Greyson Hanowell, Ryan Brown, and Kaiden Doten each went deep to drive in all 7 runs to help propel South Salem to the OSAA 6A State Semifinals, the second consecutive year the Saxons will play for a chance at the state title game.
West Linn: 000 400 2 … 6 7 0
South Salem: 300 040 x … 7 8 1
It was a matchup of number one pitchers between South Salem’s Ryan Brown (2019 – Oregon State University) and West Linn’s Jonathan Kelly (2019 – Xavier University).
Brown retired the first two batters of the game, but West Linn quickly lined back-to-back singles to put a little pressure on the Saxons. But Brown got Matthew Kurtin to ground out to shortstop Noah Ferguson to end the inning.
Kelly got off to an equally smooth start, retiring the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the first. Danny Alvarado then hit a ground rule double on the first pitch he saw and advanced to third on Kaiden Doten’s infield single to the 6-hole. That’s when Greyson Hanowell, for the fourth time this season, hit a homerun. It was a no-doubter opposite field smash that sailed easily over the left field fence, plating three runs to put South Salem in the driver’s seat.
Brown and Kelly both settled in and cruised through the 2nd and 3rd innings. But the Lions hit a big one in the fourth. With 1 out, Garrett Wiancko was hit by a pitch before Chase Bartley drew a walk. One out later, Caden Parker walked to loaded the bases. Then, on a 1-2 pitch, Kelly unloaded on a fastball for a grand slam, swinging the lead to West Linn’s dugout, 4-3.
The Saxons were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the 4th, but after Brown sent the Lions down in order in the top of the 5th, South’s bats came to life.
It started with Sean Alvarado’s double to left-center field. Brown followed with a 2-run homerun to left field, his 6th of the season, to take back the lead, 5-4. But the Saxons weren’t done. Danny Alvarado drew a walk, and then four pitches later Kaiden Doten hit a homerun of his own to left, moving the lead to 7-4. It was Kaiden’s 3rd homerun of the year, just two days after hitting a walk-off grand slam in the second round against West Salem.
After both teams traded zeroes in the 6th, the Saxons sent Ricky Alvarado to the mound with Brown nearing the pitch count limit. JJ Hoover led off with a single and scored when the next batter, Zach Bell hit a double. Alvarado settled down to strike out the next two hitters for the first 2 outs of the inning, but he hit the next batter and surrendered a single to Caleb Franzen to load the bases. After walking Parker to surrender a run, Alvarado was replaced on the mound by Elijah Enomoto-Haole. With the bases loaded and 2 outs, in a 7-6 game, Haole was tasked with retiring Kelly – who hit a grand slam earlier in the game. With a 3-2 count, Haole got Kelly to chase a curveball off the plate to end the game.
The Saxons now travel for the first time in the 2019 playoffs, heading to Jesuit on Tuesday to take on the Crusaders in the OSAA 6A State Semifinals. Game time is set for 5:00pm.
2B: Sean Alvarado, Danny Alvarado
HR: Ryan Brown, Kaiden Doten, Greyson Hanowell
TB: Sean Alvarado 2, Danny Alvarado 2, Ryan Brown 4, Kaiden Doten 5, Elijah Enomoto-Haole, Noah Ferguson, Greyson Hanowell 4
RBI: Ryan Brown 2, Kaiden Doten 2, Greyson Hanowell 3
FC: Sean Alvarado
HBP: Kaiden Doten, Greyson Hanowell
HBP: Ricky Alvarado, Ryan Brown
Pitches-Strikes: Ricky Alvarado 30-16, Ryan Brown 101-58, Elijah Enomoto-Haole 5-2
Groundouts-Flyouts: Ricky Alvarado 0-0, Ryan Brown 6-6, Elijah Enomoto-Haole 0-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Ricky Alvarado 2-7, Ryan Brown 14-29, Elijah Enomoto-Haole 1-0