By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– There’s always something special about hosting your own event like the one North Marion Baseball does at Bob Barack Stadium every year.
For seniors, its one last chance to play under the lights in front of the home crowd and with the Boys of The Sandlot one last time before league starts.
“It’s a pleasure,” said Dylan Doubrava. “Honestly it’s a blessing to be playing out here. We’ve been having crappy weather all week, I got a young group of guys around here; I pretty much get to teach them what I’ve learned for four years I’ve been here.”
Doubrava points to the young guys stepping up in the doubleheader when their name was called upon.
Fittingly though, following a pair of senior in Tanner Scanlan and Doubrava pitching in Game 1 versus Gladstone, it was a underclassmen in Grant Henry who pitched a gem in Game 2 versus Molalla.
The sophomore, proved he was like a senior almost as he fanned nine batters away from the batters box and just allowed one walk and a hit in six innings pitched as his offense produced 11 runs in the 11-1 win in the Tournament’s nightcap.
“Well, the last couple games I’ve pitched, I’ve struggled to find the zone early,” said Henry. “And this game, I just found the zone, make them hit it and just throwing strikes and make them get themselves out.”
Doubrava joked about how the Henry proved him wrong with the sophomore standing near him.
“Grant finally proved me wrong,” laughed Doubrava with his teammate right next to him. “I didn’t think he’ll throw a complete game. He had patience and he had rhythm going, and if he has patience and rhythm in a game, then he’s on top.”
Grant Henry’s twin brother Griffin, Nic Iliyn and Bryce Lemon all had two RBIs to help out the big guy on the mound in the second game as they cleaned up the field after a long day at the ballpark as they reflect on the success Tuesday.
“We came out a little slow in the first game, but second game we sure picked up on where left in Klamath Union coming up with 11 runs, again scoring 10-plus runs in two-games on Saturday,” said Doubrava. “All the buttons are being pushed and everything’s clicking.”
“We knew it was going to be tough two-games,” said Grant Henry. “But like Dylan said, we did come out a little slow in the first game, then we continued off of the Klamath Union game to this game, put up 11 and as a pitcher, it always helps having runs on your side.”
The weather forecast is forecasting rain Wednesday, but the Huskies are slated to play the Gladiators again at 6pm at Bob Barack Stadium.
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