By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Sprague’s Broderick Stanaway had a gem going in Tuesday’s game against Valley.
A no-hitter into the fifth, a one-hitter an out into the sixth as his Olympian squad led Valley 2-1 into the bottom of the seventh. For six innings, Stanaway and West Albany’s Chase Reynolds led their defense’s into battle. Three runs were scored, seven hits allowed and 20 strikeouts were featured between the two squads Tuesday evening.
“I think I did pretty well. I only walked two guys out there, I think one lead-off batter got on base (but) I think I did well out there,” said Stanaway, who ended the day with six strikeouts and permitting two hits.
Across the way Reynolds too had a no-hitter bid flowing into the third inning as the Bulldog Senior struck out 11 in his six innings. Him and his defense only allowed three hits in the 2-1 Olympian win at Holland Park on this mid-summer night.
“It was a pitching battle throughout. Chase pitched a phenomenal game, I mean six innings. He’s super good and gave his a chance to win the game, he put us in a spot to win it,” said Danner Salisbury. “It just came down to one of those things that we got to come through and we just didn’t quite do it today, but we’ll get them next time for sure.”
Salisbury, an incoming Senior at Stayton High School, was the lone batter on either team to record a multi-hit game with two hits. Salisbury broke Stanaway’s no-hitter with a lead-off single before scoring on an error two pitches later to pull Valley to within one coming down the stretch.
The Olys of Sprague did their damage in terms of scoring in the third following Dayton Walker’s lead-off single as Brock McMullen drove him home before the Olympians added an second run off of a sacrifice hit by Brett Hassoun to gain the lead.
But the golden thing about these kinds of games as the pressure grew coming down the stretch, it reveals character of a team. Staying with it mentally and physically knowing one hit or error could snowball into something bad.
“It was pretty nerve-racking up there when they got that one-run,” said Stanaway.
Stanaway and Reynolds exited the game in the seventh. South Salem’s Tyler Minney turned the three-up, three-down inning; striking out two in his closer apperence to give Valley a crack for the win against Andrew Rogers.
Rogers struck out Luke Killinger to start the inning and got Cody Wirth to pop-out around Salisbury single. But with Reynolds reaching on an error and Brandon Reed loading up the bases with a single, the tide had turned sour on the Olys with two outs.
Stanaway admits the errors there in the sixth and seventh-innings are fixable with more practice with Blake Bowers coming to the plate with the game 2-1 in favor of Sprague. Salibury was on third, Reynolds on second and Reed on first.
On the 2-2 pitch, Bowers took his chance with the chance of a good hit would win them the game. The ball wouldn’t leave the infield as the Olympian Baseball Club turned the routine play for the final out for the game.
“It was one of those deals where you get a break or you don’t. Today we didn’t, hopefully next time it’ll go for our favor,” said Salisbury.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald