By Jeremy McDonald
CORVALLIS, Ore.– Defense was sound against Corvallis Tuesday, almost incredible to be honest for Keizer with the Crushers opening up their three-game league series on the road.
The Gerding Builders are known to smack the tar out of the ball, but David Allen and Wyatt Lyons held Corvallis to three-runs and five hits while Austin Brown pitched six innings while holding the Builders to four-hits and one run.
“It was great, I was able to stay relaxed the whole game. The team was hitting the ball the whole game, making plays in the infield and plays in the outfield. It was fun playing as a team,” said Brown, who pitched a complete game, seven strikeout game for the Crushers in the second game.
“They’re a good hitting team, defense had to play really well today and I thought we did that,” adds Jacob Jackson as Keizer held the Corvallis offense to nine total hits in two games.
The Crushers bats certainly did crush their way for hits and runs as in the second game for example they had two innings of three runs during the first and seventh innings as they entered the bottom of the seventh up 7-1.
“Coach said we had like 30 hits today or something,” said Justin Herberger who went 4-for-7 with five RBIs and a Home Run in the double-header sweep. “It was one through nine, everyone almost got a hit today. I think everyone did get a hit today, so it was almost unreal, but everyone was on today and that’s something we needed.”
By the end of the day the bats accounted for 24 hits, 16 runs and 14 of those runs coming way of RBI along with seven extra base hits. For their starting pitchers, who walked out to the bottom of the first with leads of 2-0 and 3-0 it was something nice as they went to work in both games with a little breathing room on the mound.
“It definitely gives us a lot of momentum, it was just relaxing throughout the game and we just put up more runs,” described Brown.
With Game 3 of the series Wednesday at 2pm at McNary High School and knowing that the Gedling Builders will be gunning to avoid the sweep against the Crushers, Keizer has the plan to come out as aggressive on both sides of the ball as they did Tuesday.
“I think we need to have our pitchers come out just as well as we did today and I think we’ll do just as well,” said Jackson. “I think we need to be aggressive on the base-paths as well and in the field, make the plays we need to make.”
Josh Benson went 5-for-6 with four RBIs, David Allen went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in Game 1 to go with his six inning, four strikeout and four-hit performance in Keizer’s 9-3 win to start the double-header.