By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Wednesday afternoon’s tough 7-0 pool play defeat to the Silicon Valley Fusion of Mountain View, California was a good learning experience for incoming Silverton freshman McKenzee Petersen.
The Oly’s 14U pitcher pitched the final three innings of the 14U Western Nationals Pool Play game, striking out three in the process on the heels of her six-inning, three strikeout win Wednesday morning against the Rip City 06. A game inwhich she went 2-for-3 with 2RBI’s and a Home Run to help spark the hot start the Oly’s had in their pool play opener.
Petersen admits that she had a few pitches get away from her in the pool play finale at Wallace Marine Park, but is something she can work on in the coming games as the Summer Travel Ball season draws to a close.
“I think I let a few pitches slip and missed a few spots, but I got to keep working on getting better. It’s probably going to be my last tournament until High School, so I have to get ready and get better,” Petersen said, striking out six in nine innings.
“I just got to get on top of them and throw strikes they can’t hit and get grounders or pop-flies. They got used to the pitches that I was throwing, I just had to mix it up a little bit more and move them away from them.”
Crescent Valley’s Geneieve Osburg also hit a home run in the opening game and nabbed a hit against the San Francisco Bay Area pitcher in Katia Nesper. Nesper created headaches for the Oly’s squad in the high-noon game with her knuckle change-up with her fastball as the Salem-based squad struggled to adjust.
Regan Rasmussen, Emma Sheets and Petersen joined Osburg in collecting hits on Nesper as they entered Friday morning’s bracket opener looking to duplicate their morning success with their defense and their bats.
Summer Melena had 2RBI’s for the Oly’s in the 9-4 morning victory over Rip City 06.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald