As far as the members of the Crescent Valley High baseball team were concerned, there was no room for a slip-up against Silverton on Wednesday.
The teams decided on playing a doubleheader at CV rather than risk a rainout later in the week.
The Raiders learned the hard way how a loss can damage a season last year.
So the Raiders were looking for a series sweep after winning 14-3 on Tuesday. The Raiders got it, winning 6-2 and 18-3.
“I think it’s definitely good for us this year, especially, because last year we dropped one of them and that was kind of a turning point for our season,” CV senior Steven Taylor said. “That kind of killed our league championship chances and I think getting this out of the way definitely sets the tone for the rest of the season.”
The Raiders (8-2) start the Mid-Willamette Conference season at 3-0 with West Albany up next.
In addition to getting the wins, the Raiders wanted to get more out of their at-bats.
They made good contact in the first game and then pounded 17 hits with a home run, two triples and four doubles in the second.
“These last two games have definitely been our best hitting games and I think it’s really a precursor to what’s to come for the rest of the season,” said Taylor, who had a triple. “I think once our hitting picks up we’ll definitely be a team to beat for the league championship this year.”
Layne Croney had the home run in the second.
Austen Miller had stepped in for starter Levi Stadeli and Croney got him on the first pitch.
“Most of the time when a pitcher comes in, the first pitch he’s going to throw is his fastball, so I was just trying to sit fastball and drive the ball up the middle,” Croney said. “I was just fortunate enough to hit it all right.”
Croney knocked in Alex Merino with the homer and gave the Raiders a 6-0 lead.
Taylor was next up and hit a stand-up triple. He scored on a fly out by Tanner Sanders. The Raiders tacked on one more in the inning for an 8-0 lead.
CV made it 10-0 in the top of the third but the Silver Foxes came back with three in the bottom of the inning.
That was as close as it was going to get. Croney stepped back on the mound after a brief rest and struck out two in the bottom of the fourth and another in the fifth before his day was done as a pitcher.
Croney struck out six and took the win.
The Raiders added six runs on six hits in the seventh.
“We had One through nine in the starting lineup hitting and then we had guys coming off the bench getting hits,” Croney said. “Joe Casey had his first varsity hit, Chase McFadden crushed a ball out there and a couple guys hitting the ball pretty well right now, so I think we got that down.”
Crescent Valley 6, Silverton 2
SILVERTON 001 000 1 — 2 9 0
CRESCENT VALLEY 014 001 x — 6 10 0
Vest and Cock. Jenssen, S. Taylor (7) and Kinkade. WP: Jenssen (2-1). LP: Vest. 2B: Meyers (SHS), Kinkade (CV). 3B: Smith (CV)
Hits: SHS 9 (Meyers 2, Ward, Cock 2, Smith 2, Hernandez, Doyle). CV 10 (Croney, Conklin, McFadden, Sanders, Kinkade 2, S. Taylor, Merino, Smith 2)
RBIs: SHS 1 (Cock). CV (Croney, Conklin, Sanders 2, Kinkade, B. Taylor)
Crescent Valley 18, Silverton 3
CRESCENT VALLEY 442 002 6 — 18 17 1
SILVERTON 003 000 0 — 3 4 2
Croney, S. Taylor (3). Croney (4), Conklin (5), Cleveland (6), Sanders (7) and Kinkade, Pozzesi (5). Stadeli, Miller (2) and Cock. WP: Croney (3-1). LP: Stadeli. 2B: Griffith (CV), McFadden (CV), Sanders (CV), Conklin (CV). 3B: S. Taylor (CV), Sanders (CV). HR: Croney (CV)
Hits: CV 17 (Croney 2, S. Taylor 2, Holland 2, Kinkade, Griffith, Merino, Sanders 2, B. Taylor, McFadden, Casey, Pozzesi, Conklin, Stewart). SHS 4 (Cock, Miller, Ward, Meyer)
RBIs: CV 15 (S. Taylor, Holland 2, Croney 3, Sanders 4, B. Taylor, McFadden, Pozzesi, Conklin, Stewart). SHS 0
JV: CV 9, Silverton 5