Just two days ago the La Salle Falcons baseball team’s 7th inning ended when Junior, Cameron Young grounded out to second leaving the Falcons a run short on the scoreboard in a 9-8 loss. But it was a different story on Wednesday (April 25) night in Gladstone.
Young got his chance at a redemption in the Top of the 7th with Austin Vaughn on second. Cameron stepped up and clobbered a “high outside fastball” into right field that allowed Vaughn to come sliding in home with an insurance run in a 3-1 Tri Valley Conference win over the home town Gladiators.
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The win gives La Salle (6-2, 12-6) sole possession of first place in the conference. They stay on the road on April 27 with a stop in Estacada before returning home for the next two games.
Young said he was definitely motivated to step up and deliver a big hit to help the team in the game after Monday’s result.
“After that game, I just felt like I had to redeem myself”, he states adding “(I) came up to bat 0 for 3 and I just had confidence in myself and I got it through“.
Before driving in the insurance run, Young helped the Falcons preserve a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on defense. Gladstone had the bases loaded with two outs and when the Gladiator batter smoked a line drive towards second base, Young was right there to snag it and end the inning keeping all Gladstone runners stranded on base.
La Salle got on the scoreboard in the Top of the first inning when junior Grant Studdard raced home on a throwing error by Gladstone. Junior pitcher, Sean Hays kept the Gladiator bats silent with his strong performance on the mound, yielding only two hits through four innings.
Hays developed some issues with his control in the fifth inning, hitting the first batter he faced. Then an out later, walked the next batter.
“I wasn’t keeping the ball down, once I let it come up (in the zone) I was having some difficulties”, said Hays.
Falcons head coach, Mike Reed recognized that as well and pulled his starter for junior Trey Norton, who plunked the first batter he faced, but then settled down to record his third save of the season in two and a third innings of relief.
Even after hitting the first batter he faced, Hays never lost confidence in his pitching mate.
“With Trey Norton it’s no doubt…He throws great and I have faith in him completely”.
The Falcons scored the eventual game winner in the top of the sixth inning when Zach Nusbaum singled to right centerfield driving in Cody Farnes, for his team leading 20th RBI.
Gladstone broke the shutout in the bottom of the that frame with a single run, but failed to score any more.
La Salle moved up one spot in the OSAA 4A Power Rankings to seventh, while Gladstone (5-3,9-8) remained at number 20 on that list, which determines Playoff position later in the season.
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