By Jeremy McDonald
HILLSBORO, Ore.—Keizer had to wait a little longer in terms of starting of their season having waited a week-and-a-half to start their Summer Season compare to the Post 20 Dirtbags in Monmouth and Withnell Dodgers in Salem as they jumped right into the season after completing try-outs.
But, as they sent McKay Senior Austin Brown to start the season and to start the nine-inning game on the road, it was worth the wait as their defense was shut down against the Athletes In Motion squad at Hare Field Tuesday afternoon.
Brown pitched the first five innings of the game, striking out seven and allowing one hit during his time on the mound as a Josh Benson RBI single was the difference in the game entering the sixth inning as the defense helped their pitcher who was working through location issues during the game.
“First off the defense did great, they made a lot of plays,” said Brown. “Myself, I got to have better location and trust what I got and just be confident. It was a good learning experience because it gives me a good feel of what’s going on around me and I just got to carry that over to league.”
St. Paul’s Justin Herberger drove in another run off a deep shot to Center Field as the offense got hits and runs when they needed to as seven runs came home with an RBI double from Jacob Jackson and a sacrifice hit from Jacoby Quintero added runs to the board following the Buckaroo-Junior launched it to the fence.
“Everyone on this team can hit and everyone stepped up tonight. We had timely hitting and everyone showed up today,” said Herberger about the bats. “We started off a little slow, but we started to hit the ball well.”
And as Brown handed the pitching duties over to Silverton’s Colton Meyer, Meyer too had some issues he worked through with a slow start as he came in a new situation as a relief pitcher instead of a starter.
But the Foxes Senior settled in and showed why him and Hunter Runion were the top arms for Silverton this past Spring as Meyer, Herberger and company complete the one-hit game to start the season with a nice little shutout.
“It’s a big learning experience, I’ve never really come out in relief before,” said Meyer, who struck out six in his fourth-innings of relief. “But it’s fun to do that though, it’s good to have both sides of it so to have to battle back it’s good. It feels good to finish it strong because we have a lot of potential to show what we can do late in games.”
Keizer will be back on the road again as they travel to Lake Oswego to take on the Northwest Star Academy squad, first-pitch is at 6:30pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald