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Storm can’t notch one in tough 4-game sweep

Nick Livingston, a second-year Chemeketa outfielder, hits a double for his 8th RBI of the season.

Nick Livingston, a second-year Chemeketa outfielder, hits a double for his 8th RBI of the season.

By Simson Garcia – Photo by Colin Stapp

Saturday provided a breath of fresh air as the Storm baseball team returned home after dropping two tough losses on the road on Friday.

The team’s goal was to grab the early lead against Lane Community College and continue to hold it.

Chemeketa came out strong, eventually going up 3-1 around the midway point of the first game.

Costly mistakes, however, allowed the Titans to tie the game at 4 runs apiece.

“We came out swinging the bats pretty well, and we just kept our energy. Then we had a few calls go different ways … couple of mishaps and a couple of errors that cost us the game,” pitcher Carson Dwyre said.

The Storm had an opportunity at their bottom half of the 9th to steal one, but an amazing catch by Titans pitcher D.J. Wilson who then threw to first to for a double play sent the game into extra innings.

Lane would get the victory in the 10th inning after an RBI single, making the final score 5-4.

The tempo changed in the second game; the pace was more methodical.

The Titans scored early and put two runs on the board after a double to left-center field.

Both teams struggled to hit, and defense became the mindset that would produce the outcome.

Chemeketa was solid, but nothing seemed to get past the Lane fielders.

Chemeketa tried pitching and catching changes and finally got a run in the 4th inning after a balk by Titan pitcher Shane Quarterly, one of few mistakes he made all game.

There wasn’t much left in the tank for the Storm. Chemeketa took a 5-2 loss in the second game sweep and was 0-4 during the weekend.

“I think we just got tight and made a few mistakes. We need to learn from key mistakes that we don’t usually make. Other than that, I thought we competed [in] both games,” centerfielder Nick Livingston said.

Chemeketa is now 13-16 on the season and has struggled to climb from the bottom of the southern division.

With only a few games left, the team has an opportunity to help salvage the season with another two-day doubleheader against Clackamas this weekend.

Games are on tap for 1 p.m. on Friday at Clackamas and again on Saturday, with the Storm playing at home.

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