By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It didn’t ring home until towards the end of the NW Vandals 16U’s 14-0 win over the Bat Company 18-Loiler Saturday night was the uniqueness of the first three batters of BC’s lineup.
They were all left-handed batters. Aliyah Wiltsey (West Salem), Carley Schlag (Sprague) and Peyton Foreman (Central) all in Bat Company’s second game of the Fall had led off for the squad.
“I actually didn’t realize it until the very last inning, so it wasn’t that much of a big deal for me to be honest,” said Vasas, who struck out three in four innings.
Schlag collected a hit in the squad’s Fall opener against the Red Heat 03 18 Saturday afternoon going into the evening nightcap where Foreman went 2-for-2 against Vasas. Collecting the lone hits for BC who look to re-connect after taking the summer off.
“It’s going to be very important for us to work together and have in-game situations like first-and-third’s, stuff like that. Without that we can’t really play the game,” said Foreman. “Hopefully we can find the positive. We hit pretty well, we just hit right to them. If we can just find the holes, that will help us a lot in the long run.”
The Vandals came out with a head-full of steam from their 6-2 loss to the Oregon Thunder, scoring six runs in the first inning on Katie Sutton. Wiltsey slowed the bats down when the Titan pitcher came in during the second inning, hanging a zero on the board for Bat Company.
Slowly however, the NW Vandals timed out Wiltsey scoring three runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth inning to force the 12-run mercy rule. Taking the game 13-0 over BC.
“It was so nice to see the bats going. It was awesome honeslty, it was pretty great and it was really fun to be apart of too,” said Payton Burnham, who went 2-for-3 with 2RBI’s in the game.
Vasas went 4-for-5 with 3RBI’s in the doubleheader, including 2-for-3 with 2RBI’s against the Bat Company.
Hailey Wadsworth struck out six for Bat Company Saturday against the Red Heat and Chlose Benson was 2-for-2 with an RBI in that game as well.
Bat Company plays again at 11:30am and 1:15pm while the Vandals play again at 11:30 and 1:15pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald