Photo by Jennifer Halley
Jaret Stewart releases the ball during a pitch on the May 15 game.
As of Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Dallas — The Dragons (9-9, Mid-Willamette Valley, 14-11) took a beating Tuesday night in their last game of the regular season, starting off with a sluggish defensive end that continued throughout the contest, losing 13-2 to the Grant Generals (11-3, Portland Interscholastic League).
In the first two innings, the boys were slaughtered as the Generals placed five runs on the scoreboard.
From there, it was a downhill battle as the gap in scoring widened.
“They’re a good team,” head coach Scot McDonald said. “They’re a top rated older team that just put a lot of pressure on us. Things kinda just got away from us a little bit, but we’ll use it as a learning tool for moving on.”
Watching the opposing team pull in run after run can be disheartening, and that’s why the boys’ energy was so low.
“Because they went out and scored five runs in the first two innings, the energy died throughout the game, and that made it hard to come back,” Jaret Stewart said.
A few different pitchers were used for the evening, with Stewart starting and Treve Earhart finishing the game out on the mound.
McDonald said he did this to see where his team was at, defensively, and to give others a chance on the mound.
As they enter the post season, more is at stake. One loss in a playoff game and that’s it.
“If we can hit the ball and make plays, we should be in a good spot, as long as we don’t make errors,” Stewart said.