Storm lose a double-header and key ground to Mt. Hood
By Simson Garcia
1, 2, 3 … 1-3 … 3-1 … 4-3.
The final scores this past Friday were 4-2 and 6-0 as the Chemeketa Storm went down swinging in a back-to-back session against Mt. Hood.
The other numbers, for those scoring at home, were rather common during both ends of the double-header.
1, 2, 3, was a likely sequence for a Saints pitcher because that’s all it took for him to end the half inning—strike after strike, fly-out, pop-up.
Grounders would usually end up in the gloves of a Mount fielder, all of them working in close tandem to record the out.
A ball hit to second and then tossed to first to complete the play is scored as 4-3, and the Storm saw a great deal of exactly that.
Every once in a while, it seemed, the ball would bounce past a Saints player but seldom led to a rally or a run.
Mt. Hood came in at the top of its division and is one of the top teams in all of the Northwest Athletic Conference. The Saints have posted an 8-0 mark in the division, are 16-7 overall, and are a hot team after coming off a 9-game win streak.
The Storm, at 1-3 in the division and 12-9 overall, has yet to make any monster moves in the division but looked optimistic a couple of wins ago and was hoping to make a move here against a top team.
The Saints quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the early innings of the first game while the Storm had a hard time getting their men on bases.
The Saints’ Seth Rayburn pitched a complete game and fanned 6 Storm players. Rayburn was a factor throughout the game, preventing Chemeketa players time and again from reaching base.
The Storm finally registered a run in the fifth inning. Outfielder Nick Livingston sacrificed infielder Connor Gilham to third, and he scored on outfielder Gerhett Moser’s single.
In the final inning, the Storm’s Justin Adams hit a pinch-hitter homer. It was the team’s third home run all season and the last run Chemeketa would see on April 10.
In the second game, the Saints cruised to a confident if methodical win, with the Storm again failing to get anything going.
This was partly due to two of the top hitters in the NWAC, both in the top 5 in batting average. The Saints have them, and they produced for Mt. Hood to the tune of 6 runs and the shutout.
The Storm now has its own important set of numbers to consider. With a 12-11 overall record, Chemeketa remains near the bottom but still has plenty of games left.
Another set of double-headers against Lane Community College is on tap for this coming weekend.
The first set of road games will be played at 2 p.m. this Friday, with another set of games starting at 1 p.m. scheduled for Saturday.
Rainouts will be rescheduled.