By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– A few mistakes by one team that was taken full advantage of by the other was ultimately the thing that separated Silverton and Dallas baseball Friday evening.
Take out those few mental lapses by the Dragon defense in the Foxes 15-6 victory, a game in which saw both teams combine for 29 hits, it literally came down to a mistake here or there to decide it.
“We came into the game tonight kind of loose I guess and we weren’t that focused. But during the game it became really important for us to focus up and take care of business,” Silverton’s Carson Waples said.
“I think we played really good defense and we took advantage of our opportunities when we got guys on. Whether that was a walk or them making a mistake, we definitely hit the ball well tonight.”
Waples, Robbie Brockamp, Cole Mucken and Tyler Carver each combined for 11 of the 15 hits that Silverton collected. Mucken led the way for the Foxes with three hits to go along with the 2RBI’s, 12 of the Foxes 15 runs came from RBI’s.
But despite their errors, the Dragons Owen Hess led the game with four hits. Going 4-for-4 with 2RBI’s to lead a Dallas offense that collected 14 hits in the Mid-Willamette Conference contest.
The squad slowly came around too in stringing together those hits too. Despite having nine hits to start, they could only produce one run from it. But, down to their final out of the fifth inning the Dragons scored three runs that turned a 10-1 deficit to 10-4 and plated a run in the sixth and seventh innings respectively down the stretch.
“It was sort of cool to see our team come together now and starting to hit the ball more and making stuff happen,” Owen Hess starts. “It shows us that we have the ability to hang in there with these teams. We just need to fix a couple of mistakes, keep the bats going and we can win some games.
“This game is a huge game. It’ll start driving our energy up and everyone is starting to realize that we can beat these teams. We’re not horrible.”
Cade Wynn struck out five in five innings pitching for Silverton, Emiliano Rocha struck out two in three innings while going 2-for-3 hitting at the plate with the two teams scheduled to meet again Monday in Silverton for a 5pm first pitch.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald