By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– With Emily Campbell, Alisha Sims and Kelsie Walker all out due to injury, Stayton had to find a way to compete without them on the diamond.
And with about four freshman out on the field during the defensive front against a Cascade team that defeated the Lady Eagles 10-0 on April 9 at Cascade.
Bailey Dysinger’s arm kept Stayton off the board as Lexi Loukojarvi bounced a shot off the center field fence off of the Eagles Sydney Maruer.
But, it was Maurer who drew in the first runs of the game with a two-RBI double in the third inning that she followed up with a RBI Double in the following inning to help set the pace for the Stayton bats with the Lady Eagles leading 4-0 entering the top of the fifth inning.
“I just helped my team out wherever I can, defensively and offensively as much as I can do, I mean I can’t control everything,” smiled and laugh Maurer.
Cameron Boyles broke the shutout with a RBI double to make it 4-1, but the Cougars couldn’t find that dagger to bring in more runs and string together more hits against the hot hand of Maurer and her defense behind her
“I think it was hard, our timing was off with our hitting and we were coming out expecting to win because of our win against them a few weeks ago. But we can’t have that mentality when we’re playing, we have to go off hard no matter who they are,” said Boyles, who went 2-4 on the game with a RBI with Cascade facing Newport Thursday.
“I think we need to take in consideration that we need to get our timing down, so like take warm-ups very seriously when she’s pitching and throughout in the dugout. And keep each other up in the dugout.”
Maurer added one more hit to her cause, this time a two-run Home run in the sixth inning that brought herself and Emma Herberger home to make it 7-1 before Morgan Zaner cut it to 7-2 during a seventh inning push for a late-game rally before a ground out ended the game in favor of Stayton.
With Yamhill-Carlton Thursday, the Eagles will try to carry this game’s momentum to that game versus the Tigers who are 4-0 in the Oregon West Conference.
“Just keep the momentum forward, just keep it going don’t look back, just keep our heads up,” said Maurer as she also added 10 strikeouts in the win.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald