By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Man, what a game it was between Cascade and Stayton Softball Saturday afternoon between these two rivals.
Following their 17-1 loss to Yamhill-Carlton, the Lady Cougars cooled down the bats of Stayton that scored six versus Newport Friday behind Bailey Dysinger and her defense; but on the other side, Sydney Maurer and her Lady Eagle defense were doing the same thing by keeping Cascade away from the scoreboard.
“My mindset towards the beginning was that I need to pitch low so that they’ll make grounders for my fielders to field or pop-flys,” said Dysinger, who only allowed 3 hits while striking out four of her five strikeouts in the game.
The lone difference in the game entering the fifth inning was through was a Bailey Federcio single that brought in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth.
Then things got real interesting.
Kelsie Walker ties it at one with a RBI single that brought Lydnsey DeSantis home in the top half of the fifth inning.
After the Stayton defense forced a 1,2,3 inning in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles offense exploded as they’ve done so many times in the past this season as they took a 6-1 commanding lead over Cascade entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
“We just got our timinig back, whereas in the beginning we were struggling with timing because she is a slower pitcher, ” said Walker, who scored two of the Stayton five runs in the inning. “And so, it felt really good to come back and get those runs on the board, we really came together as a team on our timing and put them on the board.”
“That was amazing,” adds Emma Heuberger, who added another RBI in the frame. “Just seeing everyone having great attitudes, no one got down, everyone was pumped up and ready to go.
However, the Cougars weren’t going down without a fight to their rival of course. And sure they did respond.
Six errors and two hits later, Cascade found themselves back on top versus the Eagles 9-6.
“I think we were finally making our adjustments that we needed to. Going from the YC pitcher to this pitcher, they’re major differences; but it took longer than it should have to adjust to (Maurer’s) pitching.”
Coming out of the dugout for the top of the seventh, Dysinger knew she had to shut down Stayton again by doing what she’s done all game lone in going after the strike zone.
“My mindset towards the end was to throw strikes, I believe in my players to get the ball and make outs,” said Dysinger on the minset of the seventh inning. “It was pretty nerve-racking knowing that they’re our rivals and in inning six or so they were 6-1 and we came back with a fight.”
She did just that and got two outs in a hurry. The Lady Eagles managed to push the inning out a bit with a Sydnee Neuharth double and Emily Lindemann beats out the throw at first to have runners on the corners with two outs and the tying run coming to the plate in Heuberger.
But Heuberger would ground out to end the game as the freshman couldn’t beat out the throw at first base in time.
“It was kind of devastating,” said Walker on the game and that last inning defensively. “Because I felt like we kind of got down every time a error was made, it took a little piece of our energy out,” “I think that’s something we need to work on, keeping our energy up and our good attitudes. I think that’ll will help come back again.”
Both Dysinger and Woods both agree that their mentality entering the game versus Stayton was vastly different from that of their first game versus the Tigers.
Dysinger points to the negative vibes the team had versus Yamhill-Carlton compare to the Stayton game, as Woods pointed to the fight they showed in the Eagles game.
“I think it just shows the fight that we all have in us, not getting discouraged after a defeat like that,” said Woods. “Just wiping it clean from our minds and be able to move on to the next game and play hard.”
Stayton is on the road to Newport Monday for a 4pm first-pitch game while Cascade travels to North Marion Monday for a 4:30pm first pitch.