By Jeremy McDonald
BOISE, Idaho– Centennial of Idaho had South Salem on the ropes with the game now a three-run game after the Saxons hot start that featured three straight doubles to start the game.
But entering the top half of the fourth inning, it seemed as if the South Salem offense rolled back around.
Brayden Neuharth and the Alvarado brothers got on base to load the bases with one out on the board when Kaiden Doten came to the plate.
In a game in which the balls that the Saxons had connected well on had traveled to, and off, the fence; it was no surprise that sooner-or-later one would find the top of the fence.
For Doten, the roulette wheel stopped and the ball landed on his number as he launched his third hit of the game over the green fences at Borah High School for the Grand Salami to give the Saxons a 9-2 lead with one out on the board.
It wasn’t so much that he was looking to pad his stats as much as it was to help South find a way to win the game.
“I could care less about my own stats. I just really care about putting runs up on the board for my team,” said Doten, who finished with six RBIs on a 4-for-4 day. “It wasn’t just me today, the whole team came together and I think that’s kind of new for us. We hit one through nine today, that’s what we’re looking for.
“We just got to have fun. We play best when we have fun. I feel like we get a little bit of pressure on ourselves and we don’t do as good. Stay relaxed cause we know we can do it.”
The Saxons led 10-2 when the inning ended and Doten brought two home off an RBI double. Doten was later brought home by Elijah Enomoto-Haole shortly later with South complying 15 hits that resembled a few of their monster wins from last season in the hit and run columns.
Look at this, their 13 runs Thursday nearly matched their 15 runs they scored in their opening five games combined.
But hey, yes it is just one game into their Boise trip with three to go, the team comradery however seem to question if this is just a sign of things to come. The fruition of knocking off the rust from Winter and finally hitting their stride?
“I think spending a few days together, finding a feel for each other and really being around each other…we’re a big family, we’ve been around each other for a few years. We get under each other’s skins, but we know how to turn it on,” said Sean Alvarado, who went 2-for-2 in the win.
But now, with a 1pm and 6pm doubleheader Friday at Capital High School in Boise, there will be another test to build off of Thursday morning/early afternoon win leading into Saturday’s getaway game.
“I feel like we’re in a rthymn, we’re in a grove and I feel like we’re in a real good place. We have the hitters and we have the confidence to take anything in front of us,” said Alvarado.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald