By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– Banks Cameron Louie and his catcher Brandon Reed of Salem Academy stood shoulder-to-shoulder awaiting the verdict from their recent play from the umpires standing in between second and third base.
The question was, on the back-end of a possible game-ending 9-6 double play, was what to do following the obstruction called at second.
In Valley’s 9-8 win, with the game standing at the score with two outs and the bases loaded, the verdict became the out in right would count but the Washington County players at third and second would remain. Saving the game-tying run from scoring from third.
Coming off of it, Louie knew he had a job to do to close out the win.
“I knew I had a job to do, I just wanted to give my guys a play and I was able to do that,” said Louie. “I was giving them a shot.”
Baseball can be weird game at times. Through the first three-and-a-half innings, the bats rallied. An awakening from summer’s past as they jumped out to a 9-2 lead on the Warriors.
Stayton’s Danner Salisbury was 2-for-2 with 2RBI’s to start game, on a tear from Monday’s back-end of their doubleheader where he went 2-for-2, as the Eagles Pitcher went 3-for-4 Tuesday and 6-for-9 in the last three games with 3RBI’s.
“It feels great to help out anyway I can. Everyone started to square it up a little bit, that week-off probably didn’t help us but we started to get it back but we’ll be good moving forward,” said Salisbury.
Salisbury got the start, going three-and-two-third innings with two strikeouts, but it was in the bottom of the fourth inning where Washington County rallied. Scoring five runs on the heels of scoring twice over the second and third innings, pulling within two of Valley into the fifth inning.
Pressured increased as Valley couldn’t add any insurance runs to their lead and Warriors slowly loading up bases with no outs.
Louie, who came in for Tyler Minney after a 20-pitch relief appearance for Salisbury the inning before, let one batter get away from him as him and his defense picked up the pair of outs and coming out of the craziness that came with the second out.
The first pitch coming out of the umpire meeting, Louie forced a ground-ball to Chase Reynolds at third who turned the put-out to Simon Mathios at first out to end the game and handed Valley their first win of the Fall.
“It’s definitely refreshing,” said Louie. “I think it’ll give our team something to hold-on to going into these next upcoming games for sure.”
Louie finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, Mathios went 3-for-3 with 2RBI’s in the win for Valley.
Valley plays again Thursday morning at 9am back at Volcanoes Stadium against Parkside Baseball.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald