By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Weather in Oregon can be merciful this time of year.
In the admist of their fifth-game this week, the back-end of a doubleheader with Blanchet Catholic Friday afternoon, a band of rain abruptly ended their game with the Cavailers during the fourth inning with North Marion leading 2-1 in the contest.
“Weather is always going to be a factor come Spring. Thanks you Oregon,” Huskie Head Coach Jon Santos said jokingly. “But the girls, they know how to play in it. We practice in it to make sure that we’re ready for it. Other than that, we take it stride-by-stride and make sure we don’t get anybody hurt.”
But with a few girls battling through injuries as they kick of the season this week in the sense of game competition, they close it out 2-2 on the season, their first game of the day against Blanchet Catholic got interested real quick after a hot start to the game.
North Marion jumped out to a 9-1 lead entering the bottom half of the third inning with eight hits that included an two-RBI double by Samantha Baylie and RBI triple by Anna Fuentes in the third to help create the nice sizable lead.
The Cavaliers however, one of the teams looking to content with 3A powers Scio and Dayton this season with Savannah Baracus in the circle, began to time up the Huskies Jasmine Calkins and scored eight runs against the North Marion defense to get back into the game.
With the Huskies up 15-10 entering the bottom half of the seventh inning, Blanchet Catholic got the game even tighter when Khari Ruiz cut it to 15-13 on a RBI single in part of a three-run seventh inning.
North Marion got the force-out at third to get the second out of the inning following a Fielder’s Choice on the previous at-bat, but Calkins forced a groundball to Fuentes at third who threw it to Emma Beachy to shut the door with a runner on base and the tying run at the plate.
“It’s all the girls honestly. We’re in a predicament where some of us are hurt but we’re battling and getting through it. It comes down to the girls and the hard work, I’m happy we got the ‘W’ today and I know the girls are happy too,” said Santos. “We got to stay healthy, we still have a few young (players with) one in the circle.
“We got our returners, sophomore Jasmine (Calkins) coming in as a good leader this year, she’s very confident and ready to go and we got to keep them healthy, all of them.”
Baylie finished with four RBIs, Fuentes and Lili Piercey each had three RBIs. Calkins struck out three in the opening game of the rain-shorten doubleheader.