KEIZER, Ore.– You heard Mike Godfrey after the first-game of their doubleheader vs the Post 20 Dirtbags, ‘that’s a big win’ with a giant grin on his face.
After three innings it looked as if the Dirtbags would just run away with the game up 6-0 on the Keizer Crushers, everything wasn’t going the Crushers way as it was for Post 20.
Behind Riley Hays outstanding plate-day in the first-game, the lead was reduced in half by the start of the fourth inning.
“It was about getting to their guy, getting him off the mound, attacking that fast ball, that was really important,” said Hays on throwing off the pitching by DeMarini Post 20.
With Austin Brown coming in for relief woth two-outs in the fourth, Brown settled in for a three-strikeoit game in six-and-a-third innings and continued to give his offense opportunities to mount the unthinkable.
“I knew I was struggling, I had to work on it and I knew if I kept trusting what I was throwing, keep throwing strikes, then my offense would help me out with the bats and the defense would make plays,” said Brown.
The 6-0 deficit became 8-5 soon enough, but a big five-run sixth-inning was the thing that got the momentum firmly in Keizer’s way.
Down 8-6, Brycen Schmacher tied it at eight with a two-run double that was followed by the go-ahead run by Noah Tavera as the Crushers led 10-8 after the sixth-inning.
With momentum on their side, Keizer prevented Post 20 from regaining the lead that they gained early in the contest, take Game one of the doubleheader 10-8.
“It’s kind of feeds the fire a little bit having one more with them,” said Hays on the win. “But yeah couldn’t get the bats going yesterday and that really hurt us and we really got after it today and put 10 up on them, it was good.”
The Crushers scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning of Game 2 of the doubleheader with two-runs coming off a Tavera triple in the inning to build a 4-0 lead entering the fourth.
But, like in Game 1, the early game lead did not survive, as the Dirtbags rally to take a 9-6 lead entering the bottom of the seventh-inning as Brody Wittman had a team-high four RBIs, three coming off a three-run Homerun in the Top of the seventh-inning in the 9-8 victory as Post 20 took the series two-games-to-one.
The Dirtbags Peter Mendazone struck out six in six-innings in Game two as Hunter Johnson added another two strikeouts in the win and to slow down the Keizer bats for the rally.
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