By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The trick at the back-end of a triple-header is how to dig deep and find that other gear.
For the Jr. Oly’s 14U Pilgrim, they were in the wrapping up their 3-0 day at Wallace Marine Park in Pool play of the Jag Labor Day Classic having coming off wins over the NW Vandals and the Oregon Blaze entering their finale against the Tigard Blast 12U.
It took an inning for their bats to wake up and when they did, they erupted. In two innings, the second and third, the Oly’s scored 13 unanswered runs led by 4RBI’s from McKenzee Petersen.
“It was definitely nice to see, I like to see it and it helps me a lot (pitching). It helps all of our pitchers out when we hit (well),” said Petersen, who came in for relief of Emma Sheets in the fourth inning.
They led 13-3 after three innings and were sailing high thinking they were on their way to a sound victory to close out pool play ahead of their 4pm game Sunday at the complex in Salem.
But the Blast did live up to their name and had blast down the door, taking advantage of the minor hiccups presented to them from the Jr. Oly defense Saturday afternoon. Turning a 13-3 lead into a 13-8 game going to the bottom of the fourth inning.
Tigard held the Oly’s to no-runs in the bottom half of the inning and were continuing their trek back hitting the ball well. The Jr. Oly’s were able to hold the Blast to that one five-run inning as the drop-dead time came into effect mid-inning with an out on the board rolling back the then 13-9 score back to 13-8, reverting back to the last complete inning, as the game came to an end 13-8.
Sunday presents a new day and it’s time to put today aside, rest up and get ready to go Sunday said Head Coach Jason Pilgrim. Win the bracket game Sunday afternoon and it’s onto Monday’s final day of the tournament.
“Basically get some rest and let’s go back to battle. That’s it, just throw that one away, it never happened. We left the day 3-0 and that’s all that matters. Left as the one-seed for tomorrow, everyone is seeded and you know you have a first-round bye and let’s get ready to go,” said Pilgrim.
Summer Melena and Genevieve Osburg each drove in 2RBI’s for the Olys in the win against Tigard. Petersen went 3-for-3 in the final game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald