By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– The Olympians continued their momentum Tuesday evening at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium against the NW Stars Academy Eagles squad.
The squad built upon their 6-3 lead by nearly matching their 6-0 start Monday with a 5-1 start entering the third inning of their 11-1, five inning victory on this evening. Brett Hassoun started his 3-for-3 3RBI day with a two-run Ruthian Blast over the tall fence over right field to get Sprague on the board, bringing Andrew Rogers home from second in the first inning.
Jackson Muth got the nod on the mound, carrying over the momentum from the army of arms the Olys threw the night before, amassing 11 strikeouts in five innings of work. The lone blemish against him and his defense on this day, a two-error play that advanced the runner from first home during the top half of the second inning with one out on the board.
“It’s good. We’re getting hot at the right time; I think with this team earlier this summer we weren’t playing as a team and playing as we should and now, we’re starting to get to it. It’s pretty fun and hopefully we can keep it going for the rest of the week,” said Muth.
The Olympians pushed their lead to 11-1 thanks in part to a six-run fourth inning. Two runs came off wild pitches, three came off of singles and another run came off a double as Sprague put the game to rest in the next top half of the inning.
“Our bat’s been struggling all summer, it’s great to get them going this tournament. It’s really helped us with our bats and everyone’s coming through. We have 20-something kids here and it’s barreling up the ball and doing our job. Everyone’s doing their jobs which is nice to see too,” said Muth.
Muth recorded the double as the Oly pitcher went 2-for-3 with 2RBI’s from the plate. Broderick Stanaway went 2-for-3 with an RBI as six Sprague batters drove in at least one RBI in the win.
The Olys play Aloha Wednesday at 4:30pm back at Volcanoes Stadium.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald