By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Amity had to turn-and-burn Tuesday as they had the two early bird games of the North Medford Spring Break Invitational with a 8am game versus Philomath/Alsea and a 10am game versus Del Norte from Crescent City, California to close out their time in Medford.
The Lady Warriors of Philomath opened the Early Bird game with a 4-0 lead before the Warriors of Amity eventually tied the game up that featured a two-run shot by Callee Roberts as both team’s defense settled down like Portland Traffic by not letting any runs cross home plate after the game got tied at four.
“Honestly it just felt great to come back from because I think they were up 4-0 and just coming back in that inning just felt great and it really got our momentum going,” said Roberts. “You can see the difference in the dugout and in our players when they get excited and we started to hit the ball well.”
The excitement and energy was there entering the bottom of the seventh, but Philomath would stun Amity with a walk-off home-run to end the game in favor of the Warriors 5-4.
The Lady Warriors of Amity however answered back in their game versus Del Norte as both team’s found themselves all knuckled up at 1 as they entered the third inning, but that’s when the Warriors from California capitalized on some miscues from Amity to open a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the third.
Though Breaha Wright brought in Roberts off a RBI single for the Lady Warriors second run of the game, they couldn’t do any further damage as Del Norte handed Amity a tough 8-2 loss as the Warriors prepare for Warrenton/Jewell Thursday at home.
But, the last four games: Toledo, Cascade Christian, Philomath and Del Norte…all served as learning lessons for the young Warrior squad as they prepare for Thursday’s game.
“It’s a huge learning experience for everybody, everyone has new faces and we all have to get use to them and play together as a team,” said Morgan Croxford. “We got to move forward and not let these losses determine what we do, we just have to stay focused and move forward.
“I think we need to be more cheering, a lot more cheering in the field and everywhere to keep everyone’s spirits up” adds Gabby Rolston. “Just being more supportive, just don’t get down on easy things. Keep your head up and keep head strong.”
First pitch against Warrenton/Jewell is at 4pm in Amity.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald