By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.–The Keizer Crushers pitching gave them a chance in both games of their doubleheader versus Corvallis Sunday afternoon.
Head Coach Drew Heard called Austin Brown and Josiah Gilbert their workhorses in the two-game, single-day series; and though they couldn’t get the ‘W’ for Brown, Hansen and Riley Hays both helped set up the marathon second-game for what was to come in thr bottom of the twelfth inning.
“When we decide to flip the table a little bit on this program, the idea behind that was that we’re going to have guys of character and they showed that today,” said Heard of their pitchers. “They gave us a chance to sweep the doubleheader, didn’t work out in Game one, Josiah went out with his stuff in Game 2.
“And then Riley Hays came in and finished it for us and gave us an opportunity to stay in it, Josiah pitched eight-innings and Riley went rest of the way so it gave us a chance to win it in the 12th.”
As the game entered it’s fourth-extra frame and having left base-runners on throughout, slowly they were there again as Hays came in clutch with the bat as much as his arm to set up the game winner as he sent a dribbler to shallow left field to put Jonah Geist on third and himself on first.
“That was huge for us you know in the extra innings, we were kind of slow in those extra four-or-five-innings or whatever it was, but it was huge to bring Noah up to the plate, he’s one of the bigger hitters in our lineup so yeah, it was pretty massive,” Hays said of his base-knock.
With Noah Tavera came to the plate, Geist was ninety-feet away with the game tied at one-apiece. Even a deep enough fly-out would win them the game.
He’ll admit that his hit on the low-pitch was a hard hack, but it was just enough as he sent the shot to rhe shortstop who then flicked it to the second base then to first where Tavera was running to for the inning ending double play.
Tavera would beat the throw for the win as Geist slide into home head-first for the 2-1 win
“I mean we were all tired, it took a lot of energy from us. But, I swung super hard but I was just trying to get out of here,” smiled Tavera on the hit. “It’s been a long day, but it was fun.
“It feel good, just got to come back and win the series tomorrow.”
With them facing the Gerding Builders of Corvallis again Monday in Corvallis, they need to come out aggressively across the board to get another big win over the Gerding Builders on the road.
“We just got to go out there and be aggressive and attack every opportunity we get, our pitchers got to stay in the zone and our defense has to help them out and we just got to get going with the sticks,” said Hays. “That’s what need to get done.”