07/08/2017 8:38 PM
Gresham, Ore. -- A night after falling in a non-league matchup, the Gresham GreyWolves responded with an emphatic 17-5 victory over the visiting Thurston County Senators behind five home runs on Saturday night in Gresham, Oregon.
The scoring started early for the GreyWolves, who scored four runs in the first inning. Aaron Simpson doubled, Jordan Barchus singled and then Alec de Watteville homered. Two more doubles in the inning by Jackson Overlund and Tony Gudino pushed across the GreyWolves' fourth run of the inning.
Gresham was not satisfied, though. In the second inning after Simpson singled for his second hit of the game, de Watteville smashed another home run (his second of the game) to give the GreyWolves a 6-0 lead.
Gresham would go on to hit five total home runs on Saturday. Both of de Watteville's were two-run shots, Conner Bock and Tyler Parker each hit a three-run home run, and Overlund hit a solo shot.
With a large lead, the GreyWolves were afforded the ability to experiment a bit both on the mound and at the plate. Infielder Cameron Briggs (who is also listed as a pitcher) threw two innings and earned the win in his first action on the bump in a GreyWolves' jersey. Reliever Carter Buuck pinch hit for de Watteville (who reached base five times on Saturday) and struck out looking on a full-count fastball.
In total, the GreyWolves recorded nine extra-base hits (four doubles and five home runs). Gresham also drew seven walks en route to the non-league victory over Thurston County.
Jeremy Polon started for the GreyWolves are threw four scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out six and walking one.
Saturday marks the final non-league game on the schedule for the 2017 GreyWolves. Gresham has Sunday off before welcoming in the Walla Walla Sweets to Oslund Field for a quick two-game series starting on Monday.