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Baseball: Saxons 1, McMinnville 0

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Saxons 1, McMinnville 0
 
MCM 000 000 0 … 0 4 1
SSHS 000 010 x … 1 3 1
 
South Salem is 11-5 (13-8 overall). McMinnville is 13-3 (10-6 overall).
 
In a game that was played at McMinnville, with the Saxons as the home team, South Salem earned a 1-0 victory and clinched 3rd place in the Greater Valley Conference.
 
Ryan Brown pitched six shutout innings for South Salem, allowing just four hits while striking out six. On the other side, Caden Slaughter allowed just one run on 3 hits in six innings of work.
 
The lone run of the ballgame scored in the bottom of the fifth. Tori Doten singled with 1 out and alertly advanced to second on a passed ball, but with a 2-0 count, McMinnville opted to intentionally walk Aaron Zavala. On the next pitch, Ryan Brown popped out to the first baseman in foul territory, but Doten tagged and advanced to third on the play. The Saxons then pulled off the first-and-third double steal. With Zavala running for the second, Slaughter stepped off and delivered the ball to his second baseman, who fired home. Originally, it looked like Grizzlies catcher Kevin Sullivan tagged Doten out at the plate, but the ball was dislodged on the slide and the Saxons took the 1-0 lead.
 
McMinnville threatened in the sixth. Sullivan hit a 1-out infield single before advancing to third on Wyatt Smith’s line drive single to right. Brown then struck out Cedric Agcaoili-Ostrom and got Nathan Leid to ground out to Gavin Fredinburg to end the frame.
 
After the Saxons went down in order, Fredinburg took over on the mound for the save opportunity. Tyler Sitton led off the inning by reaching on an error and was moved up to second on Brad Hessel’s sacrifice bunt. Pinch hitter Brett Lundeen then pulled a hard grounder down the third base line; Ryan Brown made a diving stop to keep the ball in the infield, but it refused to stay in his glove, allowing Sitton to move up to third base. With the tying run 90 feet away, Lundeen took off for second base and Wyatt Adams hit a hard liner to right field. Kyle Martz made the running catch and fired a one-hopper to Kaiden Doten at first to nab Lundeen for the game-ending 9-3 double play.
 
The victory over the GVC Champion McMinnville Grizzlies clinched 3rd place and an automatic playoff berth for South Salem. On Friday, May 19, the playoff bracket will be published, with the first round game on Monday, May 22. However, we’ll probably have a good idea of whom we’ll face in the first round by 10:00pm on Saturday, May 13 – which is when the OSAA rankings freeze.
 
Next week, South Salem will play in three tune-up games to prepare for the playoffs. Monday at South Euguene, Tuesday versus Lincoln (Senior Night), and Thursday at Crescent Valley. Based on the weather forecast and discussions that have already taken place, there’s a good chance that the South Eugene game will be moved to Wednesday, May 17, although it has not yet been finalized.
 
South Salem
Lineup…………………………..AB R H RBI BB K
Sean Alvarado lf………………..4 0 0 0 0 0
Tori Doten ss…………………….2 1 1 0 0 0
Ryan Brown p-3b………………2 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Zavala c………………….2 0 1 0 1 0
Gavin Fredinburg 2b-p……….1 0 0 0 0 0
Kaiden Doten 1b……………….1 0 0 0 0 1
Elijah Enomoto-Haole 3b-2b..3 0 0 0 0 1
Beau Smith dh………………….3 0 1 0 0 1
Collin Vogt cf…………………….3 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Martz rf – – – – – –
Totals……………………………..21 1 3 0 1 3
 
Batting
TB: Tori Doten, Aaron Zavala, Beau Smith
ROE: Beau Smith
FC: Aaron Zavala, Gavin Fredinburg, Collin Vogt, Elijah Enomoto-Haole
HBP: Tori Doten, Gavin Fredinburg 2, Kaiden Doten 2, Ryan Brown
GIDP: Collin Vogt
SB: Tori Doten, Aaron Zavala 2
Team LOB: 9
 
Pitching……………………IP H R ER K BB HR
Ryan Brown……………6.0 3 0 0 6 3 0
Gavin Fredinburg…….1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals……………………..7.0 4 0 0 6 3 0
 
W – Brown
L – Slaughter
S – Fredinburg
 
McMinnville
Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Josh Ford 3 0 0 0 0 1
Kevin Sullivan 2 0 1 0 1 0
Wyatt Smith 2 0 1 0 1 0
Cedric Agcaoili-Ostrom 3 0 0 0 0 2
Nathan Leid 2 0 0 0 1 1
Tyler Sitton 3 0 0 0 0 0
Brad Hessel 2 0 0 0 0 0
Collin Fox 2 0 1 0 0 1
Brett Lundeen 1 0 1 0 0 0
Wyatt Adams 3 0 0 0 0 1
Caden Slaughter – – – – – –
Totals 23 0 4 0 3 6
 
Batting
TB: Brett Lundeen, Collin Fox, Kevin Sullivan, Wyatt Smith
ROE: Tyler Sitton
HBP: Brad Hessel
CS: Nathan Leid
PIK: Collin Fox
Team LOB: 6
 
Pitching IP H R ER K BB HR
Caden Slaughter 6.0 3 1 1 3 1 0
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