By Jeremy McDonald
BEND, Ore.– With two league series coming up with the Mid-Coast Dungies (Wednesday-Thursday) and Corvallis (Monday-Tuesday), their 7-0 win over the Boss Baseball Club at Bend High School gave the Post 58 Crushers some needed momentum going back into league.
“Energy is huge no matter what game you’re playing. We need to take this win into the week. When we go play Newport we need to go out there with enough energy to win,” Stayton’s Cody Leming said.
After their 14-2 defeat to the Bend Bucks Sunday in the first game of their two back-to-back doubleheaders, the Crushers pieced together a close second game with the Bucks and a first game with the BBC.
Tyler Pfeifer was 5-for-9 with an RBI in those two middle games for Post 58. Silverton’s Carson Waples and Cascade’s Lupe Peralta each pitched solid games going into the Foxes Kyle Kramer’s complete game shutout.
Kramer pounded the strike zone with his defense making plays behind him. Coming close to a 5-4-3 triple play in the bottom of the second inning with TJ Crawford, Robbie Brockamp and nearly getting the throw in time to Bryce Campbell at first.
Campbell made a double play at first in the fourth with a catch-and-tagout feat.
“It was great because (Kramer’s) throwing strikes, putting the ball in play and getting his defense plays made for him,” Leming said, who went 3-for-4 in the final game.
“It was really good. We’ve struggled the last couple of days, we haven’t been too hot. So coming in with a shoutout with guys helping out, it’s the best,” said Kramer, who struck out six. “We made a couple of errors but at the end we made the plays that needed to happen, got the outs. Especially with Tanner (Manning) at the end to keep the shutout.”
Manning, in the seventh inning, recovered a wild pitch quickly and flicked it to Kramer at home plate for the second out of the inning.
First pitch Wednesday against the Dungies is at 5pm at Regis High School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald