Big Sixth Inning Hurt Withnell In State Opener

By Jeremy McDonald

ROSEBURG, Ore.– Through the first five pitches of the Withnell-Mid-Valley game the scoreboard looked like a computer code as both sides didn’t permit more than one run each as a Michael Soper solo Home Run tied the game up at 1 entering the sixth inning.

“It was a good five innings, I wish we had the bats a little bit going,” said Gavin Fredinburg who had two strikeouts in five innings of work.  “But it is, what it is, I had fun.  It was a blast.”

The Dodger offense had opportunities to grab hold to a lead throughout the game, but left runners on base.  Some situations like in the bottom of the fifth inning, left runners in scoring position and couldn’t break the gridlock at one apiece entering the sixth inning.

“We just needed a sparkplug and it seemed like we got it and we just couldn’t capitalize on it, that’s all,” said Soper with the Withnell defense coming out with a little more pep in their steps.

But in the top half of the sixth inning, a few walks allowed the Southpaws to slowly pull away and build a 5-1 lead as a bases clearing triple mixed in with a bases loaded walk prior allowed the swing of momentum in favor of Mid-Valley.

Jacob Winstead gave the Dodgers an opportunity for a comeback with a 1-3 Double play and a put-out inning as Max Long drove Cameron Kallhoff home on a RBI double with two outs.  Reyes Luna advanced Long on a single to put the runners on the corners with the tying run coming to the plate a swing away from tying the game.

It wasn’t meant to be however as a Justin Culpepper pop-up in foul territory by first base was caught to end the game in favor of Mid-Valley 5-2.

With them returning to the ballpark 10am Sunday, their backs are against the wall when they lace it up versus Beaverton in Roseburg.

“It’s seem like it’s been the same thing for us the whole summer, we have that one inning sometimes that kills us and we just need to figure out how to get the runs down in that one inning and just come back out the next inning and score on them,” starts Soper.  “Just get a good night’s rest and we’ll come out ready tomorrow.”

Long went 2-for-2 with a RBI, Luna was 2-for-4 as well as the lone Dodgers with multi-hit games with five Withnell batters recording a hit in Saturday’s game.



Photos By Jeremy McDonald


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