By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Both the Lady Huskies of North Marion and Lady Eagles of Stayton find themselves in a youthful situation this season with a good amount of their players on the diamond Monday being freshman.
One of those freshman, was the Huskies Jasmine Calkins as her and the Eagles sophomore Sydney Maurer led their defenses into a tight-knit battle of shutting the other’s offense down.
“I’ve been put into very many tough situations before, it was very smart for me to stay calm and keep my composure and focus,” said Calkins as North Marion led 1-0 entering the sixth inning. “Not worrying about the umpire and arguing behind the dugout, it was staying on my girl.” 30
Stayton however, who have scored runs at a whim almost the last two games against Cascade and Yamhill-Carlton, there wasn’t that same energy there even though they were one good inning away from possibly taking the game over.
“Energy was kind of low. The energy was low and we weren’t on top of it and we were down,” described Eagle freshman Roxanna Trujillo on the game as she looked to how they can improve upon that. “Just talk during warm-ups , cheer each other and just work really hard during warm-ups.”
“We were battling in the beginning, I thought it was a really close game until the end where I feel that they started hitting and we couldn’t hit,” adds Sarah VanHyning.
The Lady Huskies made it 2-0 off a error that saw Liliana Piercey score from third base before Ari Graves at-bat broke the shut out in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring Stayton to within one of North Marion entering the seventh.
But, in the seventh inning, the Huskies pulled away as a Melinda Chappell single and a Samantha Baylie double put runners in scoring position as Ally Umbenhower saw a sacrific bunt to bring a run in turned into a RBI single. Piercey brought Baylie home during her at-bat with North Marion leading 4-1 entering the bottom half of the inning.
“That put us in a great position because we weren’t as stressed out about having that one-run lead, we were more comfortable in that spot,” said Baylie, the junior went 2-4 in the game with both of her hits being doubles.
“It definitely felt better with a cushion, I definitely felt better,” smiled and laughed Calkins going back out there for the final three outs. “I was just, ‘let’s get it out here’. Trust my teammates that they were going to get it done.”
The Huskie defense did just that in forcing a 1, 2, 3 inning to end the game to snap a seven-game losing streak as they picked up their sixth win of the season on the road Monday afternoon.
“It was nice, hopefully we’ll come back and follow it with more ‘W’s’,” said Baylie with a smile.
Despite Maurer picking up eight more strikeouts to add to her season total, the Eagles will look to even the three-game Oregon West Conference series with North Marion Wednesday afternoon.
“Next time around I think we’ll come in with a different mentality, this time it was the weekend probably I don’t know. But we’re going to work hard tomorrow in practice and come back on Wednesday ready to play,” said VanHyning.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald