In a very non-traditional doubleheader against Grant High School at the University of Portland on Tuesday, the Saxons split the series against the Generals. Grant won the first game 5-4, although only the 7th inning was played on Tuesday. South Salem bounced back to win the second, 3-1.
South Salem is now 19-5. Grant is now 20-5.
South Salem: 220 000 0 … 4 8 4
Grant: 202 000 1 … 5 5 2
In early April, South Salem and Grant played 6 innings at Walker Stadium in Portland, but the game was paused due to darkness. It was 4-4 at that time.
Noah Ferguson pitched all 6 original innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits while striking out 9.
41 days later, the two teams met to resume in the 7th inning. This time, they played at the University of Portland, an all-turf complex that served as the perfect meeting place for Tuesday’s wet conditions.
Ryan Brown led off the 7th by singling to left, but was erased on Danny Alvarado’s fielder’s choice. Kaiden Doten followed by getting hit by a pitch before Greyson Hanowell singled to load the bases. But Grant reliever Kenji Lamdin struck out the next two Saxons to end the threat.
After Ferguson suffered an injury in last Friday’s doubleheader against Mountain View, South Salem turned to Sean Alvarado on the mound for the 7th inning. He promptly struck out the first batter he faced before Wally Bachman laid down a solid drag bunt down the third baseline, but the throw went up the line just enough to prevent Doten from making the catch at first, so Bachman advanced to second. Lamdin then followed with a single to center, scoring Bachman and ending the game just a few minutes after it restarted.
2B: Sean Alvarado, Elijah Enomoto-Haole, Noah Ferguson
TB: Sean Alvarado 2, Danny Alvarado, Ryan Brown, Kaiden Doten 2, Elijah Enomoto-Haole 2, Noah Ferguson 2, Greyson Hanowell
RBI: Danny Alvarado
ROE: Noah Ferguson
FC: Danny Alvarado, Noah Ferguson, Greyson Hanowell
HBP: Kaiden Doten, Greyson Hanowell
SB: Noah Ferguson
CS: Sean Alvarado
PIK: Elijah Enomoto-Haole
L: Sean Alvarado
Pitches-Strikes: Sean Alvarado 11-6, Noah Ferguson 91-63
Groundouts-Flyouts: Sean Alvarado 0-0, Noah Ferguson 5-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Sean Alvarado 2-3, Noah Ferguson 18-26
South Salem: 011 000 1 … 3 4 2
Grant: 100 000 0 … 1 4 0
In the second game, Sean Alvarado got the start on the mound and pitched a phenomenal game, holding the highest-scoring team in 6A baseball (10 runs per game) to just 1 run on 3 hits through 5 innings of work.
Grant scored the lone run in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Will Bachman doubled to left and scored 4 pitches later when Kenji Lamdin doubled him home. Sean settled in to retire the next 3 hitters in order.
South Salem tied the game up in the top of the second when Kaiden Doten scored on a wild pitch after hitting a leadoff double and moving to third on a groundout.
After Alvarado sent the Generals down in order in the bottom of the inning, the Saxons took the lead in the top of the 3rd. Brett Matthews led off with a double, moved to third on Brayden Neuharth’s line drive single to right, and scored on a Ryan Brown groundout.
Sean went on to shut out the Grant offense for three more frames, allowing just one baserunner. The final two batters he faced were retired with some impressive defensive flair. With 1 out in the bottom of the 5th, Cooper Shaw hit a deep 2 hopper to the 6-hole that super-ball bounced over jumping third baseman Danny Alvarado’s glove. Shortstop Ryan Brown planted his feet, barehanded the ball, and gunned it to first baseman Kaiden Doten, who made a long stretch down the line for a bang-bang out. The next Grant hitter, Caden Patterson, hit a similar ball up the middle. Second baseman Brett Matthews, deep behind the bag into the centerfield “grass,” made an almost identical barehand grab and throw for another bang-bang out at first. They were two of the more impressive infield plays you’ll see at the high school level.
In the 6th, Ricky Alvarado took over in relief. He struck out the first batter he faced and threw a scoreless 6th inning.
In the top of the 7th, the Saxons got him a little breathing room. Elijah Enomoto-Haole battled back from an 0-2 hole and walked to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, to third on a balk, and scored on a dropped third strike. It wasn’t pretty, but it gave South Salem a 3-1 lead.
Ricky then got the first two batters in the bottom of the 7th to ground out to Danny Alvarado at third. Aidan Moran then reached base on an infield grounder before Shaw and Patterson drew back-to-back walks. With 2 outs and the winning run on first base, Ricky induced Bachman to pop out foul to Doten at first base to seal the Saxon victory.
South Salem has one more game – senior night on Thursday against Aloha – before hosting a first round playoff game on Monday against an opponent to be determined.
2B: Kaiden Doten, Brett Matthews
TB: Kaiden Doten 2, Brett Matthews 2, Brayden Neuharth, Conner Robustelli
RBI: Ryan Brown
FC: Ryan Brown
SB: Brayden Neuharth, Conner Robustelli
W: Sean Alvarado
SV: Ricky Alvarado
Pitches-Strikes: Sean Alvarado 74-45, Ricky Alvarado 30-18
Groundouts-Flyouts: Sean Alvarado 7-4, Ricky Alvarado 3-2
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Sean Alvarado 6-18, Ricky Alvarado 5-10