By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– South Albany Freshman Bella Guitterez was on-point for her team in the Jr. Oly’s 14U’s 14-4 win over the Lake Oswego Renegades Sunday afternoon at Wallace Marine Park.
Guitterez pitched the full six innings of the Travel Softball game, striking out six batters and letting her defense work behind her as the Oly’s improved to 3-0 on the weekend.
“Defense did really well, they got my back. I think we did really well,” said Guitterez. “It was so nice to have that (run-support) cushion underneath us so I wouldn’t have to worry about how many runs they had. It was definitely really nice.”
There were some hiccups defensively, four errors for the squad, but they recovered whenever one of those mishaps happened. Limiting the Renegades to one crooked number in the second inning, a two-run inning, and allowing a run in the first and fifth innings in a rare long travel-ball game.
Silverton’s Greyson Glivinski led the offensive charge Saturday, going 6-for-7 with 5RBI’s. Gutierrez contributed 4-for-5 with 7RBI’s, both Gliviniski and Gutierrez each hit home runs in the doubleheader sweep as they look to have more consistent hitting going into Sunday’s twin-bill back at Wallace Marine Park to close out the weekend.
In the second game the Jr. Oly’s collected 19 hits along the way, up from their nine-hit game in the 8am, breakfast game and surpassing their 15-hit game Saturday against the CV Impact.
“We did a lot better (in the second game), we got a bunch of great hits into the outfield and it kept our spirits up higher. So that helped a lot,” Blanchet Catholic freshman Regan Rasmussen said, who went 2-for-4 in the second game. “We just really need our bats. It’s been kind of a struggle for us to start off with our bats, we normally come around the fourth or fifth inning. So just to start off high and keep it going throughout the whole time.”
The squad plays at 10am against the Tigard Blast 14A and then at noon against Frost Elite 14U.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald