By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Jasmine Young found herself throwing upwards of 400 pitches over the past two days as the North Salem freshman was just finding ways to helping her team. Her last pitch resulted in a strikeout to end the sixth inning in a 3-2 deficit to California’s Del Norte to give her offense one last opportunity to walk out of the North Medford Spring Break Invite with their third win.
“My teammates were very supportive out there. I mean I just kept going for them, they battled for me I was going to battle for them,” said Young. “They brought me up and we took some wins this weekend.”
The last time the Vikings were in the North Medford Spring Break Invite during the 2013-2014 season, they went 0-4 during the trip, but in their first day in Medford Monday they defeated North Valley 16-6 and held off Willamette’s charge for the 6-3 win. North Salem led 6-0 in that game at one point.
Tuesday against Thurston in the Breakfast Game, the Vikings jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Colts pulled away for the 19-8 win. North Salem answered back in their final game of the Invite, tying the game at two after two quick runs by their Californian counterparts.
The Vikings got Brianna Vasquez on base after she was walked in the top half of the seventh inning, but North Salem couldn’t bring her home to tie the game up and possibly force extra innings. And as they met as a team following the game, they’re heading back to Salem for the remainder of their Spring Break with a 2-2 record coming out of the Invite with six freshman on their Varsity roster this season once again.
But to have the best of both worlds, the winning and the learning experience through losing, the competition faced the past two days allowed this young team to work through the adversity as it presents itself with league right around the corner.
“So to go against Del Norte there and lose 2-3 I thought we fought through some adversity, we didn’t fight through all of the adversity that we had, but we did fight back. It says a lot for us,” said Elders.
“Our league is going to be tough even though we dropped down to 5A, we still have West Albany in our league and last years league champions (in the Greater Valley Conference) in 6A. So we got a tough league this year, Dallas, Silverton, Central. Tough competition, so we’re going to have to keep fighting no matter what.”