By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– West Albany caught Sprague off-guard in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s second-game of the two-game series between the two squads at Sprague High School.
The Olympians, who led 4-2 entering the fifth thanks to a two-run shot by Michael Murphy in the third, Spencer Plant RBI Single in the second and again in the fourth innings to help build the lead, quickly saw the Bulldogs change momentum in favor of them with 12 runs in the top half the fifth inning to take a 14-4 lead by inning’s end.
“We had a couple of errors out there and pitching was fine, we hit the ball well and we just had to stay in the game,” said Michael Soper who’s solo shot, along with Cole Herschbach’s RBI single help keep the game going beyond the fifth inning.
Max Long, who had a lead-off double to start the seventh inning, mentioned how the team kept fighting to the end in hopes that they too would have a big inning as West Albany did in that one inning.
“Coach says it all the time, he’s been at three different schools around the league before he came here and he said that all of those schools would have rolled over and that’s what he loves about us is that we don’t roll over in the game,” said Long who went two-for-four in the game. “The game is never over and we just got to keep on fighting because crazy things can happen in baseball that’s for sure.”
Teddy Briggs, who pitched the final seven outs of the game, only allowed two runs in two-and-a-third-innings on three hits as his defense settled back down as they did prior to the fifth inning as Briggs allowed his defense to work behind him.
Offensively, Sprague kept their aggressiveness at the plate with putting the bat to the ball, but they couldn’t produce more than two runs in the final six outs of the game falling to the Bulldogs 15-8 to put both teams in a two-way tie for second in league with four losses each as the Olys look to bounce back versus North Salem Friday at North Salem.
“We can use that as a motivator, get better at practices tomorrow and win on Friday, and that’s what we plan on doing, ” said Soper who went 4-for-4 in the game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald