In their first game of a double header against Cascade Christian on Thursday, Jun. 14th, the North Jackson Eagles showed up looking like they ate too many chili dogs. Cascade Christian scored a run in the third inning, and the Eagles never got their offense moving. So, this game ended in a loss for the Eagles by a score of 0 – 1.
But, after the break, and some words from coach Meerten, the Eagles came out for the second game ready to play. Their defense was much tighter, and they gained momentum late in the game to finish out a win by 8 – 3.
“That shows some character”, head coach Joe Meerten said, “that we fought through some adversity,”.
Cascade Christian scored their first run of the second game on an error in the Eagles infield early in the first inning. But they did not score again until one run in the sixth and another in the seventh. This was definitely due to Nate Brammer’s good work on the mound. Brammer threw ten strikeouts in this game, and coach Meerten expressed that he was pleased with Brammer’s performance.
“I’m very happy with him,” coach Meerten said. “He threw a complete game and got us a win.”
Derrick Walls scored the first run for the Eagles on a base hit from Eric Skogseth in the third inning. Later, in the fifth inning, Curt Augino drove one down the first baseline that was fair by inches. This got him a double and batted in Branden Wilson, which began the Eagles’ rally for a decisive win. Destin Adams ran home on a wild pitch shortly after Wilson, putting the Eagles up by two at the top of the sixth.
“Once that happened, I think the flood gates kind of opened,” coach Meerten said.
They went on to score five more in the sixth. Zack Meerten, Justin Hughes, Nate Brammer, Eric Skogseth, and Justin Mickey all crossed the plate in that inning.
On first base, Skogseth one Eagle who stays consistently in the game. He lost a ground ball to a bad bounce in the first game, but other than stuff like that, nothing gets by him. Coach Meerten had good things to say about Skogseth.
“He digs for us pretty well. If he gets something in the dirt, he’s pretty good at giving us a chance over there,” Meerten said.
The Eagles went to Grants Pass on Saturday, Jun. 16th. Their next home game is against Klamath Union on Monday, Jun. 18th.