After beating Summit 15-2 in the first game of the day Friday, the Saxons completed the sweep to open league play with a 6-1 victory in game two.
South Salem is now 9-2 (2-0).
Summit is now 2-7 (0-3).
South Salem: 200 000 4… 6 6 2
Summit: 000 100 0… 1 5 0
Sean Alvarado led off the top of the 1st by drawing a walk. 1 out later, Danny Alvarado crushed a 3-1 fastball over the left field fence, where it made an indentation on the metal roof of an outbuilding. It was Danny’s second homerun of the doubleheader, and his 5th of the 2019 campaign. In 2018, as a freshman, he led the state (tied with teammate Ryan Brown) in homers with 7. He’s currently averaging 7.2 at-bats per homerun, an impressive improvement from an already outstanding 13.6 at-bats per homerun in 2018.
As it turns out, those 2 runs were all the Saxons would need.
South Salem’s Ryan Brown got the start, his fourth of the season. He would pitch 5 innings to pick up his third win and remain undefeated, striking out 8 while allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He now has 30 strikeouts in his 19.0 innings on the mound. Ricky Alvarado took over on the mound in the 6th.
Summit starting pitcher Michael Schutz pitched out of trouble early and often, finishing with 6 innings of work and allowing just the two runs on the Alvarado homerun in the first.
In the top of the 7th, South’s offense finally managed to break through for some insurance runs. Elijah Enomoto-Haole led off with a walk, and was followed by Gabe Johnson’s single up the middle. Brayden Neuharth walked to load the bases before a wild pitch brought home Enomoto-Haole to extend the lead to 3-1. One out later, Ryan Brown laced a double to right center field to plate Johnson and Neuharth. Not wanting to offer up any more opportunities for Danny Alvarado to hit his third homer of the night, Summit opted to intentionally walk him. Brown and Alvarado then pulled off a double steal, allowing Brown to score when Kaiden Doten hit a sac fly to deep right field.
With a 6-1 lead, Ricky Alvarado gave up a walk and a single to lead off the bottom of the 7th. After a strikeout, another walk loaded the bases. But Ricky got Schutz to hit a grounder to third baseman Enomoto-Haole, who stepped on the bag and threw to Doten at first for the game-ending double play. It was Ricky’s first career save in his first career opportunity.
With the win, the Saxons moved to 2-0 in the first week of Mountain Valley Conference play.
South hosts North Salem on Wednesday in a non-league matchup before the Saxons face McNary on Thursday and Friday.
South Salem Offense:
2B: Ryan Brown
HR: Danny Alvarado
TB: Danny Alvarado 4, Ryan Brown 3, Kaiden Doten 2, Gabe Johnson
RBI: Danny Alvarado 2, Ryan Brown 2, Kaiden Doten
SF: Kaiden Doten
HBP: Greyson Hanowell
GIDP: Noah Ferguson
SB: Danny Alvarado, Ryan Brown, Kaiden Doten
South Salem Pitching:
W: Ryan Brown
SV: Ricky Alvarado
HBP: Ryan Brown
WP: Ryan Brown 2
Pitches-Strikes: Ricky Alvarado 37-19, Ryan Brown 85-54
Groundouts-Flyouts: Ricky Alvarado 0-0, Ryan Brown 6-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Ricky Alvarado 4-10, Ryan Brown 16-22
TB: Canon Reeder, Michael Schutz, Dylan Ruhl, Hank Tobias, Evan Scalley
ROE: Canon Reeder
FC: Canon Reeder, Michael Schutz
HBP: Dylan Ruhl
GIDP: Michael Schutz
SB: Dylan Ruhl
L: Michael Schutz
HBP: Drew Steelhammer
Pitches-Strikes: Michael Schutz 100-57, Drew Steelhammer 29-15
Groundouts-Flyouts: Michael Schutz 5-8, Drew Steelhammer 0-2
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Michael Schutz 14-27, Drew Steelhammer 3-7