By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– South Salem answered the bell following their 8-3 defeat to McNary Thursday with a 13-3 win over West Salem Friday evening.
Thanks to a seven-run first inning that turned a 2-0 Titan lead into a 7-2 lead by innings end. With eight West Salem errors and ten hits by the Saxon offense, the lead expanded as Rowan Thompson settled in the circle.
“Yesterday, we were kind of slow because of all the rain-outs. It was really nice to comeback, jump on them like we couldn’t do yesterday and hit the ball. We hit the ball really well and Rowan pitched awesome and kept them on their toes,” South Salem’s Mackenzie Scott said. “It was good to be back, that’s for sure.”
Shelby Chapman hit a two-out, solo home run in the top half of the fourth to breathe life into the Titans. Their defense settled down and hung zeros in the fourth and fifth innings, but the squad couldn’t overcome their early game woes as they look to bounce back Saturday in Bend.
“Being in the gym was hard. It felt really good to get back on the dirt and in the grass, I think that first inning really killed us,” Chapman starts. “We don’t want to use that as an excuse, we did not play our best today. Our doubleheader (Saturday), I’m really excited for it. Being out on their dirt, out in Bend.
It’s a doubleheader so we get two chances at them and I’m excited. I think we’ll play together tomorrow and that’s what we were focusing on today. Hopefully this doubleheader will really get us into next week too where we play more of our local teams.”
Chapman’s home run was the lone RBI driving in by the Titans Friday as six separate West Salem batters collected one hit.
Thompson struck out 13 in six innings for the Saxons while Desirae Hatfield, Hannah Tapusoa and Jazmin Gonzalez each had 2RBI’s a piece in the win. South plays at Sprague on Tuesday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald