By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Cascade certainly found a way to close out the week with a bang Thursday afternoon versus Newport.
On the heels of their big win over eighth-ranked Philomath Wednesday, the energy came-and-went but the Cougars found a way to get it done in their 9-8 win over the Cubs entering the final week of the regular season.
“Well yesterday we came out with a lot of energy and today we came out flat, but by the end we had to push through it because we really needed these wins in order to keep playing on which all of us want,” said Bailey Dysinger. “I think we realized towards the end the game we needed a lot more than what we thought.”
Newport jumped out on Mackenzie Dysinger and her defense to a 3-0 lead entering the bottom half of the second inning. That deficit, it seemed like was a spark-plug that Cascade needed as both squads fight for a playoff spot sitting at 15th and 17th respectively entering the game.
The Cougars took a 4-3 lead in the second inning that included a Crystal Campbell three-RBI Triple that turned a 3-1 deficit into the lead entering the third inning.
The defense settled in behind Dysinger as the offense continued to push the lead out to a 8-3 lead entering the sixth inning. That was when Newport, not ready to go down without a fight, got the game back to within one with a four-run inning of their own in the sixth and tied the game up at 8 on a two-out play in the seventh to put the pressure back on Cascade down the stretch.
“It was pretty frustrating when they got that big inning and we were winning only by one, it was a little nerve-racking. But it was like we had to get our bats going again, once they tied it up especially too,” said Cougar freshman Jamiy Bangert.
Bailey Dysinger led off with a Double and was replaced by McKenna Gramzow on the base paths. Abby Jeppsen bunted the freshman over to third when Bangert came to the plate with one out on the board.
The frosh, as the underclassmen showed the last two games, weren’t afraid of the pressure as Bangert found just enough of a gap to send the ball through to drive Gramzow home from third base to cap their second big win of the week.
It was just part of them executing their jobs out there.
“It was so good and we executed our jobs very well. Abby got her bunt down which caused the runner to be scoreable,” said Bangert. “It was a very big deal, we just had to make sure we were on our ‘A’-game both days because they’re some of the best teams in our league to be ready to play them.”
And with fifth-ranked Sweet Home Monday, Woodburn Wednesday and 12th-ranked Stayton Thursday for Senior Night, more opportunities are there for Cascade to show that they’re capable of competing in the postseason with the hopes of sealing one of those playoff spots beyond next week.
“The whole season we’ve been struggling and I think this past week with all the wins this week have really boost all of our confidences. I know me and my team have it in us to do what we want and I believe that we can go far,” said Bailey Dysinger. “We can still bring up our bats a little bit more because we’re still not the best that we can be.
“But we’re getting there with all the games we’ve been winning and how good we’ve been doing. Yeah we’ve made some errors along the way, but we’ve been learning and we just keep improving every time.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald