By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Cue the DJ Khalid ‘Another One’ soundbite because Regis’ Bryson Nygren threw his second straight no-hitter Saturday against Lowell.
The frosh found himself looking to duplicate the success then had in Game 1 against the Red Devils where Tanner Manning and Max Eaton each combined for a five inning, one-hitter. Regis won Game 1 12-2 in the 2A/1A Special District 3 doubleheader.
And Nygren did. First six innings he put on a show with 15 of his 17 strikeouts in his complete effort. His offense backed him up with nine runs. It felt like Regis Baseball as they were on the verge of handing Lowell their second league loss on the heels of snapping the Red Devils nine-game winning streak earlier in the day.
“This is Regis Baseball and it’s just what we do. We dominate on the mound and let’s play it, it was a solid team effort today,” said Nygren. “I felt really good out there. My arm just feels great.”
Pressure was building for sure with that zero on the board behind him. It’s been since their game against BLE Academy in Arizona on March 24 since Nygren has surrendered a hit. 13 innings at this point over three games, six in his previous start against Central Linn on April 18 and an inning on April 5 against the Cobras.
Nygren hit the first batter and near heart-break as a ball bounced off one of his defenders gloves that was ruled an error over a hit.
The freshman arm got Jaxon Alexander to ground out as Luis Estrada scored on the out to break the shutout. After one last hit batter, Nygren struck out the next two batters to end the game. Preserving his second no-no in the process.
“I like to think I have a short memory for stuff like that. If there’s an error in the field, I know I got my team to go out there and make up for it to get outs,” Nygren starts. “I think we did great. We played them really nicely.”
“We know their skill and we know what we have coming up. We wanted to make this our game, so it’s just a matter of keeping that intensity up that pushed us over today I think,” adds Mason Koenig.
Call it a warm-up perhaps this upcoming week as they’ll play Monroe Tuesday on the road before hosting the Dragons Friday for a double-header. Both teams are currently undefeated in league play entering their three-game series this week.
But for the Rams, they’ll have one last tune-up game entering that series with Oakridge Monday on the road.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald