By Jeremy McDonald
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.– It was a vastly different kind of game Monday evening when St. Paul traveled to Kennedy to play the Trojans.
Kennedy took advantage of the Buckaroos youthful mistakes in their 13-3, six-inning victory to start the third week of the six-week season, but St. Paul had forced the Trojans into some dry spells. Frustrating Kennedy and coming close to taking the Trojans to their first seven-inning game of the season six games in.
“That’s baseball, we could’ve done a lot better. We need to work on our line drives and not popping up so much,” said Kennedy’s Camryn Biegel. “Just learning situational baseball and when to get the ball on the ground and when to take a good swing
“It’s a good thing to see, this is probably the best team…one of the best teams we’re going up against this season and see how we did against them, we can use that to go to our next game and whoever we’re going to play after that,” adds St. Paul’s Garrett Greaves.
Greaves drove in the first run of the game in the top half of the first inning, Biegel answered in the bottom half of the inning with a bases-clearing triple that handed the Trojans a 3-1 lead going into the second inning.
Mason Rose matched the intensity of Riley Cantu pitching during the second inning with the score holding. A throwing error on a routine putout with one-out in the third inning opened the gate for Kennedy to charge for five-runs before St. Paul got out of the jam down 8-1 doing into the fourth.
The Trojans added two more in the fifth following holding the Buckaroos to a Brody Schindler triple in the fourth. Biegel picked up his fourth RBI and Luke Beyer added his second RBI before Greaves drove in two in the top half of the sixth that drew St. Paul within a 10-3 score.
“The second game we came out strong. Not as many errors as last time, but we kept it up and got some more runs. We were able to hold them down for a while,” Greaves said.
Kennedy had stolen 12 bags in the win. Aggressive on the bags with the Bucks matching the Trojans runs permitted in their previous five games with three in one game alone Monday. Ethan Kleinschmit started a three-run inning during the bottom half of the sixth that sealed Kennedy’s sixth straight mercy-ruled victory.
Knowing that their hitting could improve a lot with some solid pitching ahead with Salem Academy later this week and Western Christian next week. The Pioneers are currently keeping pace with the Trojans at 6-0.
“We know we can improve on our hitting a lot, so when we’re playing the tougher teams that are able to hit the ball off our pitchers a little more and score some runs, we’re going to have to be able to keep up with them. We’re going to have to get runners-on-base and get runners in,” “I think our defense is pretty stout and we’ve been really good on defense. There’s still some things we need to work to improve on, just some situational things…I think we just need to work on some situational things and our defense will be really good.”
St. Paul travels to Western Christian to play the Pios on Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald