Norton fans 10 in a 7-6 victory
The La Salle Prep Wigwam Sox split in a pair of Junior State Baseball league games with Molalla last week, bouncing back to win at Molalla 7-6 on June 20, after losing 4-0 earlier in the week.
While they struggled to play defense, committing six errors, the Sox rallied around the pitching of senior-to-be Trey Norton and their bats in the 7-6 win. Norton struck out 10 and walked four in a 4-hitter. All six Indian runs were unearned.
Fortunately the Sox had their bats working, as they pounded out 11 hits in the victory. Junior outfielder Dane Maben (3-for-4), junior infielder Austin Vaughn (2-for-4, 3 runs) and senior outfielder Alex Tetherow (2-for-3, double, 2 RBI) led the offensive assault.
La Salle appeared to have the game in hand, going up 6-3 in the top of the sixth, when Tetherow doubled and scored on a two-out single by sophomore infielder Mike Duarte. But it would take heads up baserunning by Vaughn in the top of the seventh for the Sox to bring what would prove the winning run around.
Vaughn led off the seventh with a base hit, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. With one out, La Salle's next batter struck out. The catcher dropped the ball and, when he thew down to first base, Vaughn skipped home for what would prove the game-winner.
Molalla rallied back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs with one down on a walk, a hit batter, an error and a two-run double. With runners at second and third, Norton then retired the side with two strikeouts, the final strikeout on a full-count.
The Sox outhit the Indians 7-6 in the 4-0 loss. But they gave up two unearned runs and left several baserunners stranded, as they failed to get timely hits.
'Our defense has not been very good,' said La Salle coach Mike Reed. 'But that's summer ball in a nutshell. We have some games where our defense is good. But we also have some games where our defense is terrible. That's why we play games in the summer.'
La Salle plays in an eight-team tournament at Philomath this weekend. The Sox host Banks Monday at 6 p.m., and they play at Wilson on Tuesday.