By Jeremy McDonald
PHILOMATH, Ore.– Nolan Jackson came out firing against Cascade Monday afternoon in Game one of the three game series between Philomath and the Cougars from Turner.
The Warrior Senior, a lefty, found the zone early and often as he slowed a Cascade offense that has been averaging eight runs a game in their 3-1 streak their last four games down to five hits and just the Cougs third shutout in 18 games played this season.
“We haven’t seen a lot of lefties that have hit their spots really good,” said catcher Jake Whisman. “We’ve got some good pitches that we haven’t seen, and he’s just a good pitcher and it’s just a lot of practice reps before we get there.”46
“I would definitely say it was tough, he’s a really good pitcher. We knew that coming into it,” adds Ryan LeDay. “He mixes up a lot of speed, he’s got a lot of different looks.”
Jackson struck out 12 batters in the game, but Cascade picked up hits from Jake Davidson, Kyle McAlister, Jared Powell, Colton Gumc, Carson Teasdale and Grayson Reeder and took advantage of some walks and errors to set up a few favorable scoring opportunities late in the game against Jackson and reliever Bradn Vogel before Philomath shut the door on Cascade before they could get the goose-egg off the board before game’s end.
Defensively, the defense played sound with a nicely executed run-down/pickle in the fourth inning that was followed by a stretching fly-out by Davidson to end the inning on the next batter and held the bats of the Warriors to no runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings.
But a few minor mental mistakes with pass balls and errors put the Cougars in a few tight situations themselves with three runs coming off of pass balls and another off an error in Monday’s 8-0 loss on the road, but Cascade’s going to be focusing on the positives of Monday’s game as the Warriors have to make the trip up to Turner Tuesday afternoon
“We just got to come into it new game, clear heads, we can take some positives away from this. We did some good things,” starts LeDay. “We got a couple of hits on a good pitcher, we made a lot of plays but we did have a couple of mistakes so we just can’t dwell on those. We’re a good baseball team, we’re fundamentally sound on defensively. We’re better than this, we’ll come out better tomorrow and I’m confident in that.”
Game two of the three-game series is schedule to start at 4:30pm at Cascade High School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald