By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Withnell had their chances Wednesday to pull away from Beaverton in the team’s non-league match-up at Willamette University.
The Dodger bats were awake as they got baserunners on, but they couldn’t bring them home with Beaverton holding strong with a 4-1 entering the sixth inning as Kyle McAlister got on base with a walk with two outs on the board.
“Oh yeah it was tough in the beginning, I mean I personally came up with guys on first and second with no outs and I ground out in a double play,” said Gavin Fredinburg. “I mean after that happen I was frustrated with that, so I came up my next at-bat and I was able to come through for my team and that kind of felt good.”
Fredinburg brought in McAlister with his at-bat in the sixth inning as Noah Ferguson and his defense turned a groundball and a double play to keep Beaverton off the board and to give their offense one last crack for the tie or win.
With one out on the board, Kaiden Doten doubled that was followed by a nice single from Justin Culpepper to get the Dodgers to within one of Beaverton. Reyes Luna advanced Culpepper to third on a single as Fredinburg tied it at four following a McAlister pop-out.
Tanner Sorenson was intentionally walked to load the bases, but a high-ball called strike three ended the inning as the game entered extra innings.
Ferguson and Withnell hung a zero in the eighth, but two timely hits in the top of the ninth inning by Beaverton proved to be the difference maker in Wednesday’s game.
“We need to fix what we need to work on, we came out flat today,” said Fredinburg. “We had a few base-running mistakes today on first-base. Guys hitting line-drives and not getting back, we need to see the bat come off the bat and be able to get back. It’s tough, but it needs to be done.”
The Dodgers will travel to McNary High School to play a double-header against league opponent Keizer Sunday with games at 2pm and 5pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald