McAlister and Defense Set Tone Early, Bats Coming Back To Life

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

CORVALLIS, Ore.–  Just one of the few times he’s pitched this summer league season, Cascade’s Kyle McAlister sure made the most of it finding a groove after a tough first-inning against the Michaels Toyota 18U Elites Saturday afternoon.

“I think it went pretty good, I feel like it could’ve gone better,” said McAlister who saw his team take a 6-1 lead in his three innings of work at Corvallis High School.  “But I just needed to find a groove and I didn’t find it until the third-inning.

“But, I pretty much threw strikes and they hit it and I fielded the ball and got the outs.  So, it went pretty good.  I got two innings where they didn’t score, they got decent hits.”

Though McAlister surrendered five hits, him and his defense clamped down and allowed just one run in as in the third inning, McAlister forced a fly-out and a double-play after two quick Elite hits to start the inning.

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The defense behind Withnell’s three-pitchers Saturday helped keep the momentum rolling when they took over offensively (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

But hey, the experience is good for the soon-to-be-Cougar Junior as the experience this summer will help him come spring when he suits up with Cascade again.

“I think it’s really helping because I’ll get confidence and if they hit it, then the other guys will get the ball and get the outs,” “So I’m getting the confidence and I’ll get the consistency of strikes and more pitches like curves and stuff like that, so it’s helping like that.”

Cougar teammate and soon-to-be-senior Jake Davidson accounted for two walks in the 11-5 victory on the road that snapped Withnell’s four-game skid, accounting for a run in the top-half of the seventh and in the Top of the Third inning.

The bats though, that’ve been relatively dorminate for the past four-days, awoke from their slumber and exploded for 11 Hits and with Max Long representing a team-high three of those hits and Chance Baacheller driving in a team-high four RBIs in the win.

“It was awesome,”  said Hunter BeDoya, who hit two of those 11 hits and one of the Dodgers 10 RBIs himself in Saturday’s game.  “To be able to hear the crack of the bat and the ball flying all-around the park, it was awesome.”

Withnell will be at it again, trying to build the bat momentum for a tough three-game series with Keizer Monday with a Sunday match-up in Corvallis versus Newport at 1pm.

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Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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