By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– There was some frustrations on the part of McNary while some jubilation for South Salem after the Saxons 11-8 win Tuesday evening in South Salem.
The frustrations for the Celtics laid in that they had just reeled in the Saxons 9-8 inning following a three-run sixth inning that featured a Hannah Ebner solo shot, a two-run double by Kamryn Miller and a RBI single by Abbi Covalt that helped make closer entering the bottom half of the inning.
McNary’s swing quickly turned into some positive mojo for South, pushing their lead to 11-8 off a Brooke Leger pass ball and a sac-fly by Bella Wolf.
“It definitely hurt to lose when it was that close, but I think Hannah (Ebner) did a really good job keeping us up and pitching really hard,” said Covalt, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game. “Just staying relaxed and as a unit, we did a good job communicating. Some games you win, some games you lose. We just got to get up a little bit earlier next time, but we’ll rattle the bats.”
Ebner went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the game while coming in for relief for Faith Danner in the sixth inning with the Celtics looking to rebound versus McKay Wednesday at home.
Alley Isaac, like Danner, pitched the first five innings of the games, striking out five before Maliya Reece came in for relief to close out the game the last two innings. The loss to rival-Sprague last Wednesday seemed to have helped settle the Saxons, having defeated West Salem Friday for their first Mountain Valley Conference win 16-6 before walking away with a clutch win Tuesday.
And with them traveling to Mountain View Wednesday before facing Bend at home Saturday, the Lava Bears defeated Sprague 10-5 Tuesday in Salem, they can’t be satisfied with the last two games moving forward.
“It was so nice, we have been playing so much better than last year and we’re very happy with the result,” said Isaac. “We know we can’t be happy with the games that we have already won, we just have to come back with that mentality and keep pushing.”
Delaney Keith went 4-for-5 with three runs and a homerun while Bella Fleener went 3-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate.