By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– When Peyton Foreman launched her second home run of her young High School career to put Central up 8-5 on West Salem in the bottom of the sixth inning, confidence was high that they’ll walk out of Monday afternoon’s game with the win.
“It was really big, just having that feeling to be back in the game and putting us up by three we felt like we’ve had it. But we couldn’t keep up with the momentum,” said Foreman on the home run. “I don’t know, if felt amazing to hit that home run though.”
The Titans, who were looking to snap their three-game losing streak, didn’t back down. Eventually tying the game and their defense behind pitcher Aliah Wilsey forced the game to go into extra innings where the International Tiebreaker was put into effect.
West Salem went up 10-8, Emily Cole tied it with a two-run blooper that followed a 6-4 double play. But the Titans got out of the jam to force a ninth inning.
Masion Searle handed the Titans an one-run lead to put West Salem up 11-10 before Taylor Holmquist sent out a two-run shot to put the pressure on the Panthers to rally back from three runs down now with the score at 13-10.
West Salem stepped up to the challenge, stepping up and shutting the door on Central to pick up their third win of the season entering their nightcap game versus Grants Pass in Medford.
“It felt really good, everything just clicked and we had to get the job done. It was the time to do it,” said Searle. “We worked our butts off and we did everything we could.”
Grants Pass would take advantage of the Titans fatigue in the Caveman’s 18-0 win over West Salem.
The Panthers play again at 2pm (Eagle Point) and 4pm (Henley) while the Titans play at 2pm (South Medford) and 4pm (Del Norte of California)