By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– The Summer Ball game between the Saxons of South Salem and the Celtics of McNary featured a bunch of back-and-forth battles Tuesday afternoon.
South Salem struck first, building a 3-0 lead before McNary answered back with a four-run inning to regain the lead at 4-3.
For Saxon starting pitcher Noah Ferguson, it was important for him and his defense to not allow that one inning to effect them as the scrawny Ferguson limited the Celts to one more run over the remainder of the game.
“Just knowing that we can come back, we’re a good hitting baseball team,” said Ferguson. “We can comeback from games, we didn’t hit our best in the Central game but we came back in this game, hit the ball pretty well I thought and got the win at the end.”
South added a run off a pass ball that brought Brayden Neuharth home to tie it at four before a run in McNary’s next series of at-bats gave Celtics back the lead and with both sides battling for insurance runs if your McNary or to take the lead if your the Saxons.
Soon enough, in the top of the seventh and down their final three outs of the ball game, South made their move for good loading the bases before tying the game at five apiece.
With a Elijah Enomoto-Haole bases loaded walk, the go-ahead run
“Seventh inning, best time to do it. But honestly, it just shouldn’t be the seventh inning, you have quality at-bats and you want to be in the game. It should be from the first inning and not the seventh,” said Danny Alvarado.
As newcomer Devond BeDoya from Salem Academy put it, it’s a learning process as they get use to new positions and new kids learn the system around them.
“It’s just a learning process. A lot of new kids, a lot of kids trying different positions, we’ll get there. But we’re still fighting,” said Devon BeDoya. “I think we did good. It was a tough game, a very good ballclub and we did come up short but we did all we can.”
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Photos By Jeremy McDonald