good with what you have. Whether it’s a lot or a little and we try to make the best out of it, but sometimes it doesn’t go your way.
“We just got to live and learn.”
With their last game at Linfield College at 4pm Sunday of the tournament, the boys know they can end this game on a high note as they look to continue their undefeated streak in league, all they need to do is come together as a team.
“Everything. Solid defense, solid offense, solid pitching,” said BeDoya. “End on that high note.”
“I think we can end it on a positive note, (by) being a team,” added Hanowell. “Not playing individually and working together, keeping each other up.”
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