By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– North Salem’s Dylan Ebbs wheeled and dealed out on the mound over the opening three innings of Dallas’ 10-5 explosive win Friday afternoon on home turf.
The Senior Vikings pitcher held the Dragons to a Wyatt Bateman base-hit in the opening inning with North Salem turning the order in each of the second and third innings with the Viks leading 1-0 entering the fourth inning of the Mid-Willamette Conference game.
“I was dialed in hitting my spots. After that they started to time my pitches, they were getting used to my speed,” said Ebbs on his pitching.
Bateman, who went 4-for-4 in the game, led off the fourth inning with a single. Ebbs and the North Salem defense got the first out of the inning with the next batter, but over the next four batters, momentum shifted.
Ebbs surrendered two walks before a Carter Weibensee RBI single tied the game at one. Brody Cain, who had came in for relief for Reece Wallace in the second inning, handed Dallas a 2-1 lead on a RBI single as the runner beat the throw at home.
The Dragons lead increased to 3-1 on the same play when the throw from home to third for a routine put-out, missed it’s mark to allow the run to come home. North Salem answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead at 4-3 before a four-run inning by Dallas in the fifth inning swing the lead back entering the bottom of the fifth inning.
“After everyone started to get on the ball the energy got up and everybody kind of went and hit the ball and did their job,” said Bateman as the Dragons led 7-4.
Keegan Wafer in the bottom of the fifth, was hit by a pitch and took advantage of opportunities along the base-path and eventually scored to cut the lead to two. It was North Salem’s last run of the game despite having opportunities in the sixth and seventh to wheel Dallas back in.
“That was kind of a bummer, baseball is baseball and the way you handle it is the way it goes. So the mindset is everything to have,” said Ebbs.
The Vikings host Corvallis Saturday afternoon before traveling to Dallas Monday for Game Two of the set with the Dragons.
Bateman spoke highly of Cain over the four innings he pitched before Chase Brushe came in to close out the game in the seventh inning for Dallas second win of the league season.
“It was amazing, that kid has been working hard. Just keeps working and everyone else works hard and we do our jobs and get it done,” Bateman of Cain.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald