By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It came down to one last out in the ball game with Santiam to bat and runners on base when Western Mennonite’s Sean Webster came in for relief for the Pioneers
The score was 5-3 and the Wolverines had the tying run on the base-path’s when the senior shortstop came in for relief, just needing one out to seal the win and Webster knew the importance of this game as did the Santiam team he was about to pitch to after a long game away from the bump.
“It was important because every game matters in league, we can’t afford any losses. To go to state we have to come out and turn every game into in a win no matter what it takes,” said Webster.
And he did just that as he forced a ground-ball for his defense to force the final out for the 5-3 victory Wednesday afternoon. Frustrations were there for the Wolverines as a few crisper plays could have meant a whole different ball game for both teams.
“It was pretty frustrating just knowing one or two errors could have made that a completely different game at the end. Specially how it came down to the basses loaded with two outs and then we had a ground out,” said the Wovlerines Jesse Sendlinger. “But it’s all a learning experience and we will get back on track and hopefully get where we all want to get.”
For Santiam it’s off to Perrydale Friday and they’re just hoping that this game itself serves as a learning experience and fires them up for the Pirates Friday afternoon.
“Just knowing how short we came up with western, fixing the couple errors we had, learning from them and not letting them happen next game and come out hot from the beginning of the game to set the tone,” said Sendlinger as the Wolverines fall to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in 2A/1A-SD2 Special District 2.
Western Mennonite too hopes that this game serves as a learning experience as they travel to play Country Christian/North Clackamas Christian on Monday afternoon.
“Focus in every situation,” said Webster as Western Mennonite improves to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in 2A/1A-SD2 Special District 2. “We had a lot of good moments today, but we also had some ugly moments. If we’re able to focus on each pitch we won’t have as close of games and we’ll be able to have bigger and better innings.”