By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Sprague came out Day 2 of the North Medford Spring Invitational at the turf fields at US Cellular Fields.
For their 8am game against Sherwood, the Lady Olympians marched their way to a 11-0 win after two tough losses against South Medford and Thurston to start the Invitational Monday afternoon and a McKell McCuistion homerun helped get the bats rolling into their second game versus Elmira.
“It was really nice to get the energy up for my team, we were kind of on a lull again,” said McCuistion on the grand slam home-run. “But it got everyone jacked in and we got more energy and the girls started to play better.”
The defense held the Lady Falcons to that one run for much of the reminder of the game until the bottom of the fifth when Elmira challenged Sprague by cutting their lead to 5-3 and capitalizing on a brief lull that the Olys were having at the moment.
But, staying within themselves, Sprague re-gathered themselves and got those two runs back off a sacrifice hit by Megan Olson and a RBI single by Kya Lenaburg that made it 7-3.
“Hits are contagious,” said Lenaburg as Sprague had a few base-runners during the sixth and seventh innings Monday afternoon. “And so, when that happens, everyone just gets jacked and I’m just trying to keep everyone calm on the field. So we had it under control, but hitting is for sure contagious.”
McCuistion came in for relief in the sixth inning, and in two innings of work she struck out four batters to ensure the threat that the Lady Falcons had in the fifth was just held to that one inning of the game.
“I’m just use to it, that’s just kind of my role,” laughed McCuistion. “But there is a little bit of pressure to shut it down but I know I got a good defense behind me.”
But there was no doubt that she was ready for the moment as her teammates were as they not allowed another run to cross Homeplate in their 7-3 victory as they head back to Salem and open Greater Valley Conference League play on the road at West Albany Tuesday.
“Our team chemistry is just really great so if we’re all in it together and we just keep going at what we’re doing, we’ll be fine,” said Lenaburg.
“We have a small team so team chemistry really helps us stick together and help each other out,” adds McCuistion.