Timberjacks win, move close to first
The Southern Oregon Timberjacks continued to surge back toward the topof the Northwest League's South Division standings on Saturday.
Adam Piatt's RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning snapped a5-5 tie as the Timberjacks won a back-and-forth affair with Yakima, 8-5,at Miles Field to move within a half game of the division lead.
Southern Oregon (22-17) won its second straight over Yakima to put thepressure on South Division leader Portland (22-16), a 5-4 loser at Everett,Wash.
The Timberjacks got solid pitching from the bullpen for a second straightnight.
Right-hander Tim Manwiller picked up his second win of the year withfour solid innings in relief of starter Brad Blumenstock. Manwiller (2-0)struck out six without a walk and yielded one run on three hits.
Jared Jensen pitched a hitless ninth for his second save of the year.
Nathan Haynes, picked between the first and second rounds of this year'sdraft and called up to Southern Oregon on Saturday, played the entire gameand made a strong debut in center field. The 17-year-old went 2-for-4, includingan RBI single in the fourth inning that tied the game 4-4.
Yakima (15-23) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI singleby Eric Flores.
Southern Oregon countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inningwhen Hipolito Martinez, Jose Figueroa and Nicholas Sosa hit three consecutivedoubles.
The Bears tied things up in the third when Rich Siatta walked off Blumenstock,went to second on a passed ball, to third on a throwing error by Figueroaand scored on a single by Nick Leach.
Then Yakima took a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning on Willie King's two-runhomer to right field off Blumenstock.
Southern Oregon pulled even on consecutive RBI singles by Sosa and Haynesin the bottom of the fourth, but Yakima went back on top on Siatta's RBIdouble in the fifth.
The Timberjacks tied the game for a final time in their half of the fifth.Adam Robinson and Roberto Vaz led off the inning with singles. Robinsonstole third base and scored on a groundout by Ed Farris.
Piatt snapped the deadlock in the seventh with his double to right thatscored Brad Gorrie from third base and put the Timberjacks up for good.
Gorrie added a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth to insure theSouthern Oregon victory.
The Timberjacks continue their five-game homestand with Yakima tonightat Miles Field. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.