By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The bats of Stayton didn’t waste any time in coming alive in the wet Spring weather Thursday afternoon at Stayton High School.
With Newport and Cascade tied for second in the Oregon West Conference at 3-2, two games behind the OWC-leading Eagles at 5-0, Stayton plated 15 runs in the opening inning to set the momentum. Momentum that rode to the finish line in their 15-0, three-inning win over the Cubs at home to open the second loop through conference play that featured a three-run home run by Jessica Rule in the process.
“It was big for us to execute at the plate today because against North Marion we struggled a little bit with the slow pitching and our coaches got on us and we were really focused to hit. That was our main focus for today and I think we executed that really well,” Rule said.
That plate adjustment will be big for when they go up against bigger teams like a Pendleton coming to the postseason points Rule, and pointing towards working on that between now and then will be crucial for when they need it the most.
“When you adjust at the plate quicker, it’ll get us ahead in the game. That’ll be really big for us when we get towards the end,” said Rule.
Abby Arcuhleta (3RBI’s), Isabella Trevino and Kenzie Beouugher (2RBI) had multi-RBI games as 14 of the squad’s 15 runs came from the Runs Batted In route on 12 hits in the win. The Eagles will look for their seventh-straight league win Monday against Sweet Home and tenth in their last eleven games in the process.
Newport, who were coming off a 15-14 win against Cascade on Wednesday, saw Emma Schaffner produce the lone hit for the Cubs and Julie Bloebaum had struck out three in two innings. Newport will head to play North Marion on Monday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald