By Jeremy McDonald
EUGENE, Ore.—It was an unique way to end the game versus the Lakeside Recovery for the Salem Baseball Academy Tuesday afternoon at PK Park.
The defense gave their offense an opportunity entering the bottom of the seventh inning with the game knotted up at two apiece with strong pitching from starting pitcher Lucas Stanfield and relief pitcher Ethan Johnson to go with smart plays like Noah Juarez’ picking off the runner going to home from third in the fifth inning to keep Lakeside off the scoreboard after they tied it up on the at-bat before.
“I think we did pretty good, they were definitely a decent team. We really don’t know any of the guys, so for not knowing who we were playing against I thought we did pretty good,” said Stanfield, who struck out five in five innings of work and only surrendered three hits in the game.
Connor Laeng started the bottom half of the inning with a walk that was followed by a single by Doran Trueblood and an error that loaded up the bases with no outs with Kaden Steindorf coming to plate.
Steindorf found himself down 0-2 before loading up the count with 3-2 with the winning run ninety feet away. The sixth pitch came in, high ball 4 as the winning run being Laeng came strolling in for the winning run as SBA walked away with the 3-2 victory.
“It wasn’t a typical ending, it wasn’t out of the ordinary but it was what had to happen,” said Steindorf who went 1-for-2 and drove in all three runs Tuesday afternoon.
Salem Baseball Academy will be playing a double-header at PK Park Wednesday as they face City Baseball at 11:30am and Showtime at 2pm before wrapping up pool play Thursday versus the Northwest Reign at 2pm as they look to improve entering Day 2.
“We can definitely get the bats going and probably minimize walks and that will help a lot,” said Stanfield.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald