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Huskies finish summer on a strong note

North Marion Junior State rallies for season-high 16 runs after giving up nine in the first inning


by: PHOTO BY PHIL HAWKINS - Matthew Robinson hits double to left field The North Marion Huskies’ junior state team closed out its summer league schedule with five games last week. Though the team lost three of five to finish the season with a record of 9-11, the final game against West Albany on Saturday was probably the most memorable of the past month and a half of play.

Facing a 9-0 deficit against the Bulldogs, the Huskies rallied back to pick up a 16-12 win that truly required a team effort to accomplish.

It looked like a grim end to summer league after the top half of the first inning. Every West Albany batter got at least one look at North Marion starting pitcher Jordan Kendall, as the Bulldogs put up nine runs in the top of the inning.

The Huskies began to chip away at the lead with two runs in the second, but West Albany answered back with a pair of their own against Kyle Williamson in the top of the third to make it 11-2. North Marion added three more runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it a six-run game before the team exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning to take a permanent lead.

Hunter Beachy and Kendall were key in the rally with back-to-back doubles to help give the Huskies a 12-11 lead. The team added two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to give North Marion its highest scoring game of the summer season.

Williamson, who finished with three innings pitched in relief, led the team offensively by going 4-of-4 with a pair of doubles. Beachy went 3-of-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Shane McKillip added a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs. Overall, the Huskies accumulated 19 hits in the game.

Rounding out the rest of the week’s action was: an 11-4 loss to Crescent Valley on Friday; a 14-2 win against McKay on Wednesday; a 3-2 loss at Molalla on July 9; a 12-11 loss against Sweet Home on July 8.

The Huskies finished 8-8 in league play over the summer.

Legion

The North Willamette Valley Huskies lost two of three last week at Jesuit High School in tournament play, but went 3-0 against Wilson, Salem and Putnam in the team’s other three games. The Huskies are 13-11 overall and 7-4 in league play this season.

After a six-day break, NWV will host David Douglas on Thursday, followed by a double header at Madison High School on July 20 against Eastside and a road contest at Sandy High School on July 21 against East County.

The Huskies will proceed to the regional tournament on July 26.

Bombers

The Boones Ferry Bombers split a double-header against the Bridgetown Thunder on Sunday. The Bombers lost the first game 4-3, but Steven Brock combined with Ed Wakefield to pitch a shutout in game two to give Boones Ferry a 4-0 victory.

Ty Brack, C.J. Cullen and Carl Mason all led the team with two hits each in the victory.

The Bombers’ next game will be at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer on July 20 at 4 p.m. against the PBC Tribe. Boones Ferry is 10-4 this year.