MONMOUTH, Ore.– As his offense’s bats began to warm up to the pitcher they were facing to start the Western Oregon University Tournament, Devon BeDoya was letting his defense work behind him as he challenged Newberg to beat him through his defense behind him.
“We got a great defense behind us, I know that they have my back. I trust them all,” said McNary’s BeDoya, who pitched six innings striking out four in Keizer’s 15-3 win over Newberg as the Celtic pitcher looks to improve moving forward. “Just keep working harder. Keep practicing, practicing and it’ll come through.
“I think I did alright, I let them put the ball in play a lot. I threw a lot of strikes, I feel like I could have done better but I let my team do most of the work.”
Newberg held a 2-1 lead on BeDoya’s squad entering the fourth inning, and picked up eight hits against the Crusher defense in the game in general; but it was the offense that woke up in the fourth that turned the game around for Keizer.
They hung a three-spot on Newberg in the fourth with a Ty Covalt double, Colton Meyer single and a Brandon Reed single in the fourth that resulted in RBIs and runs on the board to take a lead into the bottom of the fourth.
They picked up three more runs in the fifth, and St. Paul’s Justin Herberger’s bases clearing, three-RBI triple sparked an eight inning sixth that sealed the win after a slow start with the bats in the game as they hope to start the bats sooner than they did Friday.
“We just had to make a couple of adjustments, things were a little bit different today, by the fourth inning like coach said we made an adjustment and started roping the ball,” “Like coach always say before the game, when the pitchers pitching everyone get out and get on time. I don’t know if we did that today, but that might help us in the future.”