By Jeremy McDonald
MONMOUTH, Ore.– Defense on both sides certainly made it interesting entering the seventh inning with Post 20 leading Mountain View from Idaho 4-1.
Their offense got the hits and runs when they needed to. Eric Kessler made it 2-0 off a two-run RBI double, Peter Mendazona hit a solo shot and Derek Maiben bunt RBI single to build the lead.
Kaleb Kantola, who was pounding the zone during Wednesday’s game, had his defense supporting him behind him with Mendazona the ring-leader of the defensive stonewall that allowed just three hits through the first six innings of the game to the one run allowed.
“We just hustled out there and hopefully we can make plays. We made a lot of plays today, good plays and so (Kantola) pitched well today. It was good to only give up the one run today,” said Medazona. “That guy wasn’t bad, so to jump ahead that was really good. Clutch hits are important in games, so timely hitting, we’ve had that for the most part today.”
The Dirtbags couldn’t tack on any more runs as insurance in the top half of the seventh inning, but Perrydale’s Noah Amador picked up where Kantola left off starting with a 5-3 groundout that started the 1, 2, 3 inning to close out the 4-1 victory.
“Oh it’s really nice, a win’s always nice.” said Amador with a quick grin about the win. “I think I did pretty well, I mean I just let my defense help out. I trust my defense, they’re very talented and I’m glad to have them on my team.”
With Post 20 hosting Gresham for Day 2 of the Triple-A American Legion Baseball American Classic Thursday at 6pm at Western Oregon University, the Dirtbags will turn to Braden Allison on the mound as they look to carry Wednesday’s success to Thursday.
“We just got to know we got to come out every day to play because we play almost every day,” starts Medazona. “So, we got to carry our momentum and the next game is as important as today.