By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Chemeketa knew that Everett was going to be a tough challenge entering this weekend’s four-game series at home.
But as they showed, rallying back from 7-1 down to drop a tough 7-6 first game and traded runs with the Trojans in the second game that included a Jackson Holstad two-run homerun, they were ready to battle.
“It was good, we had some momentum going into the second game. But the rain delay, those are hard to play in and we had to stay with it and keep a good mentality,” said Holstad of the two games Saturday.
The nearly 90 minute rain delay seemed to slow both teams down a hair from their strong start to the Saturday doubleheader, the difference coming in the fourth inning where Everett scored five runs to separate themselves from the Storm. Four of the runs came way of a Tate Wallat Grand Slam that seemed to act like the momentum swinger in the game.
The Chemeketa offense produced nine hits in 10-4 loss, but their bats couldn’t produce the runs they needed to mount a comeback though their defense held the Trojans to four runs in eight innings outside of the rough fourth inning.
With two more games in the four-game series Sunday at Chemeketa again starting at noon, the Storm are looking to get at least one of the two games to build some momentum entering NWAC South Region League Play at Mt. Hood Community College next weekend.
“I think we come out with the same energy we did today, just hopefully things go our way tomorrow,” said Blake Arritola, who went 2-for-6 in the doubleheader Saturday.
Holstad finished with four RBIs in the doubleheader, Mason Pearson struck out three in six innings in his Game One start and Ryan Thompson added three in 1.2 innings of relief in Game 2. Game Three is set for noon with the Series Finale set for after the conclusion of Game three.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald