By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– For the first three-and-a-half innings of Tuesday’s Central and Stayton Bandits game, there was only one hit in the Panthers 6-3 victory at Holland Youth Park. The hit came from a double by Cameron Ordway in the bottom of the first inning.
It was 1-0 going into the fifth, as Ordway took third and eventually scored off a Connor Laeng sac-fly in the same inning. That was the only blemish against Cascade’s Caleb Boyles going into the bottom half of the fourth inning, Central tallied two more hits against the Cougar pitcher but couldn’t add to their lead against the banged up Bandits team.
“With our situation I think we did a pretty good job through the first five innings. I was throwing strikes and let my defense do the work,” said Boyles, who struck out two in five innings.
Outside of a walk and a hit-batter in the top half of the inning, Wyatt Bateman had a no-hitter going for the Central squad entering the fifth inning. Asking to go another inning with the momentum he had in berating the Stayton batters.
“I felt pretty good there at the start, had some struggles the last time I pitched so I came back and fixed them. We worked as a team and got there, got to the point of ‘hey, we’re on top’,” starts Bateman. “We lost that on top, we got back on it, hit the ball and got back out there. Had the right mentality and we got it done.”
Bateman surrendered his first hit with two outs in the top half of the sixth, a Tanner Manning single that loaded up the bases. Bateman had hit a wall a bit in the sixth, walking one and hitting two batters as Stayton plated two runs in the inning.
One off a David Kanoff sac-hit and Tommy McGuire took a bases loaded hit-by-pitch to hand the Bandits a brief 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth.
That’s when things went off the hinges for the Stayton squad. The snowball effect in a way. The squad committed three errors, two wild pitches resulting in a score and two walks that led to scores that turned the tides of the game in favor of the Panthers.
The Bandits attempt a comeback. Will Ramos hit a one-out double after TJ Marquez’ shot to center field was caught by Kyle Holt, Ramos was latter drove home by Bryce Campbell on a two-out double. But Stayton couldn’t mount a rally similar to their opposition.
“We were all hands on deck, ready to go and we went out there and did things,” said Bateman, who finished the game with six strikeouts in six innings and allowing one hit.
“I thought we did a good job trying to comeback, I think we made two errors in that inning. We got up and got that hit, TJ came in and ripped that shot to right but the guy caught it. It’s tough because they shut us down it seemed like after Will got that hit,” said Boyles.
Manning, Ramos, and Campbell all collected a hit in the game. McGuire joined Campbell and Kanoff on driving in a run.
Ordway went 2-for-2 in the game to lead Central with Brandon Komes and Tyler Vinson each driving in a run, joining Laeng in the category.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald