By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The bats this week for the Stayton softball team were on an absoulte tear.
With the lone outlier being the Philomath game that didn’t yield a run, they surrounded that game with 12 runs versus Newport Monday and eight versus Cascade in a heartbreak game that saw their rally fall short in the eight-inning game Friday.
“We were just relaxed, having fun and we were ready for anything, we were ready to go and play the game and do the best that we could,” said Sydney Maurer on how this week started with their bats with the Newport game.
And those bats continued into Saturday, scoring six runs in the first two innings behind RBI hits from Lydnsey DeSantis, Sydnee Neuharth, Emily Campbell and Maurer all contributed to the scoreboard entering the third inning.
“Today was really good, we really did carry the momentum over from yesterday and we showed what we can do and I just want to keep it going for the rest of the games this season,” said Maurer, who finished with a game-high four hits and pitched a complete-game four-strikeout game.
That’s when the youthful North Marion team that’s settled in and slowed the bats down defensively, and though they allowed four runs over the next four innings, it shows progression of the team as all the players that’s stepped in and filled holes from last years team are catching up to speed.
“I think since the beginning of the season we’ve already improved so much. Like within the first three games, we already improved and so I think we’re doing pretty well,” said the Lady Huskies Kyia Brooks. “So it’s a learning process.”
North Marion were able to produce hits, Samatha Baylie was able to produce three of the team’s five hits, the other two belonged to Ally Umbenhower and Emma Beachy as the Green Machine was able to make contact with the ball, but couldn’t produce anymore hits.
And though none of the five hits produce any runs, they broke the shutout as Melinda Chappell timed out a wild pitch to take home to make it then 6-1 in favor of the Lady Eagles.
With the season coming to a close this upcoming week, both the Lady Huskies and Stayton will meet again for a Wednesday Doubleheader in Aurora in between Monday and Friday games with the goal to end the season strong.
Brooks points to a positive attitude for team as the senior finishes off her high school career and for North Marion to finish the season strong.
“Honestly it doesn’t even matter about a win, as long as we stay positive and as a team and work as hard as we can and I think that’s what matters,” said Brooks.
With the Lady Eagles, it’s about carrying this mojo of scoring 30 runs in four games this week into the final stretch of the season.
“If we can keep our momentum up and go out like what we did like we did against Newport and do the same thing with (Yamhill-Carlton) and Newport again, I think we’ll get it,” said Maurer.
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