By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– It wasn’t long ago, last year actually, that Cascade had the upper hand over rival Stayton in softball with 10-straight wins before the Eagles snapped it on April 18, 2018.
Now it looks like that Stayton are looking to try to match that winning streak with their neighbors from down the street following their 5-2 win Tuesday to push their season winning streak to five and now their third over the Cougars.
Cascade’s defense didn’t make it easy as did the Eagles defense with the Cougars Mackenzie Dysinger and Stayton’s Sydney Maurer delivering strikeouts and balls to their defenses to keep the others offense from getting into a rhythm.
“It was really crucial because we had to get out bats going. Once we got our bats going, then out defense will come along as well,” said Maurer. “It was really important to get those bats rolling and it started right off the bat.”
Maurer struck out eight in the win, but also contributed three of the Eagles eight hits and drove in two of the five Stayton RBI’s against Cascade’s defense Tuesday.
Dysinger mentioned that her goal was to challenge them low in the strike zone and she admitted that a few pitches that went a little high was when the Eagles took advantage of the opportunities on the sophomore pitcher.
“All I was focused on was hitting my spots, hitting my spots, keep it low. When I was hitting low, they were hitting grounders and getting it like that. But then I kept hitting high and they would hit shots,” said Dysinger, who had four strikeouts in six innings of work.
Most of Stayton’s damage came in the third inning when they scored three runs to turn a 1-1 game into a 4-1 lead before a Camryn Boyles sacrifice hit cut the lead to two entering the fourth inning. Both teams traded baserunners over the next three innings of the contest.
For Cascade it was just a matter of bringing the energy and their bats with going from a fast pitcher to a slow one before coming back to a fast pitcher in Maurer over the past few games.
“We just need to bring the energy and our bats,” said Dysinger as the Cougars collected three hits Tuesday. “It’s hard to go from a slow pitcher and fast pitcher in between, we got to adjust just like that or else we don’t have anything.”
Maurer drove in Jade Beaumont to make it 5-2 Stayton entering the bottom of the seventh inning as an insurance run to add a cushion to the lead following Cascade’s two runners-on-base threat in the sixth inning. Maurer and the Eagles retired the Cougars in order to end the game.
“It was nice to know I helped my team out in that way and to keep us rolling, keeping the bats going. Being able to keep the team up,” said Maurer with Philomath coming to town Wednesday.
Beaumont finished with two hits for Stayton. Alexis Bales, Abby Jepsen and Diana Colin-Martinez all recorded hits in the loss for Cascade.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald