By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Mid-Coast has a tendency to sneak up on teams this season. They stole one from Post 20, took a series from an improved Keizer Crusher team this summer and had Withnell on the ropes Monday afternoon at Willamette University.
Similar to the second game of their three-game series with the Dirtbags, the Dungies pushed the first game of the series with the Dodgers to extra innings before Withnell slip by them 3-2 in nine innings thanks to Noah Ferguson.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the bats of Withnell came around to support their defensive presence that would go on to only allow five runs in the two games.
“It’s so nice on offense when your defense is doing good. Everything on defense just kind of connecting together,” said Rylan Webster, who caught the second game and a few during the first game. “Today, we were a lot better hitting. The first game though, we did pop-out quite a bit, I think we started to get the ball down a bit and it started to work out there in the second game.”
With the game tied at one entering the bottom of the third inning, the Dodgers made their move. Max Long had a RBI single, Tanner Sorensen was hit by pitch with the bases juiced and Webster forced a bad throw from the third baseman to drive in two more runs to make it 5-1 Dodgers by innings end as Mid-Coast didn’t score again until the top of the seventh where they scored two before falling 7-3 to seal Withnell winning the series entering the third game Tuesday.
“It’s just kind of you live and you learn,” said Long on the differences from Game one to Game 2. “We came out flat, we all know that so we all learned from that and we came out and just keep on hitting the ball, got hits strung together and it worked out in our favor.”
Long, Justin Culpepper and Tori Doten all had two hits each in the second game with five different Withnell batters driving in one RBI each. Game three of the series will be in Newport Tuesday at 5pm as the Dodgers will hope to get the three-game sweep before entering the final league series of the year against the Dirtbags later this week.
“We just got to come out with a good mindset and we have to drive but just think good thoughts and come out and do what we did in the second game,” said Long on carrying the moment from the second game to the third game.
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