By Jeremy McDonald
EUGENE, Ore.– It took a while for the bats of the Post 20 Dirtbags to come around Friday afternoon at Swede Johnson Stadium at North Eugene High School in the Papa’s Pizza Invitational.
Facing the Washington Rush, the Evergreen State squad were breathing down the neck’s of the Dallas-based team who led 3-2 entering the fourth inning. Their defense was allowing some hits to get by them, but they clamped up behind a complete-game effort by Central’s Emiliano Alacron.
“The pitcher has a lot to do up there and just knowing that your players have your back, especially out in the outfield we have a lot of athletic guys out there,” said Jacob Maiben. “I feel like it just gives us more confidence.”
The Rush challenged the outfield of Post 20 on occasion during the game, but the outfield was quickly able to get the ball back in to their infielders to cut off the runners from advancing any further.
And by the bottom half of the fourth inning, the bat reinforcements arrived. First with two runs to make it a 5-2 ball game before erupting for six in the bottom half of the fifth inning to almost force the 10-run rule, but came up a run short entering the sixth up 11-2 on Washington.
They got timely hits from their lead-off guy in Maiben down to their ninth-man in Braden Allison to keep the ball rolling in the eight run swing in the game.
“Oh it’s awesome. It gave into our confidence for sure and it gives me more of a future outlook of a season that we’re going to have, especially going further down into league,” said Maiben. “So far the confidence level for us is pretty good.”
The Rush tacked on two more runs to their total in the sixth before Post 20 turned their 11-4 lead into the decisive 14-4, sixth inning win thanks to a RBI Single by Maiben and a two-run double by Kyle Mitsuyasu.
Maiben went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Blake Arritola went 2-for-4 with 2RBIs. Mitsuyasu and Allison each had two RBI’s each.
Alacron went six innings in the win, striking out one and only allowing three earned runs to his name in the 14-4 win. The Dirtbags play again Saturday at Swede Johnson Stadium at 1:40pm against Mudville.