As of Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Earlier in Grangeville’s comeback win over Orofino, sophomore Chase Adkison smashed a pitch high into the air — too high.
Though it was headed for a trouble spot in left-center field, the pop-up hung long enough for the Maniac shortstop to make a difficult catch.
The next time he came up, Adkison belted the game-winning hit — a shot to left field that found turf beyond any Orofino player’s reach.
It scored Hunter Schoo from third and Michael Woods from second — and sent the Bulldogs to the district title game against St. Maries.
“He threw me a curveball, and I was a little out in front of it,” Adkison said.
In a 6-4 win against the Lumberjacks, Adkison scored three times despite St. Maries’ attempts to pitch around him.
That was in large part due to Tyler Stephens’ timely hitting.
“I know I can go with the same approach every time, and if they walk me, they walk me,” Adkison said. “If it’s where I want it, I’ll be first-pitch aggressive, but I trust my teammates a lot. I’m looking for my pitch and if it’s not there, I know the next guy is going to hit.”
Adkison also worked the other side of the pitch count effectively during the second game of the afternoon.
He posted all 21 outs against St. Maries, on 110 pitches, with the last pitch coach Lee Nadiger would let him throw putting the last Lumberjack away.
“Some of those guys I didn’t want to let beat us,” Adkison said, “but I knew I had to keep throwing strikes and trusting the defense behind me.”
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