By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– After three innings of play between North Marion and Yamhill-Carlton were as quintessential Huskie baseball as they built a 5-0 lead on the Tigers and had YC on the ropes entering the fourth inning.
The bats were flowing, Grant Henry was finding his groove en route to a six strikeout performance.
But, slowly, a few hiccups along the way allowed the Tigers to get into a bases loaded situation with the big bat of Daniel Miller coming up to the plate.
Offensively, the focus that was there in the opening third of the inning was slowly dwindling as they let off the gas pedal.
“I think we lost focus, we were thinking too much about, ‘Oh it’s YC, we’ll be fine’ and just thinking about ourselves and being selfish with our at-bats and that’s kind of what happened,” said Henry.
“We just got to maintain our focus the entire game and not just here and there. One inning at a time…our motto is, ‘win every pitch, win every inning,'”
Though they were clutch when they needed to be clutch on defense, five defensive errors and 10 hits against the North Marion defense
“We didn’t play our sharpest game defensively but we still got every done, we executed right,” said Dylan Doubrava, who had two RBIs offensively. “Everyone was in the right spot at the right times, it’s just something would’ve fall. Just got a couple of things, some mental mistakes that we need to fix for next week.”
The clutch factor came through went they needed it to be as Miller grounded out to Bryce Lemon as the junior, from his shortstop position converted the ground ball to an out to Hunter Schrenk at first-base to put a stop to the late game rally that the Tigers were piecing together.
“I knew we had to get a groundball or get a out either way,” said Doubrava. “A groundball put it into play and so that’s what we got.”
The North Marion Nine know against Philomath will be tough and they’ll need to be mentally sharp against the Warriors as the Huskies sit a half-game behind both Philomath and Cascade for first-place in the Oregon West Conference.
“We just got to get right in the head, just mental preparation, everythings there physically we just got to be right in the mind,” said Doubrava.
From the offensive side, they need to remember their motto as they try to smooth out the edges for Tuesday’s home game.
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