Hyre, Vandals 18U Belt Five Homers

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– With the Fourth of July just right around the corner, the NW Vandals 18U squad brought out the fireworks in the Stars ‘n’ Stripes opening day Friday morning with their bats. The Vandals, in their first day back on the diamond, launched five home runs in pool play; three…

Juarez, Titans Wakes Up Over Connally’s Bandits 6-3

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Noah Juarez’ laser of an arm from his shortstop position has been known for years as the Chemeketa soon-to-be-sophomore been getting his summer reps in with the Titans Baseball Club.  Showing off the cannon on several occasions in the four games the squad has played this summer. His time…

Valley Rallies By Central 10-6

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It wasn’t the prettiest of outing for the Central Baseball Club last Tuesday when they kicked off the Willamette Valley Men’s Baseball League High School Division-League against the Valley Squad at Holland Park.  The meeting resulted in a 13-3 defeat to the Valley team that evening. Fast forward to…

NM Magic 06 14U Finishes Second In Silver Bracket

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.—It has become common theme to see the NM Magic 06 14U and the Oregon Thunder 14U at some point in a tournament. Last week when the two squads met, Ambur Livingston and her defense held the well-coached and hard-hitting Thunder squad to two runs and five hits in the…

Aggressive Play Leads To NM Magic’s Big Pool Play Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.– Strong base-running usually sets you up for success in the game of softball. It took until the third inning before the NM Magic 06 14U had recorded their first hit, an Ava Shaffer single with one out, but the Magic worked some softball magic in the meantime to hold…

Valley Baseball Club Opens Season With Win Over Central

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Baseball has finally came back to Salem. On the hottest day of the year so far, the first game of the Willamette Valley Men’s League 16-plus High School league kicked off at Holland Field on the outskirts of town when the Central Baseball Club hosted the Valley Baseball Club….

Stayton Finishes Valley Burner 1-2

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CALDWELL, Idaho.–  Baseball can be weird sometimes.  Just as soon as you think it’s going your way, the game reminds you how tough it is. Stayton entered Sunday’s Valley Burner tournament finale against the Regin with some good forward momentum coming off of their opening game against Ridge Friday afternoon and…

Bandits Bat’s Come On Late Against Utah’s Ridge Baseball Club

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NAMPA, Idaho.–  The sounds of baseball are back.  The Stayton Bandits had to go cross state boarders to do so, but Friday afternoon in the Mountain Time Zone the Bandits delivered their first pitch of the summer season against Ridge of Utah. The rust was there of course as evident with…

North Marion’s Henry Twins Join Medford Rogues

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  Grant Henry was just finding his groove again when Coronavirus struck out the baseball season three months ago for him and twin brother Griffin Henry at Lower Columbia Community College. Grant was on the mend from an ankle injury he suffered his Senior year at North Marion in football…

The Last Go-Around

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  For the Seniors coming from Cascade, Stayton and Regis, the second wind of life they’re getting entering next weekend in Boise, Idaho is closure to a tough Spring and a tough way to end their High School careers. The amount of games are uncertain at this time with at…

Bandits Finding A Way

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  The Boys of Summer are back. As the weekend comes to a close Sunday, the Stayton Bandits converged on Turner City Park for one of their first practices of the summer season.  12 kids were out in the afternoon sun knocking off the cobwebs from the quarantine for the…

Maurer Looks Ahead After Tough Finish To Prep Career

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  It wasn’t the year that Stayton’s Sydney Maurer was expecting. It was one of those years in which she, Alysha Sims and Emma Heuberger were expecting to build from after the Eagles reached the 4A State Playoff Opening Round for the first-time since the 2013-2014 season last Spring. For…