By Jeremy McDonald
BOISE, Idaho– Coming off a tough day that was a learning experience to say the least entering Day 2 of the Tournament in Boise.
When the first-pitch happen at roughly 11:45am, the temperature was already pushing in the 80s in Idaho’s State Capital when the Withnell Dodgers took the field for the first pitch, but the heat didn’t bother too much to the Salem Boys as Tanner Sorensen’s home steal, Hunter BeDoya’s RBI single and a bases loaded walk helped Withnell build a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Sprague’s Cole Herschbach forced a 1,2,3 inning in the bottom half of the first inning with a double play and strong defense that resembled that of their first game yesterday at Centennial High School rather their Thursday night game.
“After the rough defensive game we had yesterday, I thought we came out and did what we needed to do,” said Nick Orlandini. “We made all the double plays we could, we made all the plays necessary and we just had a solid defensive game and Cole pitched a great game, so that was a huge help,”
“I forgot what inning it was that we put up seven, and after we put up seven, we closed them out and we did the job.”
Entering the fourth inning, up three and the Mercury continue to climb northbound towards the 102 forecast high; the Dodgers bats did the same starting with Tori Doten’s, bases loading, three-RBI double with one out on the board that started what would be a seven-run inning.
“I was trying to do something small, get some runs in,” said the Pacific Lutheran University-commit. “We were only up 3-0, but the guys rallied, before us, loaded the bases and I was trying to do something simple and it turned up something bigger than that, it was good.”
As the temperature pushed 98 degrees, Withnell continued and finished off a 10-0, five-inning game to improve to 3-0 in the tournament with Herschbach throwing a 50-pitch, three-hit, three-strikeout performance in a complete-game effort in the meantime.
And with the temperature forcasted to be another triple-digit day at 104 degrees Saturday, the goal is to go 4-0 and 5-0 in Day 3 of the Tournament when the Dodgers travel to Mountain View High School
“I think we need to have the same energy and stay on this roll that we are on,” said Doten. “I mean we brought it in from Salem on our league series, we brought it in from there and we just need to stay on this roll that we’re on right now.”
Some other notables from Friday’s game was Max Long going 2-2, Cameron Kallhoff and Will Tsukamaki both went 2-3 on the day with Tsukamaki picking up two RBIs in the game.
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