By Jeremy McDonald
INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Central’s Emily Cole another double-digit strikeout game to her pitching resume following the Panthers 7-6 home victory against Silverton.
The number following this game was 14. Pounding the zone and challenging the young Foxes team in front of her to swing and see if they get it into play Friday evening.
Staying the course despite giving up home runs by Ariana Meraz (three-run Home Run) and Braezen Henderson (solo home run) in the fourth inning that had put Silverton ahead 4-2 at that point in time.
“We had timely hits later on, we just did our job and stayed calm throughout it and not panicked. We just did our jobs,” Cole said. “We’re communicating better, we’re hitting. Fielding, we’re doing the routine plays very well and I think we’re doing a way better job of doing that so far.”
Until the fifth inning, the Foxes Mila Perez held the Central offense to two early runs. The runs coming from Kaitlyn Brian and Emily Newbeck as they’re slowly closing the gap between themselves and their competition with Corvallis, South Albany and Lebanon coming up to close out the season.
Wednesday’s game against the Spartans will be their last home game for their lone Senior in Jordon Sheppard.
“We’re actually a pretty young team, so I think we’re really going to grow throughout the year. We’ve got a couple of freshmen, a couple of sophomores and the rest are upperclassmen. But honestly, I think we’ll keep growing. Just keep our heads in the game and support everyone,” Henderson said.
“It was a pretty good battle (Friday). I think we just lost it at the end, but other than that I think we battled pretty well and they came back with their hits. Little errors that could’ve made it a win,”
Central built off the little things given to them during the fifth-inning, leading up to Peyton Foreman’s fifth home run of the season as the Junior went 4-for-4 with 4RBI’s. A three-run home run that handed the Panthers back the lead 5-4 going to the sixth inning.
Cole shut down the Silverton bats in the top half of the sixth as Naturelle Perez and Foreman drove in runs in the bottom half of the inning, making it 7-4 going to the final frame of the game.
“(Those) insurance runs are always helpful. I think we did a good job in that you can take a breath. I think we did good there at the end, we got it,” laughed Cole.
Henderson and Kate Kofstad pulled the game to within one with an out on the board. But thanks to a clutch 9-4 double play between starting with Brielle Lowry in Center catching a flyball before relaying it in to second, Central walked away with their sixth win of the season and third in their last four. Finishing off the season at Dallas Monday, West Albany Wednesday at home and Cascade Friday in Turner.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald