By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.— McKay’s Dillan Brady and Western Christian’s Rylan Webster had kept the hot bats of the Eugene Challengers at bay for the first six innings of the Withnell Dodgers nine-inning game with the Challengers Monday afternoon.
The Scot-Pioneer duo had held their Eugene opposition to three-runs on two hits with the Dodgers built a 5-3 lead on the Challengers going into the seventh inning.
“We did really well, just little errors here-and-there but I didn’t think we did bad. I’ve heard they were a hitting team and they really hit the ball,” Brady said. “Just outside of a few errors, I thought we did pretty well.”
Carson VanKempen, Chris Rogers and Brandon Reed drove in runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to spark the surge for the lead. But just as Withnell had Eugene on the ropes for possibly their tenth loss of the season, the Challengers spotted the Dodgers four seventh-inning runs to retake the lead. Taking advantage of a few walks with timely hits as Dane Woodcock surrendered a hit in three innings to help keep Eugene ahead.
“There’s still things we can work on, but it was a good tune-up and I’m ready to go tomorrow,” said Reed. “We got to stay within ourselves and work on doing our jobs. Going to the opposite field and doing our thing.”
Withnell starts their three-game series with the Post 58 Crushers Tuesday at 4pm at Willamette University with a doubleheader Wednesday at Regis. Reed led the Dodgers with two hits with an RBI while Cooper Mullens of the Challengers had a game-high four hits with 4RBI’s.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald