Storm Fall to SW Oregon in Back-to-Back Games
By: Dylan Shackelford
The Storm battled in their final home game of the season against Southwestern Oregon as they went head-to-head on Saturday.
Game one didn’t go the Storms way as they lost by a score of 3-1, but they looked to even the series against their opponent in game two.
The game started off quitet as each team came away with no runs or hits, but the following inning Storm pitching found trouble hitting their spots, putting runners on base early.
The struggle of commanding the curve ball led to several balls in the dirt giving SW Oregon chances to advance.
A walk with bases loaded gave their opponent their first run and lead of the game.
That lead did last long as the Storm came striking back in the bottom of the second as they started the inning with lead off singles by Hank Elliot and Ryan Snow giving the Storm the perfect chance strike.
They would accomplish just that as a double by Hector Ferrer down the left field line gave the Storm that tying run.
The Storm didn’t stop there as DJ Harryman the following batter hit an identical shot down the left field line making it a 2-1 ball game and getting them their first lead.
The game was quite after that inning as no runs were scored by both teams all the way up to the top of seventh inning.
This was SW Oregon’s last opportunity at the plate and they made it count.
The Storm led the inning off on the mound with a hit by pitch allowing a base runner on early with no outs.
The next batter came away with a single, threating the Storms lead.
The Storm were able to slow the rally just for a bit as a strikeout gave the Storm their first out of the inning and was only one pitch from coming away with victory.
The next batter would sting for the Storm, as he hit a triple scoring both runners followed by a Storm error to third baseman, that would bring him home giving SW Oregon a 4-2 lead.
The Storm would later fall as they were unable to get their team going in the bottom of seventh losing by a final score of 4-2.
“Our approach is pretty much the same every day, we are trying to get pitches we can hit and execute on our high pressured offense,” Coach Pratt said after the Game One loss.
Pratt commented that a main reason they were not able to come away with the victory was because there was, “some base running miscues led us to not scoring the runs we needed.”
When asked one final question what needs to be worked on the most in order to get more victories he mentioned, “We need to compete pitch by pitch and not let at bats slip away.”
Both games were close and could just have easily been wins for the Storm if not for some minor things.
The Storm look to close their season out strong as they play their final games on Friday at Mt. Hood starting at 1:00 p.m.