By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– With the game close, 5-3 when he came in to be exact, soon-to-be-Sophomore at Western Mennonite Rylan Webster stepped into a tight situation for Withnell versus Williamette Valley Thursday.
But Webster answered the bell as he pitched a solid fifth inning and battled through a more than comfortable sixth inning, but held the Titans to one run in two innings pitch as the Pioneer pitcher/infielder and catcher gave his offense an opportunity to try to give themselves a little more of a cushion.
“The first inning I felt great and obviously nervous first pitching outing this season,” smiled Webster. “But that first inning I felt really good, second inning I felt alright, a little off. I had some control issues but overall I think I did alright. There’s always things to work on, so we’re just going to keep working on stuff in bullpen, in games and practice.”
Webster had a strikeout in the fifth inning to go with starting pitcher Kyle McAlister’s one strikeout in the Cascade soon-to-be-senior’s four innings of work.
In the bottom of the sixth, with Head Coach Justin Hoffman giving them a few words of advice in trying to pump up his team in trying to help them drive in a few more insurance runs with the Dodgers handing Will DeLoretto a 11-4 lead following a four-run sixth inning as DeLoretto polished off a nice non-league game for Withnell’s first game back in Oregon.
“That always help so much especially when we get insurance runs. The pitching, it relieves a pitchers mind you know, helps them throw better,” “I mean today was me, but any situation it helps,” laugh DeLoretto, who was part of the scoring frenzy in the seventh inning as well as pitching. “For me, I’m a lot more relaxed up there. I don’t need to worry about giving up a hit, I just try to hit spots and it just helps us so much.
“I mean when people come up big for that, it’s just a giant breather and it helps so much.”
Kaiden Doten drove in a team-high three RBIs, brother Tori Doten and North Salem-Graduate Reyes Luna both drove in two RBIs each with six Withnell batters registering at least a RBI in the win. Tori Doten, Noah Ferguson and Tanner Sorenson all drove in runs during that four-run sixth inning with Doten driving two in on a single.
The Dodgers will be on the road Friday when they play Alpenrose Dairy at Wilson High School in Portland. First pitch is at 5pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald