Storm splits in three double-headers against two opponents
By Morgan Swaim
The Chemeketa Storm could not wake up the bats in the first game of a doubleheader against the Clark College Penguins on April 11.
The Storm sent out Martin Brown to pitch, and in the first inning a ball get away from him and hit Penguin outfielder Michael Gonzales square in the back.
A quick double-play ended the early threat when Storm infielder Brendon Shaffer made a great catch.
Chemeketa picked up its first base-runner in the second inning when DH Michael Paulino walked with two outs. The inning was over once Penguin pitcher Travis Eckert picked him off first base.
Shaffer registered the first hit of the game in the fourth inning as his ground ball took a fortunate hop. But a double play on a ball hit back to the pitcher ended the inning.
The Penguins took the lead in the fifth inning and never looked back. Catcher Zach Tyler led off with a hit, and Justin Juarez advanced him to second on a bunt.
David Mason, the Penguins’ second baseman, then reached first after some Storm infield confusion, while Tyler took third.
Mason promptly stole second base, and an errant throw got past the outstretched arms of first baseman Justin Adams, allowing Tyler and Mason to score.
From that point on, any thought of a Storm comeback was put on halt by Eckert. He allowed only two additional base runners, serving up five strikeouts in the final four innings.
Eckert recorded nine strike-outs in all.
According to Storm outfielder Nick Livingston, one of the keys to victory for Chemeketa this season is to “play our game – play Storm baseball. We’ll always have a good outcome when we do that.”
While the Storm was not able to play its type of baseball in the first of the doubleheader, which they lost by a score of 2-0, the team rallied to top the Penguins by a 3-2 score in the second game.
Shaffer had a clutch RBI in the three-run third inning for the Storm, and pitcher Brady Williams was able to hold the Penguins to just two runs in the victory.
The Storm continued play on April 18 with a doubleheader against Southwest Oregon, winning both games.
The first victory was won in late fashion with the Storm bats coming alive in the eighth inning, picking up two runs when Shaffer singled to right field.
An infield error brought Storm right fielder Gerhett Mosher home for a third run.
Chemeketa gave up a run in the bottom of the inning, but the attempted rally fell short and the Storm held on for the 5-4 victory.
In the second game, the Storm jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 4-2 victory, with pitcher Martin Brown getting the win.
But disappointment set in the next day when Southwest Oregon took both games of the double-header, winning 6-2 in the first game and 3-2 in the second.
The Storm will play its next two games on April 25 at home against Mt. Hood Community College.
Game time is 2 p.m.