By Jeremy McDonald
EUGENE, Ore.– All the Post 58 Crushers needed was a spark down 3-1 against the Garciaparra Baseball Group in the Papa’s Pizza Baseball Tournament Thursday afternoon.
Entering the second inning with the deficit, the Crushers loaded up the bases only to see Jefferson-grad DJ Krider rip a three-run double, turning the two-run hole into a one-run lead going to the bottom half of the inning leading 4-3.
It seemed, in the 10-5 victory, to serve as the spark-plug the Post needed as Silverton’s Kyle Kramer and his defense served up the first of six-straight zero’s on the board. Offensively, they added to their lead. Two runs in the third, another in the fifth and three in the sixth had put the Crushers ahead 10-3 going into the seventh inning.
“That hit, it was crucial. Pressure them a little bit and get runs in, get the bats going early. It boosted our energy, tempo and it helped out,” Krider said, who drove in 5RBI’s in the win. “It just fed us. We made plays in the field and we continued to get aggressive at the plate with good approaches and good things happened.”
Kramer pitched six innings of three-hit baseball with four-strikeouts. The Foxes arm put the ball in the strikeout and let his defense work behind him for the outs as Post 58 are 7-0-1 in their last eight games. Tying with the NW Stars during Wednesday’s doubleheader at North Eugene High School.
“We can handle any situation. We knew (GBG) were going to be a good team, a good opponent. But in the end, we’re going to work through it. That first inning, we just shrugged it off and were like ‘alright. Our turn to get on the bats’,” Kramer said. “We got on the bats and scored every inning except for two…we got out of the first inning, got our runs. We knew we could keep on pushing, we did and we ended up with the win.”
Robbie Brockamp came in for relief in the seventh, striking out one on 22 pitches with the Crushers having a rare Summer off-day before playing the Eugene Challengers Saturday night at 8:40pm.
Cascade’s Grayson Reeder, Blanchet’s Spencer Kowalski and St. Paul’s TJ Crawford all had RBI’s in for Post 58.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald