By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– South was suppose to play at Volcanoes Stadium earlier this season versus Sheldon before a scheduling conflict got in the way. Fast forward a few weeks and South got their opportunity to play at the Salem-Keizer stadium as they hosted McKay there.
And it was a awesome chance for the kids to see what it’s like to play there.
“It’s pretty cool,” said the Scots Alex Tavera. “Especially as a freshman, I wish my brother was playing in this game. It was pretty fun, I had a great time, I hope I could do it next year.”
Tavera’s brother Noah, didn’t play in the game Monday versus the Saxons.
Even someone who is a senior like South’s Tori Doten knew how special it was to be out there on that diamond.
“Oh it’s great. It’s a nice field, it was actually sunny today which is great,” laughed Doten.
Ryan Bangs gave McKay their only lead of the game in the bottom of the first before the Saxons scored 10 unanswered that included seven in the third inning as miscues by the Scots turned beneficial for South Salem to turn the tide of the game.
“We started off a little bit slow, but we picked it up in the middle and kept battling through out the day,” said Doten, who went 3-for-4 Monday. “And I think we picked it up throughout the season, hopefully we can keep it up.”
Though frustrated, McKay managed to build some momentum between the fourth and sixth innings as they held South to one run over those three innings and cut a 10-1 deficit to 11-4 entering the seventh.
Tavera said that there was confidence brewing as they hope to carry that over to Glimore Field to play South Salem again Tuesday.
“i liked it because once we started getting into the end of the game, we started to get better confidence,” said Tavera. “Just be more hyped, know what everything’s going to be at and just go through it.”
It’ll be the second of possible four (weather permitting) for the Scots, but Tuesday’s game will be the second of five for South as they look to carry this momentum into Game 2 versus McKay.
“Our pitchers started off good today so we just have to keep that going for the rest of the week,” said Doten. “Pitching is going to be important obviously with five games, just keep our pitchers rolling for the rest of the week.”
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