By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Treasure Valley came out aggressively against Chemeketa Sunday afternoon for Game 3 of their four game series in Salem.
The Storm’s Kyle Lund struck out six in six innings even though the score was not in the favor of Chemeketa who were behind 3-0 entering the bottom half of the sixth inning.
Keegan Huey-Woods and Humberto Alarcon got the score to within 3-2 entering the seventh inning. Connor Fajardo (hit-by-pitch) and a Blake Arritola single and steal put runners in scoring position when Andrew Ishi”I hit a three-run homerun that helped put Chemeketa up 5-3 entering the eighth inning.
“I knew we needed something, I was surprised that it happened there. But anything to help the team,” said Ishi”I, who went 4-for-5 with 3RBIs in the game. “It felt good, I was worried there at the very beginning and I was hoping we could take the series. I knew we would pull it together and pull through it.”
That homerun seemed to be that one play that happened to turn confidence in favor of the Storm as Austin Brown came in for the six-out save in the eighth and ninth innings to hand Chemeketa their 10th win of the season.
The Storm continued to roll in their second game as their bats thrived for 14 hits and 15 runs behind a 3-for-4, four RBI game by Alarcon to spark the 15-2, seven-inning win to build some momentum for the four-game Everett series at home Saturday.
“We just kept playing hard, we kept the energy up. It’s important because we’re now going into a four-game series with Everett. It’s big, it’s huge,” said Alacron of the series sweep. “It’s going to be a test (against Everett) and if we can take these two, it’ll be a big series for us going into league. It’s going to be important.”
Game one of the four-game series is on Saturday at 1pm with game two at 4pm Saturday afternoon. The last two games are on Sunday starting at noon.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald