By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– Baker’s Sam McCauley was the spark plug for the Team Vogelsong to start the 2020 Baseball Senior Day Games Friday afternoon at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium.
As Vogelsong jumped out to a 6-1 lead over Team Crawford, McCauley started the game with two doubles and would end the game going 3-for-4 with 2RBI’s; adding a triple to his resume in the fifth inning in Team Crawford’s 14-8 victory.
“I think I did good; I made a few errors there in that last inning, but other than that it was good,” McCauley said, who will be playing at Dordt University in Iowa next year. “It’s just a fun experience. It’s been tough (with Coronavirus), I’ve been playing summer ball and this isn’t the end for me…but for other Seniors, some people I know especially, won’t go on to play after High School.
“From a Senior aspect, it’s just nice to get out onto the field.”
It’s just a fun way to end their prep careers. For the Seniors also too, they were honored before the first pitch of Friday’s game. Parents on the field with them as they were honored on the Short-Season Single-A baseball diamond this weekend.
For South Salem’s Greyson Hanowell, who will be attending Chemeketa Community College for baseball, the Saxon catcher has been playing with David Wong’s Summer team himself and had drove in the first run of the Series in the top half of the first inning.
“With this team, it’s pretty unique because of Ryan Brown’s dad (Cascade Head Baseball Coach Chris Brown) and my grandpa Ron (Caligure) it’s kind of our last game where he’s coaching and I’m playing. It’s kind of a cool memoir. Something to seal the deal and move onto the next thing in life,” said Hanowell.
Hanowell drove in two runs in the game, his last RBI coming in the third inning in which sparked a five-run inning against Regis’ Bryce Campbell, who had held the Crawford squad to one run until that inning. Campbell pitched three innings in the game with three strikeouts.
Cole Runion of Silverton came in during the third inning in relief for North Marion’s Ryan Olson, striking out four in two innings of work as the Team Crawford lead ballooned out to 11-6 after four.
Wilsonville’s Cole Kleckner struck out two in the fifth inning, slowing down the Crawford bats as McCauley drove in one and was hit in by Milwaukie’s Nick Cooper in the fifth and final inning of the game. McCauley’s teammate Spencer Smith went 2-for-2 in the game
Jackson Nees of Regis went 2-for-2 with a double and a stolen base.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald