By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Walla Walla threatened late in the first game of the double-header versus Chemeketa Sunday afternoon in the Storm 12-7 victory over the Warriors and led 3-1 after one to start the second game against the Salem-squad.
All three of those runs were unearned against West Salem-Grad Cameron Hagan as he and his defense had a tough time to start the back-end of the doubleheader with the Washington squad. But when the freshman found his groove, it gave his offense an opportunity to do some serious damage.
“I was following up pretty good, I was throwing a lot of strikes, I was making a lot of errors. A few people in the infield made a couple of errors, but we got through it and shut them out the rest of the game,” said Hagan. “When I came in for the second inning I threw 11 pitches and I knew at that point I was going to be on for the rest of the game.
“I felt good. We had long innings which meant…it’s kind of cold sitting in here for a while but when I got back out there, warmed back up again I did pretty good.”
Hagan allowed three baserunners over the next three innings that included a three-up, three-down inning in the second. The Storm pitcher pitched four innings, struck out three and allowed three hits en route to his first win of the season.
The offense was led by Central’s Jackson Holstad and the Titans Blake Arritola. Arritola went 3-for-3 with four RBIs while Holstad had five RBIs, including a three-RBI double that handed Chemeketa a then 5-3 lead in the second inning.
“It’s really important to put the ball in play, take some pressure off our pitcher so that’s a big deal,” said Holstad. “We just got to come with the same mentality. Put the ball in play and make it happen on the base-paths and just play solid defense. I think if we do what we did today, then we’ll be fine.”
By the end of the second, the Storm led 6-3 and never looked back. After three they led 10-3, then 15-3 after three before tacking on one more run to make it 16-3 in the fifth in the run-ruled shortened game Sunday to start the season 4-0.
Chemeketa will be at home Tuesday versus Geroge Fox JV. First pitch is at 4pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald