By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Twenty-Four hours earlier when McKay and Sprague baseball met in South Salem, the Scots walked out of the 2-0 Tuesday looking to do the same defensive output to the Olympians Wednesday at their place in Northeast Salem to close out the two-game series.
“I think we minimize the errors yesterday and just tried to play simple baseball and we tried to carry it over to today but it wasn’t so good,” said McKay’s Ryan Bangs on Tuesday’s game to Wednesday.
Sprague’s Max Long opened a 2-0 Oly lead off a two-run home run before the Scots cut it to 2-1 entering the top of the third inning as Jasiah Hanson and Cole Herschbach and their defense’s look to try to give their offense’s a chance to make some noise.
In the top half of the third, that’s when the momentum shifted in favor of the Olympians as they scored four runs in the top half of the inning with three runs coming off of the bat of Spencer Plant to push Sprague’s lead to 6-1 entering the bottom half of the inning.
“It was good, I mean one person had a break it out open and I think once and I think it was DeLo (Will Deloretto) and just hit one in the gap and it just started everything which was good,” said Long, who had two RBIs in the game. “We were hitting it right too people and someone finally found the gap and started the train.”
Both team’s defense’s traded goose-eggs in the bottom of the third, top of the fourth and the bottom of the fourth inning as the defense’s locked in a bit entering the top of the fifth inning with Sprague leading 6-1 over McKay.
“I think it gave confidence to our team and knowing someone is throwing strikes and pounding the zone, just get some ground balls and get outs,” said Herschbach who struck out six and help hold the Scots to three hits all game. “We got a lot of dudes that we can put on the hill, so I don’t think it’s a problem because anyone could chuck it. We could really throw strikes and pound the zone.”
The Olys pushed their lead to 8-1 after the fifth inning and to 13-1 after six to force the ten-run rule as McKay’s defense couldn’t duplicate Tuesday’s success to Wednesday, but the game serves as a good learning experience moving forward on how to string together good performances as they did entering Greater Valley Conference-play.
“I think we realize how much success we had yesterday and how good of a game we held it too and we might’ve thought we didn’t have to try as hard today,” said Bangs. “It’s a good learning experience getting a lot of our guys playing time and just making sure we’re ready for games in the future.”
Weather permitting on Friday, Sprague will travel to Patton Middle School to play McMinnville and McKay travels to South Salem.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald