By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The Central Valley Conference has presented its members with a big time challenge entering the Cumulative Week with it’s league playoffs.
Friday had Regis-Jefferson, Central Linn and East Linn Christian playing. Saturday at noon will have the Rams facing the Eagles with the winner playing the Cobras for a chance to play Monroe at 5pm for the league Championship. Four games in two days and upwards of three if either Regis or East Linn make it to the League Title Game.
“Mentally it’ll be very important for us because baseball games aren’t quick games. They’re mentally challenging, especially if you mess up on a play you just got to go to the next one,” the Rams Byron Bishop said. “So I think it’s going to be very important on how we do mentally tomorrow on how our results will be played out.”
The Lions Friday afternoon pulled even with Regis at one going to the bottom of the second inning thanks to Jace Aguilar being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Jefferson, with their three Seniors on roster, scored at least a run in the second, third and fourth innings, but couldn’t keep pace with the Rams in the 14-4 contest.
With a solid core coming back from their 5-8 team in 2022, this game. This season even helped them see how they can improve once they come back out to the diamond.
“It’ll give us a lot of experience in the next two-or-three years. All of these young guys, limited Seniors, I think we’ll be good next year,” the Lions Haden Gough said. “(Regis) played a good game, they got good hits. We could’ve focused up better, other than that they’re pretty good.”
Gough, a sophomore, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and pitched an inning-and-a-third with a strikeout for Jefferson. Zach Wusstig collected the other hit for the Lions.
Bishop led the Rams with 3-for-4 hitting with 3RBI’s and struck out seven in three-and-two-third innings. Max Eaton and Mason Koenig each drove in 2RBI’s for Regis in the win as they scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning, slowly pulling away from Jefferson before getting the ten-run mercy rule in the sixth inning.
Game one for Regis is scheduled for noon at Monroe High School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald