Storm bounce back against Mt. Hood after first-game loss
By Dylan Shackelford
The Storm looked to improve its 13-15 against Mt. Hood on April 26.
After the Storm allowed one walk and one hit in the top of second inning, left fielder Nick Livingston helped save a run with a perfect throw to cutoff man DJ Harryman, who promptly cut down a Saints runner at the plate.
The Storm performed well with runners in scoring position early as pitcher Martin Brown gave his team frequent routine fly balls and grounders.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Storm threatened when Jacob Riddell and Gerhett Moser both reached base on bunts but failed to score.
After a quite fourth inning, Mt. Hood went on a hit parade in the top of the fifth inning, producing five hits to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
The Storm had no problem making contact with the ball, but placement was another matter; just about every hitter found a Mt. Hood player.
Brown settled down with a 1-2- 3 sixth inning, giving his team opportunities to make up the difference.
The Storm started the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single by Moser and double to deep left by Riddell, putting runners in scoring position on second and third. But two fly-outs and a diving catch in foul territory in right field ended the threat.
Brown continued to show poise, throwing two more no-hit, no-run innings.
The Storm was came to life again in the seventh with a two-out walk by Harryman and a single by Nick Livingston. A two-out single by Moser produced Chemeketa’s lone run. A called third strike ended the threat.
The top of the eighth inning would be Brown’s last after he walked a batter with two outs.
Freshman pitcher Patrick Thorpe came in to close out the remainder of the inning. He allowed one hit and one run before finishing the side.
Mt. Hood put up three more runs in the top of ninth to take the game, 7-1.
“I was just going through my thinking process and just breathing,” Brown said after the game, discussing how he regained his rhythm after allowing three early runs.
Brown said he was “just pounding the ball inside and hitting my spots,” but he didn’t think that he was not impressed with his performance on this day because he failed to give the Storm “the opportunity to compete and stay in it.”
The Storm took the second game against Mt. hood with impressive 6-2 victory.
Brenden Shaffer went 2-for-3, stroking a single and double.
The winning pitcher was Brady Williams, who moved his overall record as a starter to 4-1.
Williams’ night consisted of one hit, two strikeouts, five walks, and one run earned run over four innings of play.
The Storm’s bats found the gaps to produce runs in this game. They ended up with five hits and one error to close out the victory.
The Storm has had a decent eight-game stretch, going 5-3 and outscoring their opponents 52-40.
The Storm came away with eight runs on 10 hits in the first game of a double-header May 3 against Lane.
Chemeketa took control of the game with six runs on five hits in the bottom of the third inning.
The end result was an impressive 7-8 victory.
Livingston stroked a two-run double with the bases loaded, and Shaffer and Moser both had two hits and contributed to the run total with RBIs.
Justin Adams had an RBI single and a RBI sacrifice fly to left field.
You can catch the Storm’s next home game at 1 p.m. May 9 against Clark.