Pacific Northwest picked up a win in their first game against Connecticut and they rode the momentum into their matchup with Midwest Plains. They improved to 2-0 with a 9-3 win.
The base runners for Pacific Northwest were active all game long as they totaled nine stolen bases. They were heads up on balls in the dirt as well taking the extra base whenever they had the chance. This led to more runners in scoring positions and more chances for the hitters to drive in runs – and that’s exactly what they did.
Leo Reeves got the scoring started when he laced a two-run single in the first inning. He would add another RBI in the seventh. Two batters later, John Mueller would add a third run of the first inning with a double.
Right when it looked like this game might be over early, Midwest Plains showed some fight. They scored a run in the first inning on a pick-off throw to second that made its way into the outfield. In the third inning, Mateo VanDrie delivered a monster solo home run to get his team within a run at 4-3.
“I wasn’t too happy with my pitching performance,” VanDrie said. “I was just up there trying to do some damage and luckily I was able to.”
Pacific Northwest was able to answer right back with two runs in the fourth to put this game away. Trevor Moore delivered an RBI single to make it 6-3.
“We just wait back on the ball and try not to get out in front,” AJ Sargent said. “That’s what our coaches say and we try to do it.”
Sargent went 3-4 with an RBI and four stolen bases in this game for Pacific Northwest. He was elected as the player of the game for his accomplishments. Aside from his work at the plate, Sargent has made some noise on the mound. Against Connecticut, he went 3.1 innings allowing no hits and striking out six. His ability to spot up on the corners really set him apart from the competition.
Pacific Northwest has put themselves in a good position with two wins early on while Midwest Plains falls to 0-3. Midwest Plains has completed pool play but Pacific Northwest will be back in action on Tuesday against Virginia.
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