By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It’s hard to imagine that this is just the first season that Regis’ Tanner Manning has pitched. Formally anyway.
And boy, does the kid pitch well.
Against the upstart Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers on Friday the Rams senior, traditionally a catcher and first baseman, pitched five innings of the 13-6 Regis win with nine strikeouts.
Pointing towards his catching background to help aid him to work the zone when he’s on the mound as the Rams jumped out to a 6-2 lead on Blanchet that eventually grew to 13-4. Creating headaches while giving the Cavs something to work towards moving forward with the season.
“I got a great team behind me, it’s good to know that I got back up and it makes it a lot more easier to throw strikes and not having to try to pitch around guys,” smiles Manning. “It’s definitely different. Catching so many years makes it easier to know how to do stuff, to hit spots and stuff like that. So that definitely helped.”
“It was tough, but it was good to play some tough competition and have ourselves pushed a little bit,” adds Blanchet’s Spencer Kowalski. “I don’t think we played our best, but we can build on this moving forward and get better because of it. Just play pitch-by-pitch and make sure we’re in it every inning from the first pitch onward.”
Kowalski had two hits in the game, along with David Bartels’ 2-for-4 and 1RBI game, to have multiple hits in the game as Blanchet opens PacWest Conference play Tuesday at Amity, a 3pm start.
Cody Ditter led the Ram offense with 4RBI’s as Regis snapped their two-game skid Friday in Salem. Regis opens the 2A/1A Special District 3 play Tuesday against Central Linn, sitting 4-3 following giving the Cavaliers (6-1) their first loss of the season.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald