By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– McKay’s Alex Tavera said after Monday’s game that there was some confidence brewing as South handed the Scots a 14-4 loss on how McKay responded well after a tough third inning.
And boy, they brought that confidence over to Tuesday’s game at Gilmore Park as they frustrated Ryan Brown and company, and behind an interesting third that featured a few double-steal attempts and errors by the Saxons, the Scots held a 2-1 lead entering the third inning.
McKay remained in the lead until Kaiden Doten brought Tori Doten home to tie things up at two by the bottom of the fifth inning, it was one of two Kaiden Doten RBIs on the game.
Then, the Scots pressured the sophomore Brown once more as they did during the opening inning with runners at second and third with no outs before Brown struck out two of the next three outs to set up a four-run sixth-inning to give South the lead for good.
“We had some people come in and lead a huddle and say that we need to get our head in the game and after that we did and we just need to come out from the get go not the 6th,” said Brown who struck out seven in six innings of work.
Those four runs were set up through three hits, two errors and a walk as denied McKay their first Greater Valley Conference win of the season as both teams wrap up Day 2 of their Marathon of a week.
South’s Head Coach Max Price preaches the idea of ‘taking pride’ in everything they do, but it took until the sixth inning for the Saxons to do so Tuesday, and it’ll be something they’ll be working on moving forward.
“I preached the idea of pride after the game, the idea of taking pride in everything that we do. The rest will take care of itself,” starts Price. “I don’t think we took a ton of pride in our game until we worked our way out of a jam in the 6th. I’m proud of the way we battled at the end and that we get learn with a smile on our face.
“I think we just need to come out with the same energy and effort that we had at the end of tonight’s game. If we can carry that over into our pre-game routine tomorrow, I think we’ll perform well.”
Weather permitting with this relentless winter, South will be hosting Forest Grove at Gilmore Park for a scheduled 5pm first pitch while the Scots will travel to West Albany Wednesday to play the Bulldogs at 5pm.
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