By Jeremy McDonald
MONMOUTH, Ore.—It was a challenging dau for the boys of the Post 20 Dirtbags Thursday with their doubleheader versus the Mid-Coast Dungies at home.
With the temperatires reaching near 100 defrees, the bats were just as hot with Jackson Holstad leading the way with two home runs along with Eric Kessler’s strong performance on the bump to keep the Dungies off the board in the doubleheader opener 12-0.
But, it seemed like adversity met Post 20 in the second game under the mid-afternoon heat as fatigue looked to play in some form along with the squad from Newport in front of them not wanting to go home being swept under the hot weather conditions.
“Well, we got up on them, we got up on them first and then we just gave it back. We just didn’t come up back when we needed to, we came up a little short in the times when it mattered,” said Blake Arritola.
The Dirtbags jumped out on first as Holstad nearly went yard again for the third time Thursday, driving in Anthony Zellner with Holstad’s triple that followed Zellner’s triple. Jacob Maiben sacrifice-flied Holstad in for a 2-0 lead.
Mid-Coast answered with back-to-back two run innings before Post 20 forced extra’s when Arritola turned a triple into the game’s tying run in the bottom of the seventh off the throw-out throw at third base.
The Dirtbags had their opportunities in the extra frames to bring in the game-winning run, but couldn’t complete the mission as the Dungies drove in 5 in the top half of the 10th inning for the 9-4 win to deny Post 20 a chance to sweep the series entering their next big series against Keizer at Western Oregon Saturday afternoon for the league doubleheader.
“I think we will move on to the new game, new day,” said Head Coach Scot McDonald as they turn their focus to their next task at hand. “Just show up to the ballpark, that’s how we try to do this pitch now and then move on to the next one.”
“That is a learning experience because we got to realize that no matter what team it is, no matter how many times you’ve beat them, what’s happened during the game you have to come up at the end and put them to bed,” adds Arritola on the takeaways from Thursday’s doubleheader.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald