By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– It was just one of those games that you just want to flush out.
For what it was worth Friday afternoon, it went from solid, to bad, to worse in a hurry for the Olympian Baseball Club Friday afternoon against the Diamond Sports Premier at Volcanoes Stadium in the Premier’s 15-3 win in the semi-final round of the Volcanoes Summer 18U Tournament.
After a strong first inning in which Jackson Muth picked up two of his three strikeouts, the Premier challenged the Olys defense by scoring five runs on three hits and two errors to take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning.
The Olympians chipped away at the deficit with a second inning that saw them load up the bases with a Brett Hassoun and Brock McMullen single and Jackson Hildebrand Hit by pitch. The three runs scored to pull the Olys back with two of the Premier at 5-3 thanks to a pick-off error at third, a Mason George sac fly and a throwing error at first.
“We came back with a three-or-four spot (in the second inning) and it feels good knowing that you could stay in the game, but then when we go back onto the field and then have four-or-five errors that inning and give up another five runs it’s kind of hard to come back into it,” said McMullen, who went 1-for-3 in the game.
“In the previous few games we were 3-0 before we lost, we were making no errors and hitting the crap out of the baseball…playing as a team. Today and yesterday I think we came to the field a little bit dry and low, that transferred over to the game and we had a few more errors than we should have. I think if we minimize the errors in both those games, we win both those games.”
The Oly Way has their teams scrap for every last ounce of energy they have. They showed it the night before against Aloha in the 7-6 defeat Thursday and back on Wednesday afternoon in their 7-5 win over the Saints. But on this day, the Diamond Sports squad proved too strong with their ten-hit day and forcing the Olympians to commit seven errors in the contest against the Travel ball team.
McMullen, Hassoun and Lukas Elkins recorded the three hits for the Olys Saturday who play Central (9am) and Valley (noon) Saturday at Holland Youth Park as the squad finished 3-2 in Keizer.
“We knew coming into this tournament it was going to be a bunch of travel ball teams and we knew we were a High School team, but we came in it thinking we’re going to win. Won a few games and it was good for the younger guys to see some better pitching and come up and play with us a little bit just to see faster-paced baseball and a little bit more competitive baseball,” said McMullen.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald