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.