Crushers Split With Challengers

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

STAYTON, Ore.–  The Post 58 Crushers bridged their Friday successes into Saturday’s split with the Emerald Challengers Saturday afternoon at Regis.  Splitting their two game series with the Challengers in the process.

The first game saw Stayton’s Nick Frith throwing a five inning, one-hitter.  All while striking out six with his offense producing six runs on 11 hits in their 6-1 win to start Saturday’s doubleheader.

“It was awesome.  I think that was the first time we’ve done that in a while,” Frith said.  “I remember when we were playing in a tournament, we won two and lost  one.  We hadn’t had a good little streak going and it was good to get three-in-a-row.”

The trick will be how will they respond in Game 2 against the Emerald squad.  And for the most part the Crushers hung with the defending American Legion State Champions.  The Game was tied at 1 going into the third and Post 58 were with it still down 3-1 going into the sixth inning.

After sweeping their doubleheader Friday, the Post 58 Crushers split their doubleheader Saturday at Regis with the Emerald Challengers going into their Area-3 League Series with Corvallis on Monday (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

A little hiccup defensively allowed Emerald to build a seven-run lead going into the bottom half of the inning. But despite that, however, and momentum going against them, Post 58 leveled things out going into the seventh thanks to RBI hits from Owen Stalnaker (Western Christian) and Sawyer Enderle (Silverton).  Stalnaker had an RBI single, while Enderle drove two home with his that made it 8-4 going into the final frame.

“Us coming together and just finding a rhythm is just huge.  I think we found some parts to it,” Enderle said.  “I’m pretty sure it’ll help our confidence and have more of a team rhythm going into (Corvallis) way better I think.

“We’ll find the ball more, make more plays and stuff.”

Tanner Manning (Regis), Caleb Boyles (Cascade) and Robbie Brockamp (Silverton) all each had three hits in the doubleheader.  Enderle finished the doubleheader with 2RBI’s, Manning and Boyles each had 2RBI’s each as well.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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