By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– It was one of those surprising games that if Amity capaitalized on a few base runners in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to rival-Dayton, it could’ve been a lot closer than the four-run difference that it ultimately was.
But nonetheless the Warriors hung around. Cutting the 2-0 deficit handed to them after the first inning in half in the third inning, off a Alec Prevett a double.
“We were coming into this game like ‘we’re going to get blown out’ and we ended out sticking around five for the whole game was a good one. It was impressive,” Amity’s Hunter Barber, who struck out six pitching, said.
The Warriors had two base runners on in the fourth inning, but couldn’t do further damage with the go-ahead runner on second as the Pirates began to build a cushion in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
Kyle Troutman scored thanks to a pass ball with Benji Hudson driving in another off a RBi single that turned their close one-run lead to three. Michael Freeborn drove in another run with a RBI single that made it 5-1 an inning later, separating themselves from Dayton from Amity in Saturday’s win.
“They were definitely big for us in our mentality. They (the runs) would get our hopes up to actually go back out and not just stand there. When we’re tighter, we kind of get angry at each other and cause more errors because we freak out and get outs,” Gavin Koch said. “The couple of runs that we did get, it gave us more of a cushion and more relaxed to get the outs that we needed.”
Koch started the game for the Pirates before handing the reigns over to Dylan Yates to finish the game. Holding the Warriors to their one run despite a few hiccups here and there as they travel to Scio Tuesday to play the Loggers in 3A Special District 1 action.
Koch struck out four in three-and-a-third while going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Amity will be at Horizon Christian of Tualatin on Tuesday for a 4:30pm game in 3A Special District 1.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald