By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Incoming McNary Junior Lacey Vasas has had a unique past few days. Splitting time playing in Colorado on June 30 and playing in Salem the past two days with the NW Vandals.
In Colorado, playing with the Vandals 18-Gold squad, Vasas pitched five innings with four strikeouts against the Stingray KC 18U and the Arizona Batbusters 18U squad before catching a flight back to Salem to play with the Vandals 16U squad at Wallace Marine Park. The challenge was staying focused and ready to play when she stepped off the plane.
“The whole week I had to think about that ‘I’m going to do good’ and not ‘I’m not going to do good, I’m going to do great’,” Vasas said, citing a strong support cast around her with coaches and family.
Vasas was joined by Sheldon’s Payton Burnham to make the trip out to Colorado. Burnham pitched five-and-two-third innings in Colorado with seven strikeouts before coming back to hit two home runs while striking out nine in eight-and-two-third innings back in Oregon.
The Celtic arm in Vasas saw her bat come around after her return as well. Going 4-for-8 with 3RBI’s and having a home run while adding an inning-and-a-third against the Vandals other 18U team led by David Dippel.
“It has helped me a lot working with my hitting outside of practices and games. I can do better and I want to go D1, but I guess we’ll see,” smiles Vasas. “I just have the motivation, family, community who have the confidence in me. That really helps.
“(This Week) was a lot of fun. It was really eventful. It was eventual, but exciting that I got to do both.”
The NW Vandals 16U squad finished second in the Stars Bracket to the NW Vandals-18U Dippel squad, who finished 6-1 on the weekend. The NW Vandals 18-Gold team in Colorado is currently 6-0.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald