By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– A few months ago during Fall Ball, Silverton’s Gage Mack and Cole Runion each combined for a no-hitter against Clackamas Community College. Runion’s dad and Foxes Head Coach Jeremiah Runion mentioned the story prior to the two Seniors signing day Wednesday morning by the main entrance of the school.
Mack pitched for five innings of that game while Runion went the rest of the way in relief against the Cougars that Fall day. In the stands watching was Linfield College, and fast-forward to February 12, all of their hard-work plus that capping off of Fall Ball this past year had paid off while strengthening the bond between the two teammates.
“I felt like it brought us together a lot more and it gave us that bond. (Mack) joined us his sophomore year, it really helped us get closer,” said Runion.
The two Silverton ballplayers join 2018 Foxes-grad Colton Meyers with the Wildcats. Meyers a sophomore, struck out four in four-and-two-third innings on February 8 against Chapman to start his second season in the Purple and White.
“I’ll get to play with someone I’ve played with in the past…I played with him my sophomore year and I’m just super excited for the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Mack.
Runion described it as a unreal moment, a moment that he’s been dreaming of growing up.
“To be able to be playing with Colton and Gage, it’s something I’ve been looking forward to,” said Runion.
And with the season kicking off here in a few weeks with practice and Silverton’s jamboree on March 16 and their first game of the season March 19 versus St. Helens, Mack and Runion will have their work cut out for them.
The two, along with Zach Gerhards, are the lone Seniors entering Spring after the squad graduated eight seniors from their Quarterfinals appearance last season with a young team alongside them this year.
“It’s going to be challenging because last year we were going with eight seniors to three seniors (this year). A lot of the leadership has to be more distributed,” said Mack.
“It’s going to be big. We’re going to be a super young team this year, so they’re going to be looking up to us. It’s going to be important for us to keep our heads up and keep pushing forward, try to stay positive throughout the season,” adds Runion.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald