By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Bryce Campbell got his final career start on the bump for the Stayton Bandits Thursday evening.
It was an emotional day for sure as the Regis-grad, who had two no-hitters as a Junior last Spring for the Rams, hung a zero on a stout Titans Baseball Club offense. Picking up two of his three strikeouts in the Titans 12-4 victory at Holland Youth Park.
“It felt great, especially after not playing the whole summer…pitching one more time it’s just amazing,” said Campbell. “Just one more chance to go out and do what I can do. It’s not what I expected, but it happens.”
The Titans, coming off their tough 5-3 loss to the Olympians Tuesday afternoon, quickly swung the game into their favor over the next two innings. Scoring 11 runs, including nine in the third inning where Kaden Reidhead (three-run home run) and Andrew Neadeau (solo home run) hit back-to-back home runs to set the tone for the remainder of the game.
The rally had forced the Bandits to go to their bullpen earlier than expected as Wyatt Connally came in for relief of Campbell to close out the inning.
“It’s just fun watching everyone doing well throughout the summer, kind of struggled especially with Covid. People struggled to find their rhythm, can’t practice or anything. It’s just nice seeing guys hitting the ball and moving people around, it’s a lot of fun,” said Reidhead, who went 2-for-5 with 4RBI’s in the win.
“We were up in those first few innings and we stayed up the whole entire time instead of dipping down low on a rollercoaster, we just stayed up there and competed the whole time even though we were up by a lot.”
Ben Nagle hit the third home run of the game for the Titans in the fifth inning as the Bandits fought off the run-rule with a three-run fourth inning. TJ Marquez scored off an error, Campbell hit a sac-fly driving Tommy McGuire home and Joe Alley scored before Aaron Nease was tagged out to end the third inning during that spurt for Stayton.
The Bandits picked up one more run in the bottom of the seventh, off a Colton Gumc double, but the early deficit was too much to comeback from as the Titans didn’t let their guard down in the game.
With the end of the season on the horizon Saturday, the Titans playing Valley at 3pm and Stayton having the nightcap against Valley at 6pm, there is one last opportunity for the ballplayers to finish Summer off right.
“We’re going to come out and have some fun. For some of the Seniors, including me, we’re going to try to finish off on a good note, get a win and finish the Summer off,” said Campbell.
Nagle finished going 2-for-2 with 2RBI’s for the Titans and Gumc led the Bandits with 2-for-3.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald