By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Just as the regular season wraps up in the Majors and the Playoffs are just to begin, Fall ball is underway as the calendar is just about to flip to October.
Just like Summer Ball, Fall Ball is just some extra reps to bridge one Spring to another to improve one’s ability out on the diamond.
“It felt pretty good to get back into my pitching routine and all that, it felt pretty good,” said West Salem Junior Jacob Oliver. “Just continue to grow on my stamina with my pitching and get some velocity on my fastball and I think I’ll be in good shape.”
Oliver pitched three innings with Capitol City Sunday afternoon at Sprague High School. Capitol City played a doubleheader with Roseburg and had defeated Roseburg in extra innings earlier in the day after being down 5-1 after the first inning, jumping out to a 3-0 lead entering the bottom half of the first inning of Game 2.
Roseburg tied things up before the Olympians Andrew Rogers takes home on a double steal to give Capitol City back the lead entering the bottom half of the second inning.
Oliver came in for Sprague’s Rory Lampe in the second inning and struck out three in three innings of work before Ethan Johnson came in to close out the game. Oliver gave up three runs in the bottom half of the third, but his offense spotted him four runs as Capitol City’s defense clamped down as their offense revved up.
“I knew I had a defense behind me so all I had to do was throw some strikes and so I knew they’ll have my back,” said Oliver.
“It’s definitely a mental game,” said Brock McMullen. “We just came here thinking we’re going to roll in, they were here ready to beat us and we weren’t ready for them. We were able to fight and win the first game, but when the second game started, we were ready to play.”
McMullen was a triple shy of the cycle in the second game while going 8-for-8 on the day to help lead the Capitol City offense to a 16-6 Game 2 win Sunday afternoon to close out the weekend.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald