By Jeremy McDonald
CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– One inning changed it all for the Boys in Red.
Entering the fourth inning, Santiam were in a 1-0 hole versus Central Point with Brandon Gieselman having four strikeouts and the defense turning a double play.
Then, as if something out of the ordinary occurred, unnatural of the Senators, they allowed five Comet runs to score as Santiam committed unnecessary errors and put the momentum fully in favor of Central Point.
The Senators battled though as they try to regain their confidence.
Jacob Haller got into scoring position, they turned a quick defensive fifth inning, Ryan Brown got on base; but nothing that would break the shutout.
“They were tough, we hung our head a little after that,” said Gieselman on that five-run inning. “We just needed to keep battling back and we couldn’t find our bats. Our bats weren’t really good today, so people kept hanging their heads.”
By games end, it was 10-0 in favor of the senior-heavy Comets; all but two players will be entering their senior year at Crater High school versus the young Santiam team that features mostly kids entering their sophomore and junior years.
Though defeated, the Senators are not done yet.
They will be back to Anhorn Thursday afternoon, at noon, versus a familiar foe:
The North Marion Huskies, who lost to Roseburg 5-2 after holding a 2-0 lead early. The Huskies Matt Robinson had six strikeouts in the loss, but North Marion will have roughly 10 to 11 players compare to their usual 14 or 15 and are without three normal starters.
“It’s win or go home now, so we just have to go in with the mentality that anyone can do it,” said Gieselman. “We just have to come to the ballpark and play tomorrow.”
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