By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Down to their final three outs of the ball game, the North Salem softball team found themselves in a 16-0 deficit after a slow start to the ball game as Sprague jumped on the Lady Vikings errors and timed out their pitches just enough to take advantage of during the first few innings of the game.
Then, entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the bats of North that have made their presences known on several occasions this year, came around with a few hits on the Olympian Defense.
That was followed by Bryana Hernandez snapping the shutout with a two-run single and Kaylynn Weston and Briana Vasquez added RBIs as the Viks made a one-out rally to as they made a rally to force one more inning at home.
A Fielders Choice picks up a second out at third base and a fly-out to shallow left field a few pitches later halted North’s six-run fifth-inning just short of continuing the game into the sixth-inning.
And you could sense that if the Vikings had another inning, started earlier, so on and so forth; that this game could’ve been entirely different than 16-6 final after five innings.
“It was good, it was expected, we’re a good team and if we came out strong like that at the beginning of the game, the game would’ve gone a lot better,” said Alexis Figueroa. “We just waited too long to jump on them and if we would’ve had another inning, I think we would’ve had it.
“”It was extremely frustrating because we know we’re better than how we were playing, so it was very frustrating, I know we’re better than that.”
Though their Head Coach feels the same way as his team does, Jay Elders credits this team with having a short memory as they have another game Tuesday at home.
“I told them to forget about it, short-term memory,” he said. “Tomorrow we come out and play McKay. Sometimes you got to let it run off your back. You got to let it go.
“The good thing with it, with them being a young team is that they forget pretty easily.”
The last time these two teams met on April 4, North brought the bats and the gloves in the 18-1 victory to extend their winning streak versus the Scots to five dating back to the 2014-2015 season.
And with this momentum from this fifth inning, the Lady Vikings have the mojo going as they look to push that streak to six as the visitors on their home diamond and remember not to take them for granted.
“We just have to remember that, just because McKay is not doing good, we have to come out like they’re the same team as we are and we have to remember that, we just have to jump on them,” said Figueroa. “We got to try to remember that they have the same skill level as we do and just jump on them.”