By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– The rain has been relentless over Volcanoes Stadium the past few days and it didn’t let up much in Saturday afternoon’s match-up between Western Mennonite and Elmira.
Coming in waves of intensity, heavy at times, the Falcons jumped on the Pioneers 5-1 entering the third inning with Linfield-commit Sean Webster coming in for relief mid-way through the second inning looking for his groove as Western Mennonite looked to fight through the muk and grime of the weather to get their third win of the season.
By the third inning, the Pioneer defense got Elmira to go down in order with a ground ball and two Webster strikeouts as Webster saw something speical about this game.
“I’ve seen…never not giving up in this game. In some other games this season, halfway through, we go down…we just gave up,” starts Webster as he and his defense bend, but didn’t break against the Falcons as they held strong also in the top of the fourth inning. “But we battled back, went went through it and got the job done and obviously with came out victorious.
In the bottom of the third inning, that was when the bats roared to life to help get them back into this game and turned momentum for the better for the Boys in Blue.
A error brought in Western Mennonite’s second run. Sean Webster brought the game to within one with a two-run rbi double to make it 5-4. Brother Rylan Webster got on base and both shifted over to second and third off an error as the tying score came storming home.
Jordan Trammell gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game since Sean Webster took home off an error in the bottom of the first inning as the score now was: Western Mennonite 6, Falcons 5.
“It feels good, it shows that we actually can do when we’re focused and when we really want it,” said Sean Webster. “If we can keep that up, we’ll keep rolling for the rest of the season.”
Griffin Kuykendall’s sacrifice hit resulted in another run to make it 7-5 Pioneers as they scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning and Western Mennonite added a eighth-run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Confidence was riding high, but this young team was faced with their biggest challenge of holding onto the lead as Elmira got on base, but with runners in scoring position at second and third base, the Pioneers got out of the tight jam as the game was called after four-and-a-half innings with Western Mennonite bringing home the 8-5 victory.
Up next though, is a tough challenge for the Pioneers as they take on the defending 2A/1A Baseball State Champions in Knappa as they close out the Volcanoes Stadium Tournament
“We just got to stay focused, they’re good competitors,” said Sean Webster. “They’re going to play their A-Game, they always do and we just got to come out with our A-Game.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald