By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Louis Tiller, head coach of the McNary High School freshman baseball team, felt more than a little wiped out after the season ended last week.
It took getting a round-up of stats for the season for him to figure out why.
“We had 21 kids on the roster, but everyone scored at least twice, had at least seven at bats and played in at least seven games,” Tiller said. The team finished the season 18-4.
A huge turnout for team tryouts in March left Tiller with a problem, a bevy of riches.
“We had to do some cutting, but there were a lot of kids with ability and room for growth,” Tiller said.
“I told them that if they wanted to stay and keep training they could, but I wasn’t able to make any guarantees for field time.”
All the hopefuls accepted the offer and then Tiller had to figure out how to get 21 kids to almost every game. The depth of the team gave Tiller lots of options as the season unfolded and shined through in a preseason double-header at Dallas High School.
“They played both games to extra innings and won both. I was very impressed with how our guys persevered through the games on a long day,” he said.
The Celts followed up that performance