By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– In these unique situations in which Amity and Cascade Christian found themselves Thursday morning was just that: Unique.
Across Southern Oregon Wednesday, as team’s prepared for their playoff games down in Jackson and Josephine Counties, Mother Nature had other plans as she brought the Thunder and Lighting that threw a monkey-wrench into the playoff landscape in the OSAA.
But nonetheless, the Warriors quickly made due with what they were given and rolled out of the hotel room for their Thursday morning play-off landscape with the Lady Challengers at the turf fields of US Cellular.
With the sun now beating down on them, Amity jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning.
“It was good that we started of hitting the ball because normally it takes us a while to get there, but we started off hitting the ball really good today so hopefully it carries on to tomorrow,” said Gabby Rolston of the bats starting off so well.
The defense, starting with senior Brittnie Brown in the circle to the infield and the outfield, settled in after the first inning with plays from Brown, Callee Roberts, Morgan Croxford in the infield. Keeley Graham had a nice play in the outfield robbing a sure double in the warning track as the junior had her back inches from the fence when she threw the ball back into the field to name a few as the Warriors held Cascade Christian to that one run in the first inning throughout the reminder of the game.
“We played really good defense, we helped Brittnie pitch. She can trust us pitching so that helped us a lot pitching today,” said Croxford who made a nice foul territory catch late in the game Thursday afternoon.
As they pushed their lead to 5-1 off a Rolston triple, then 6-1 off a Roberts RBI hit in the fifth inning that was matched in one hit from Breaha Wright two-RBI hack that made it 8-1 Amity after six for the final score as the game came to an end a few outs later, they know the hand that they’re dealt with entering Friday:
The squad who aren’t afraid to hit home runs as they seemingly aim for some every game that put pressure and, like the Warriors, have found their stroke and groove second half of this season.
Question becomes how can these Warriors answer the bell again against the high powered offense and stout defense of the Lady Loggers? What will be their encore on short rest? Can these seniors leave their mark and the way and can this team come together for another great team effort as they had against Taft and Scio the first time they’ve met?
Amity believes it as both sides meet up for the first time since April 25 as their coaches say a few words to pump them up for their biggest game of the season at Scio Friday afternoon.