By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.—The McNary Youth Baseball-Lane and Woodburn game was moved up from Sunday to Thursday night at Keizer Little League due to the incoming rain forecasted this weekend in the area.
For the first three-and-two-third innings of the match-up, it was all you would expect out of a youth baseball game in the Bulldogs 12-2 win over the Celtics on this evening at Keizer Little League. Both Woodburn’s Aaron Cruz and MYB’s Andrew Hammond were limiting the other’s offense, letting their defense work in a game that was all knotted up at two-apiece with two outs in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
“It was good, they were a good team and we played good the first couple good innings but our energy got low,” said Hammond, who struck out five in three-and-two-third innings. “It definitely helped; we do need to work on it yeah. Stay in the game, be ready to play against better teams.”
For Cruz the lone hit he surrendered, the lone hit the ‘Dogs gave up in the whole game actually, came in the third inning when Josh Allen picked up a double. The two Celts runs came in the second inning, one off a ground-out and another off a steal of home to then tie it at two.
“I think my pitching helped out a lot and then our bats started hitting after the third inning,” said Cruz, who struck out a game-high six batters in four innings and drove in 3RBI’s. “We got the bats going and we had good defense.”
“It was phenomenal. (Cruz) let them hit it and we made the plays,” adds Cruz Veliz. “We got the bats going late in the game and sealed it for us. It was good. Dez (Chavez) got a hit to get that two-out rally going, then we got the bats going. I got that double, Dylon (Renteria)…everyone came together and got big hits.”
Woodburn’s two-out rally started with Chavez’ single with their bats picking up steam and put the pressure on McNary. The Bulldogs picked up eight of their 11 hits, stole 14 of their 22 bases over the fourth and fifth innings, and five walks over the fourth and fifth-innings to turn a 2-2 game into the 12-2 final result.
Cruz and his twin brother Asiel Cruz, Renteria and Sawyer Enderle all recorded two hits in the victory, seeing the Cruz Duo, Renteria and Veliz recorded at least one RBI of Woodburn’s six on this night.
Mentally staying in the game was what Hammond said before, and with two games left in the Fall Ball season for the Celtics-Lane squad and for Woodburn, it’s a matter of learning from this game and improving upon it moving forward to finish off their schedule strongly as they continue to play ball into October.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald