By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– The NW Bullets 14U and the NW Vandals met up in the Championship semi-final round with some hot bats in hand entering their match-up in the 3pm game at US Cellular Fields in Medford Saturday afternoon.
The Bullets blasted three Home Runs, one each from Sadie Honse, Brynn McManus and Kamy Dancus with the squad of incoming High School freshman were taking on a team full of majority of incoming High School sophomores who finished their 13-5 game versus the Canby Rebels ’04 with a six-run bottom of the sixth inning to seal the eight-run victory to set up the match-up.
“It felt great, it felt like we got more energy and we talked louder and it just picked it up,” said the NW Bullets’ Honse, who went 1-for-3 with three RBIs in the 6-2 win.
Honse got the nod in the circle against the NW Vandals, but the future Sprague Olympian surrendered three quick runs and were down 5-1 to the Vandals the third inning with Honse being moved to first base for Dacus in the second inning.
But in the top half of the third inning, the Bullets’ answered the bell and scored five runs with RBI hits by Dacus (double), Lyman (single) and a Waltermeyer three RBI Triple to give the NW Bullets a 6-5 lead entering the bottom half of the inning.
“It felt good,” said Honse who was walked and was brought in for a run during that inning about the rally.
The Vandals however, faced with a mid-game push by the Rebels earlier, responded by throwing the momentum back up into the air when Bella Fleener (double) and Carley Schlag (sac-fly) handed the lead back to the NW Vandals the lead entering the fourth inning.
Kamden Combs and Kami Gibson after the tough third inning slowed the pace of the bats of the NW Bullets as the Vandals defense permitted hits, but no more runs as they scored three runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to build an eerie similar lead as they did earlier in the day versus Canby, leading 13-6 entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
“We just worked as a team, it felt really good. We were coming together, just hyping each other up and working together as a team,” said Gibson who also went 2-for-3 in the second game with two RBIs. “We just got to keep on pushing like we did today and have the same energy and just keep on working the same we did today.”103\
The bats of the Vandals finished with 14 hits with Combs (three), Reagan Davis (three), Maison Searle (three) and Abbi Covalt (two) all having multi-hit games for the Vandals in the 13-6 win over the NW Bullets to advance to the State Championship game.
“We just rally, rally all the time so yeah it is contagious to hit. Just keep pushing hard like we’ve been doing, keep working for each other and just keep working, said Gibson as they play at 1pm at US Cellular Fields against the winner of the Bullets, Bat Company Thiry and Sandy Thunder who will be playing earlier in the day in Medford.
For the NW Bullets, who await the winner of the Bat Company Thiry and Sandy Thunder, Honse came back in at pitcher to get three pop-flies to give her offense a chance again in the seventh with the bats getting a double and a walk before game’s end to give a little momentum to their sails entering Sunday’s big games in hopes to set up a rematch with the Vandals.
“I think we learned that we need to play with more energy and talk louder and have a steady energy level and just never give up,” said Honse.
“Just talking more, having each other’s back. Our problem is having each other’s back and being able to talk and doing our jobs for one another and playing together as a team,” adds Payton Foreman who played first base during the first game and the first inning of the second game against the NW Vandals.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald