Keizer Defeats Australia To Start Willamette Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald

KEIZER, Ore.–  The Perth Heat Colts have a tendency to bring the aggression to their games once they find their rhythm  and they sure found a way Thursday again versus an American-team, jumping out to a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth inning.

But, the Keizer Crushers surely found a way to take advantage of their opportunities by turning the 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 about-face to turn momentum back in their favor for the time being.

“I thought that helped us a lot,”said  Tyler Colvalt. “We were struggling with their first pitcher, he got us out left-and-right and then we had that big inning and it really got our confidence up and the momentum.”

Perth, as they are known too, won’t give up without a fight and got the score to a manageable two-run ballgame with a few more offensive opportunities to go to make it more interesting to start the first-day of the Willamette Classic.

Keizer, after being slowed down by the Perth defense and pitching, found some momentum in the fourth-inning to turn the game into their favor (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

However, a few costly errors defensively late allowed the Crushers to ice the 8-3 game, the win too gets the sour taste of a 7-0 defeat to the Corvallis Gerding Builders Monday as Keizer improves to 5-3 on the season.

“I like it,” said Brycen Schumacher on the win.  “I think that we’re going to hit the ball well and focus up and do well.”

The Crushers will be back at it Friday at 5pm at McNary High School again versus South County.

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Photos By Jeremy McDonald



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