By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– With the regular season and the Area-3 League Season drawing to a close it was as you were expecting when the Post 58 Crushers and the Mid-Coast Dungies of Newport started their three-game series Wednesday afternoon at Regis High School.
The Crushers, along with Corvallis and Withnell, are battling for seeding for the play-in and the automatic bid out of league while the Dungies are trying to keep their play-in round hopes alive to get into the Triple-A State postseason.
North Bend’s Brider Holmes and Kennedy’s Dylan Kleinschmit dueled for the first three innings. Limiting the others offense to a few baserunners over the opening frames of Mid-Coast’s 6-2 series opening win in Stayton.
“It was a pitchers duel the first three innings. Not many hits, a lot of strikes and a lot of people making nice plays,” said the Crushers and Silverton’s Tyler Pfeifer. “Then after that we were walking, made a few errors and they had some timely hits.”
The Dungies did most of their damage in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Forcing seven hits on Post 58’s defense and getting the Santiam Canyon-based team to commit two costly errors as they steadily put pressure on the Crushers to make a play.
“This game is definitely a competition against the both of us with our pitching. Both sides are very strong, it really just came down to capitalizing in key moments and I think after today we’re going to be able to do that in the next couple of days. Build on it and show-out in the next series and do our best in the next part of the season,” St. Paul’s TJ Crawford said.
Pfeifer, DJ Krider, and Eli Brown all had hits in the game. Krider drove in one of the two Post 58 runs in the third inning that had given the Crushers a brief 1-0 lead in the game. Kleinschmit fanned four in five-and-two-third innings with the series turning to Newport Thursday for a doubleheader at Frank Ware Field that starts at 3pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald