By Jeremy McDonald
CENTRALIA, Washington– With Fall chasing Summer into the twilight, the Boys of Summer still had one more go-around before the Boys of Fall come in for their shift in Baseball Northwest in Washington.
As the clouds rolled in off the Pacific on this mid-August afternoon, pool play was wrapping up; and the Oregon State 2018’s found themselves up a few when Owen Shellhammer (Corvallis) handed the mound reigns to Brody Woods (Stanfield) in the fourth inning.
Stiff, Woods worked through some adversity in the fourth inning before settling in during the fifth to help keep the momentum in favor of the OR entering the sixth-inning.
“I just try to grind through it , I had to show that I was better than that I could grind through something like that and get back from something like that,” said Woods on battling through the adversity. “It was pretty important, I didn’t do well that first inning and I just wanted to show that I was better than that and we were low on pitching so I had to throw at least one more for our team.”
But, when the game got interested to close out pool play for the Class of 2018 team when the bats finally awoke in the win as the Oregon State team, consisting of schools out of the Portland Metro-area, as they prepare for their seventh-place game versus Washington Southwest.
“It was nice to get the bats going a little bit and score some more runs, we didn’t score that many in the last couple of games,” said Dallas’ Treve Earhart. “It was good to get the bats going and pretty good defense helped a lot too.
“We just got to come out and get the bats rolling more, put up a bunch more runs and come back with strong pitching, throw a lot of strikes and give up a lot less free bases.”
Other members of the Oregon State 2018’s include Aaron Zavala (South Salem), Andy Schmitz (North Marion), Peter Menedoza (Central), Dylan Marsh (Eagle Point) and Tyler Rund (Grants Pass); Marsh (sixth) and Rund (seventh), closed out the win Saturday afternoon.
The Oregon State Team 2019 who was playing on the field next to the OS ’18 squad, featured North Salem’s Will Tsukamaki, South Salem’s Ryan Brown and Sean Alvarado and West Salem’s Noah Juarez and Lucas Stanfield finished pool play splitting their four-games 9-3, 0-11, 7-0, 1-4 as they enter the fifth-place game versus Washington East at 10:25am.
“We did ok. We just need to bring the bats, we just need to string a few hits together with out bats, score runs,” said Tsukamaki on trying to get the bats rolling Sunday for the ‘W’.
“I feel like if everyone is up-tempo, everyone’s talking, we’re all picking each other up being good teammates and then there’s nothing that’s going to keep us down,” adds Alvarado.
OREGON METRO 2019- Griffin Henry helped get the ball rolling on the bump with twin brother Grant’s bases-loaded walk early in the game made it 2-0 as the Metro squad rolled to a 5-2 win to go 3-0-1 in pool play as they enter the Championship game Sunday afternoon.
WASHINGTON PENSIULA 2019- North Salem’s Cameron Kallhoff, as a Pitcher-Only, saw some action for WP2K19 during Pool Play action and may see some action Sunday morning’s 8:10 game versus the Washington Metro team.
WASHINGTON SOUTHWEST 2020- Salem Academy’s Greyson Hanowell’s squad went 2-1-1 as they play Washington East at 1pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald