KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–It was interesting to watch the Post 20 Dirtbags-Portland Barbers game Wednesday evening.
They, being Dallas, in a way, needed every single one of their 27 hits to outlast Portland as the Barbers needed each one of their 10 runs to keep up with Post 20’s hits.
They slowly found a groove offensively, and once they found their swat with the metal, they looked like the Dirtbags from Day one versus Willamette Valley with four runs in the third and five in the fourth to build a 10-5 lead entering the fifth inning.
“It felt good, we just knew to keep that positive energy up this whole tournament we’ve just been preaching energy and be the most energetic team out here in the State Tournament,” said Wittman, who went 3-6 with five RBIs in the win Thursday.”It helps everyone’s positive, everyone’s confident and hits come when your confident.”31
The Hit-Man added two more runs in the fifth inning to go with his RBIs from a Home run a inning earlier to make it three-straight innings in which they hung a crooked number on the board.
The defense, they bent and did not give in after going down 2-1 after the second inning as they only hung a zero once but did not give up more than two runs in a particular inning.
Logan Johnson, who looks like Jeff ‘The Shark’ Samardzija to a point, helped get the ball in play but also was responsible of nine of the Post 20’s 12 strikeouts in his start, spoke highly of how his defense kept within themselves despite the offense in front of them.
“Oh I loved it, I knew we would, we’re on a roll right now. As a team, that’s great,” said ‘The Shark’ Johnson.
Now the trick is to reduce the number of errors from five to more of a reasonable number for Friday’s game as they may draw the defending State Champions in Medford.
“I think we just got the kinks out and our infield is going to make sure we make every play tomorrow and get that first out,” said Wittman. “That’s all we need is that first out. Today, we took a couple of bad hops but that’s just part of baseball you know, but we’ll clean it up tomorrow and we’ll play our best baseball tomorrow.”
Interestingly, the last two days for the Dallas Post 20 ballplayers, they have combined for 37 runs and over 40 hits with three Home runs and they are already catching the eyes of those around them with their football-like numbers.
But, as you see them in the dugout and walking out, they are thriving in the opportunity in front of them with another big game tomorrow against the Champs in Medford at 7pm at Kiger Stadium.
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