By Jeremy McDonald
NEWBERG, Ore.—Rally the bats they did down 4-2 coming down the stretch against the Frost Elite 14U Friday morning at the Crater Fields of Darnell Wright Sports Complex.
West Salem Titans 14U Dominique Bouska and her defense did what they could to slow the Frost bat’s down entering the fifth inning, just awaiting that spark from their bats to see if they could rally past their adversary on this overcast morning.
It took two pitches into the top half of the fifth inning of the Titans 9-4 win to find that spark. A triple from their catcher Maya Williams. What followed was six hits, three were singles, two doubles and a triple, before their first out.
Over that stretch, six runs were scored. Even their first out, a Sac-Fly by Bouska, was an RBI hit that made it 9-4.
“We started off, our hitting was really well and everyone behind me backed me up because everyone started to hit doubles, singles, triples and we just kept going from there,” said Williams, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
The inning, where seven runs were scored, mirrored the opening two innings of their 8am game with the Lake Oswego Renegades with back-to-back five run innings in the Titans 13-0 breakfast game win to start Friday’s game.
Jasmin Burrell, Braeli Martin, Garcie Mackay, Valerie Alonso, Izzy Hill and Maddie Bohnstedt were responsible in continuing the rally after Williams; driving in runs and turning their deficit into a sizable lead for when Bouska went back out to pitch.
“It really helped with the defense because (Frost) did get hits and we did a really good job with the defense. It helped with my pitching,” said Bouska, who struck out three in five innings.
The West Salem Titans 14U squad only permitted four hits in their doubleheader finale, moving to 4-0 in the tournament coming off of their 2-0 Pool Play performance Thursday morning in Newberg. They sit two wins away from Sunday in the winners bracket as they play the Tigard Crush Black Saturday morning at 11:45am at Jaquith Park in Newberg.
Any hiccup would make their trip to Sunday even tougher having to go through the consolation side of the bracket of the double-elimination tournament. But that’s neither here or there as their next task at hand will be with the Crush Saturday morning.
“Today was just another good day, yesterday we did pretty well too. But we just need to move forward from here and make our corrections and keep moving on,” said Williams, who went 3-for-4 overall Saturday.
“Have a good mental game, keep up with the hits and do our thing,” adds Bouska.
Hill went 3-for-5 with 2RBI’s Saturday. Alonso recorded 4RBI’s for the Titans, a team-high.