By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Aliyah Wiley found herself coming close to a no-hitter Saturday when the West Salem sophomore allowed just one-hit that came late in the game in otherwise perfect performance in the Titans 16-0 win over Summit in five innings.
“I think I’ve been getting my confidence back up and in my abilities,” said Wiley, who struck out seven in five innings. “That’s really helping me hit my spots and shake-off the little things. I feel like I’m doing better than the beginning of the season.”
They found their rhythm defensive and the groove offensively against the Storm as the squad prepares for a tough week ahead with four-game in five days. Two coming against McNary on Monday and Friday with McKay (Tuesday) and Sprague (Wednesday).
One of the two games against the Celtics is a make-up from early this season due to rain.
Sage Barnes went 4-for-4 with five RBIs in the win with a Homerun to help with the offensive charge, but the Senior admits that their game against Bend this past Wednesday helped them see how they can play entering this next mentally and physically
“We got to see what our league is going to look like for the next few years,” started Barnes with a laugh about Bend. “I think the challenge we had was with Bend and that was pretty tough, but we did pull through so I think the next week we’re going to carry the same actions, values from that into next week against the tough games like at McNary.”
“It was really good to see everything coming together knowing that we’re maintaining that from last few games and to bring that to the next week with every game that we play,” adds Wilsey.
The Lava Bears are currently 11-5 overall and 4-1 in league following their 8-4 win over South Salem, West Salem are a half-game behind them tied with McNary and Sprague at 3-1 in the Mountain Valley Conference.
Taylor Holmquist went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the win. Taila Perez, Reese Wittman, Savannah Helms and Wilsey all recorded two hits apiece.
First pitch between the Celtics and West Salem is at 4:30pm at home.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald