By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– The bats came through when they needed to for the NM Magic 06 14U on home turf Friday evening in their pool opener against the Newberg Ambush 14U.
The squad found themselves playing on the Varsity field at North Marion High School following the cancellation of their tournament in Canby scheduled for this weekend, and their five-run third inning helped them in their 8-7 victory on this evening.
“I was excited, everyone just got going,” said Peyton Saucy. “It was just one hit, everyone just kept going and we kept it going.
“It was kind of a rough start, everyone were making those minor errors that you can fix. Then we started to pick it up there towards the end, getting the speed with the hitting and raising and we just kept it going. Kept it strong.”
Holding onto a 3-2 lead entering the bottom half of the second inning, the hit parade started when Evie West drove in Kadence Burelson with an RBI Double. Saucy drove West in the following at-bat, Ambur Livingston kept the double’s streak going at three to bring Saucy home that made it a then 6-2 lead for the Magic.
Ava Shaffer walked before a Grace Larsen single brought home two runs. All before the first out was even recorded with the NM Magic ended up leading 8-2 by innings end.
But, just as they built an sizable lead, it quickly dwindled to a one-run lead with their Newberg opposition hanging a five-run inning as well on the Magic defense in the fourth-inning to put the pressure back onto their home host.
The NM Magic didn’t add to their lead, but their defense had settled back down to finish off the win 8-7 before taking on the Lake Oswego Renegades in the nightcap, under the lights on the Varsity field.
It wasn’t the nightcap they were hoping for as the Renegades jumped out to a 7-0 lead going into bottom of the fourth inning. Shiloh Thompson scored on a pass ball to break-up the shutout, but the Magic couldn’t cut the deficit down any further in the 8-1 defeat.
Livingston went 3-for-4 with 2RBI’s in the doubleheader and had struck out five against the Lake Oswergo Renegades. Saucy went 2-for-4 in the doubleheader.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald