West Salem High School (04.23.2019)
Game Rundown: McNary blew open a close game in the top of the fifth with a six run outburst. West Salem starting pitcher, Hector Amador, was able hold the Celtics to just one run through four innings, but would not make it out of the fifth. Kyle Kronenberg entered the game in the fifth to relieve Amador. Jackson Lowery closed out the game for the Titans pitching two innings. McNary took advantage of West's mental lapses in the field along with high quality at-bats to quiet the Titans and their fans. It was an impressive offensive display for McNary as they collected 19 hits on the day against the Amador, Kronenberg, and Lowery.
Players of Note: Tanner Keene (1-4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Kyle Mitsuyasu (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI), Andrew Zellner (1-2, 1 RBI)
Inside the Numbers: McNary outhit West 19 to 6. Noah Bach was 4-4 with 3 runs out of the 8 spot in the lineup for McNary. Robert Bendon and Nigel Harris each had three hits for the Celtics. Seven McNary players collected at least two hits in the game.
Up Next: West Salem heads to Sprague on Thursday for a league match-up. The Titans sit at 4-2 in the league, while the Olys are half a game behind at 3-2. Sprague is currently on a two game slide, having lost to Bend 5-4 and Union (WA) 9-1 in their last two outings. Both teams will be looking to get back in the win column when they face off at 5:00 PM at Sprague.
McNary High School (04.16.2019)
Game Rundown: West Salem did just enough to defeat host McNary. In the first meeting between the schools this season, it seemed as though the team to score last would win. Each team gifted the other several opportunities, as West made two errors and McNary committed four. Neither starting pitcher was particularly sharp, as West's Braden Allison and McNary's Rennick Jefferies each allowed four earned runs.
The game was back and forth for the better part of five innings. West struck immediately with two in the first, while McNary answered back with three of their own in the bottom of the inning. The seesaw battle would continue until the top of the fifth, when Kyle Mitsuyasu scored the go-ahead run breaking a 5-5 tie. Hector Amador and Lucas Stanfield were stellar in relief, as neither would yield a run in their combined 3 2/3 innings of relief pitching.
Players of Note: Noah Juarez (2-3, 1 run, 1 RBI), Kyle Mitsuyasu (2-4, 2 runs), Erik Swanson (2-4, 1 RBI), Crosby Albee (2-3, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 run, 2 RBI), Hector Amador (2 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 Hit), Lucas Stanfield (1 IP, 0 ER, 2 K)
Inside the Numbers: Crosby Albee collected the tougher half of a cycle, mashing a triple and a home run. Four Titans collected two hits in the game. West outhit McNary 11-8, with seven of nine Titan starters getting at least one base knock. Lucas Stanfield and Hector Amador combined to allow just one hit and no earned runs in relief, while striking out eight.
Up Next: West has a bit of a break before traveling to Mountain View (Bend) on Saturday, April 20th for a doubleheader. This will be the first league match-up between the teams in either school's history. The Titans currently sit at 9-4 (2-1 in league) with a state ranking of #10, while Mountain View is 4-7 (0-3 in league) with a state ranking of #43.
Bend HS (04.12.2019)
Game Rundown: The second game of a doubleheader between West and Bend was an exciting one. The Titan bats started off hot, as they scored in four of the first five innings. In fact, the Titans never trailed in the game until the sixth inning. On the mound the combination of Braden Allison, Kyle Kronenberg, and Hector Amador manged to keep the Bend Lava Bears at bay for most of the game. In the end, the Lava Bears were able to put together one to many rallies for the Titans to handle.
Offense was certainly on display in game two of the double dip as West collected twelve hits and Bend eleven. The Titans seemed primed for a two game sweep after grabbing 5-3 lead after five innings. However, just as the Titan offense was cooling down (West would score only one more run) the Lava Bears bats took to hacking. In the bottom of the 6th, Bend used a three run rally to take a 6-5 lead. West would answer with one in the 7th on a wild pitch and send the game to extra innings. In the bottom of the 8th Bend loaded the bases and Lava Bears first baseman, Tysen Scott, drove a single through the right side of the infield for the walk-off win.
Players of Note: Noah Juarez (2-4, 1 run, 1 SB), Kyle Mitsuyasu (2-4), Crosby Albee (2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI), Marshall Bray (2-5, 1 3B, 1 run), Wilson Neitzel (3-3), Tanner Keene (1-5, 1 run, 2 SB)
Inside the Numbers: Although losing, West outhit Bend 12-11. Each team left a small village on the bases (West 14, Bend 12). Bend managed victory despite committing four errors. Five Titan players accrued multi-hit games, including Wilson Neitzel's 3-hit game.
Up Next: West is scheduled to head to McNary on Tuesday, April 16th.