By Jeremy McDonald
CORVALLIS, Ore.– The offensive reinforcement came through Friday afternoon in the Withnell Dodgers 15-3 win over the Springfield Timbers.
Sprague-grad Carson VanKempen hit a solo homerun in the first inning as the Dodgers hung a crooked number in three of the five-innings played at Corvallis High School. The victory also featured a nine-run fifth, turning a 6-3 lead into the final score with Eli Lowe closing out the game in relief for Grant Strother.
“It was a huge step forward for us to see everyone’s bats going today. Everything just clicked, we just have to come out with the same intensity and just keep our bats going,” VanKempen said. “That’s the biggest thing. Seeing the pitches early and getting it going early. We were able to turn the hard plays into easy plays and come out with no errors (defensively).”
Strother pitched four innings, striking out five in the win. Of Withnell’s 15 runs, 14 came away by RBI. McKay-grad Dillan Brady and the Olympians Taylor Brenneman led the offensive charge with 3RBI’s while Sprague’s Eli Lowe and South Salem-grad Andy Ruiz each had 2RBI’s
The Dodgers wrap up pool play at Corvallis High School Saturday at 10am when they’ll play the Barbers of Hillsboro.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald