Kantola’s 2020 Adventure

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  Given the circumstances of this year, Central-grad and Chemeketa Community College sophomore Kaleb Kantola made the most of the few pitching outings that he had this past Summer and Fall. For Kantola, who ended his High School career as a first team pitcher at the League and State level…

Patterson Taking The Next Step

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER Ore.—Playing in the Mountain Valley Conference the past few years have been something out of the ordinary. For 2020 McNary-grad Ethan Patterson, his fondest memory playing against the studs in the league came when he hit two home runs against West Salem and the tough competition he faced with South…

Facing, Catching The College Pitcher

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.– It was a good change of pace for the NM Magic 16U squad Tuesday evening for practice. Come strolling in from a workout with the Chemeketa Community College Softball program was Newberg-grad and Storm Sophomore Jayden Yoder, warming up to throw a bullpen session against the group of girls…

Titans Hang On To Defeat Central 7-4

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It went from good to bad in a hurry for the Titan Baseball Club Saturday afternoon at Holland Youth Park in their 7-4 win. For the first four innings of the contest, Titan-grad Cameron Hagan was riding high with an four-inning, nine-strikeout, no-hit outing to help pace the Titans…

Arritola Makes Debut For Portland Gherkins

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  A new face joined the Portland Gherkins Tuesday afternoon at Bob Brack Stadium at North Marion High School. “Leading off from the University of Jamestown:  Blake Arritola.” Donning the light blue number eight, with his Chemeketa Community College batting helmet on, the future Jimmie outfield walked up for his…

Playing On Opening Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.—  McKay and Chemeketa-grad Austin Brown had to slowdown his pitching mechanics to adjust to the new rules this summer prior to the Portland Gherkins Opening Day game with the Portland Pickles Saturday night at North Marion High School. In front him as he entered the 0-0 ballgame with the…

Titans Hit Two Home Runs In Win Over Olympians

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The Titans Baseball Club’s three through five hitters went a combined 5-for-8, two home runs and four RBIs Thursday night.  Setting the pace in the Green Machine’s third meeting between themselves and the Olympians Baseball Club of Sprague. Blake Arritola, Noah Juarez and Ben Nagle represented the middle part…

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…

Pitchers Who Rake

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The cameras come out when the pitcher picks up the bat. Seriously. In a tied ball game, bases loaded for the Titans Baseball Club against the Stayton Bandits, future University of Hawaii pitcher Cameron Hagan came walking out of the dugout with a bat with the game on the…

West Salem’s Arritola, Hagan Going 4-Year Level

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Here’s an interesting fact.   Pretty astounding thinking about it.  West Salem’s Cameron Hagan and Blake Arritola have been playing together for 15 years, dating back to their days on the Little League sandlots living the baseball dream. They’ve played High School baseball team together with the Titans and followed…

Working On His Craft

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Pitching is a mental game.  You got to get out of your way and just focus on getting the next out no matter the situation you are in. The last two years at Chemeketa Community College has helped out 2018 McKay-Grad Austin Brown in that aspect of his game…

Preparing For The Dream

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CORVALLIS, Ore.–  Chemeketa Freshman and Crescent Valley-grad Ethan Krupp will get a crack at making his hometown team this summer once, and hopefully when, the Corvallis Knights tip off the season here in a few weeks. The Storm pitcher signed to a 10-day contract once the season begins that will feature…