By Jeremy McDonald
PORTLAND, Ore.– The bats of North Salem took a while to warm-up against the Benson Techmen pitching and defense Monday afternoon at Walker Stadium as Will Tsukamaki and the Vikings defense kept Benson off the board.
After a scoreless first, North Salem got onto the scoreboard with a Jake Mason RBI Single and a error at first to make it 2-0 entering the bottom of the second before Travis Burger’s single increased it to 3-0 by the end of the third inning.
Head Coach Chris Lee told his team after the game that hey, we need to come out sharper than they did to start the game.
“It’s a good learning lesson because like coach said we can wear this game with a smile,” said Tsukamaki on the start of the game. “Just a lot mentally coming out of the gate and being mentally sharp and playing every team like their the Yankees.”
Entering the top of the fourth inning however, with two outs on the board, that’s when the bats just sparked up as they quickly turned that 3-0 lead into a 10-0 lead in a matter of a few strokes of the bat.
A Nathan Snyder hit here, Cameron Kallhoff hit there, Burger loads up the bases that soon was cleared by Zack Goodwin on a triple as the Viks were bringing in runs at a premium against Benson.
“It’s good because we started off a little slow and then we picked it up and just kept going,” said Goodwin as North Salem walked away with a 20-0 win over the Techmen to improve to 2-0 on the season.
And as they try to squeeze one more game in before going to California to play a few games against some out-of-state talent, Monday’s game allowed North Salem to see everyone getting some playing time as the North Salem 13 looks ahead to the next game in front of them.
“It’s good because everyone got to play and so everyone’s getting reps out there on the field and we can go down to California and compete,” said Goodwin.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald