Krech's RBI keeps Beaverton's summer alive
Senior outfielder drives in winning run
Beaverton right fielder Calvin Krech slapped an RBI double down the left field line to bring the in go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. inning and the Beavers held on for a 3-2 victory over Westview in a winners bracket quarterfinal match up of the Oregon Independent Baseball Association (OIBA) Tournament on Thursday, July 24 at West Linn High School.
In a game that it seemed may never end, Krech's game winner came off Wildcats reliever Tyler Stofiel, who had come on for starter Kenyon Yovan in the eighth inning.
Despite struggling with some control problems throughout the contest, Yovan went seven strong innings, struck out nine, and allowed only one earned one and two hits – a single by Beaverton's Ryan Hill in the third inning and a double by Tovey Brown in the sixth.
I felt good, Yovan said. I just came back from Arizona where it was really dry. The humidity was bothering me a bit and I let that get to my head. We didn't get the timely hits we needed either.
Yovan's counterpart, Beavers pitcher Andrew Carter may not have been as dominant as Yovan, but he battled his way thorough nine gutsy innings on the mound and ultimately picked up the win. Carter allowed six Westview hits and a pair of runs over the first three innings, but settled down from that point. The right-hander surrendered only three hits over the next six innings and finished with five strikeouts.
I was just trying to get through the game, Carter said. I was mixing things up, but my fastball was effective. We came through in the end and I think we'll build upon this.
The Beavers Tony Johnson picked up the save with a scoreless tenth frame.
Westview got on the board early when Stofiel singled to open the bottom of the first, Taiki Ishii laid down a nice sacrifice bunt to move him to second and Yovan grounded a single up the middle that plated Stofiel after Beaverton center fielder Sam Noyer allowed the ball to skip by him for an error.
The Beavers wasted little time bouncing back in the second inning as Krech, who had reached on an error, scored on an RBI bunt by left-fielder Kevin Watson.
Westview took the lead again in the bottom of the third inning after singles by Yovan and Jayden Hanna and a wild pitch set the stage for Tristan Garrett's RBI fielder's choice to second base.
In the top of the fifth, the Beavers took advantage of a hit batter and three base on balls, with Noyer's walk bringing in Rob Lavey from third to the tie the game again.
From their it was goose eggs until Krech broke the deadlock in the tenth.