By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Game three of the three-game Area-3 series between the Withnell Dodgers and the Post 58 Crushers was an eerie similar performance to what the two teams had Tuesday at Regis in Stayton when they met again in Scio Wednesday:
A defensive battle.
Incoming Silverton senior Carson Waples and incoming Chemeketa sophomore and South Salem-grad Tyler Minney picked up where their predecessor left off on the bump and delivered yet another great performance in the Dodgers 3-2 series-clinching win over the Crushers. Waples went the distance, striking out three while Minney went six-and-two-thirds with five strikeouts in the game.
“That’s just our strength, honesty is our defense. We got a lot of guys behind me that can play great defense and it came down to hitting honestly. Other than that we played great today,” Waples said.
“I was definitely struggling a little bit, so it was great for my team to have some good defense today to really help me out,” adds Minney.
Minney had a less-than-ideal start to the game, loading up the bases with three hit-batters before the Crushers scored one off an Owen Stalnaker (Western Christian) single. But that was the lone run the former Saxon would surrender as he shut down the Post 58 bats and saw his offense hand him a 2-1 lead going into the second inning.
It was a lead that the Dodgers didn’t surrender as they settled down defensively and kept the Crushers from slipping by them as they did in Game 1 of the series Tuesday afternoon.
“I definitely calmed myself down and I knew that it helped that our team scored some runs, so it was like ‘alright. We got this’. So I just calmed myself down and pounded the zone,” starts Minney, “Honestly, getting a win creates momentum and a series win creates some more momentum.”
Withnell heads down to Medford to play in the Coach K Memorial Tournament that starts Thursday. For Post 58, they have two days off before their next game.
A nice little breather after having to turn-and-burn from their Idaho trip this past weekend and jumping right into their first league series of the Summer as they did.
“I think we did great honestly. We had some great competition all the way through Idaho, Twin Falls, La Grande even. So to turn around and play one of the tougher teams in our league was challenging but we did well,” Waples said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald