By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– It wasn’t how the NW Bullets 14U wanted to end the 14U ‘A’ State Championships Sunday afternoon at US Cellular Parks in South Medford against the Bat Company Thiry squad in the semi-final game of the bracket.
On Saturday when the two teams met, the Bullets tallied seven hits with six runs as the squad’s bats were alive despite splitting the two games in the second day of the State Tournament. However, when the two teams met up again Sunday, the squad couldn’t time up Maddie Doig with the Bat Company pitcher throwing off the timing off the plate.
“Once you’re in deck and you see a different perspective from when you are up to bat. When your up to bat, it’s was much slower than it was when you were on deck, so I think that was a big thing for all of us to adjust to what’s she pitching and what the umpire’s calling,” said incoming Central freshman Payton Foreman. “Just watching how you’re standing in deck and you watch the ball is the best how you’re going to be up to bat.”
Sophia Honse (Salem/Incoming Sprague Frosh), Hayley McCuisition (Salem/incoming Sprague Frosh), Ava Sin, Brynn McManus (McMinnvile) and Kylie Waltermeyer (Olympia, Washington) were the other NW Bullets who had hits in the game as they finished third in the State in 14U ‘A’ State Championships following their tough 8-2 loss to the Bat Company Thiry.
But they’ll be traveling to San Diego, California for the 14U World Series in San Diego and this game, this tournament serves as a good learning experience entering that tournament as Honse points to the same idea that Foreman was touching on about adjusting and having a plan on each pitch or every at-bat.
“Making adjustments early, that’ll be a big factor for us down there instead of late in the game,” said Honse on making adjustments in-game.
Outside of a few minor hiccups here and there from a defensive perspective, the NW Bullets made a few good plays like Foreman’s diving catch for a out, Kamryn Dacus’ six strikeout performance and slowing the bats of BC by hanging three shutout innings as the crew of incoming freshmen continue their summer journey.
“Just to know that the team’s are higher-up and that we need to stay at their level and just to drop down if they score a run. If we make one error, then we have each other’s backs and not just go down to that bottom level and play as a team,” said Foreman.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald