By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The game was moving at a healthy clip Sunday afternoon at Stayton High School, and for good reason as the Withnell Dodgers and the Portland Eastside American Legion squads were trying to beat the rain that was slowly moving towards them from Salem.
Sprague’s Jackson Muth and Broderick Stanaway kept their Portland oppositions in check. Holding them to two runs over the six innings the Olympian duo split the innings with their offense slowly coming around in their second game of the season. Muth fanned five in his short-period of work, Stanaway continuing the success as the rain arrived by the fourth inning.
“It was kind of a slow start offensively, but defensively and stuff we did well, especially in the rain. But once we got the bats going in the sixth inning, I think things began to come around and we finished it out,” Muth said. “We’re only playing a few games a week now and in a couple of weeks it’s a grind so we have to be ready to come play everyday or else we’re going to get beat pretty good. Getting those reps now are good.”
The two squads battled through the elements as long as they could before the game was called midway through the seventh inning. Eastside jumped out to a 2-1 lead, Withnell marched back with a three-run seventh inning that featured a RBI single, pass ball and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-2 lead going into the seventh inning.
Weather had literally dampened a solid performance by both teams in a game scheduled to nine innings. Playing in the fifth, sixth and seventh-innings with slick balls thrown by pitchers and infield, the game was called amidst a sixth inning run by Eastside. Reverting back to the previous completed inning to hand the Dodgers their first win of the season 4-2 in sixth innings.
Withnell will be off until Friday where they’ll have a doubleheader against the NW Stars at Stayton and will play Eastside again Saturday at Marshall High School in a Doubleheader in Portland.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald