By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– The Silverton baseball settled down from an interesting first inning to rally by South Albany 12-2 in five innings Wednesday afternoon at Davisson Field.
The Foxes came out flat in the opening frame, surrendering two runs in the top half of the inning before getting one of them back in the bottom half of the frame. The run coming way thanks to Cole Mucken forcing an error at second that allowed Vandon Fessler to score.
“It was a wake-up call for us in the game because they came out swinging and scored two in the first. We knew we had to respond or else it was going to be a long game,” Fessler said. “It was good progress and a good thing to watch for the game because we’ve struggled hitting the ball. Today we changed a mentality at the plate.”
With their defense settling in behind Robbie Brockamp, their offense answered the bell. Silverton took the lead in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a three-run second inning before taking off in the fourth where they plated eight against the Redhawks as they closed out their fifth-straight win and sixth of their last seven.
“We got the bats going and focused up on defense. We cut out the small little errors and started pitching more strikes, that’s what really helped us the most,” Brockamp said. “Being able to put the runs up, we learned that we really need to put up the runs. I think that’s the biggest thing.
“This whole season we’ve been solid on defense, but that’s the biggest thing we’ve learned was putting up runs was the biggest key.”
Brockamp struck out three in five innings and had a triple with 2RBI’s at the plate batting. Fessler went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a RBI with the Foxes looking to carry this momentum over to their game Friday versus North Salem.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald