North Marion continues down path toward title
AURORA—The second round of the Legion baseball A state tournament proved a more difficult outing for the North Marion Berries, but the team still got its second win in as many nights on Thursday, Aug. 5. The home team picked up the win over the Beaverton/Sunset Sockeyes 5-2 at Bob Brack Stadium.
The sterling defense the Berries exhibited against the Alpenrose Redsox the night before was a little slow to wake up. The Sockeyes recorded a pair of runs in the first two innings to get a quick 2-0 lead on the North Marion squad.
That lead wouldn't last long.
In the top of the third inning a pair of fielding snafus struck the Sockeyes, allowing a pair of singles from Emilio Estrada and Evan Holman to get on second and first base, respectively. Starting pitcher Rex DeAngelis took to the plate and in his first swing at bat drove both Berries in with a double to tie things up. The offense in the top of the third inning shifted the momentum in North Marion's favor.
Beaverton/Sunset tried to hang around in the bottom of the same inning. DeAngelis walked the Sockeyes first three batters before recording three consecutive strikeouts to close the inning with three men left on base.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth innings were quiet offensively for both teams, except for DeAngelis, who again got to work. The athletic incoming junior banged a triple into centerfield and was brought home by a sacrifice fly from Hunter Hansen.
In the final inning North Marion put the game away. Designated hitter Will VanVleck recorded a pair of RBIs on a single to bring home Estrada and DeAngelis to bring the final score to a 5-2 tally. Solid pitching from relief pitcher VanVleck in the bottom of the seventh inning brought the game to a close. North Marion moved on.
North Marion was set to play La Grande Legacy Ford Legends on Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. The Legends beat Eugene OLE Athletics 4-3 on Aug. 5.
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