S. Oregon falls 11-6 to Everett
The Southern Oregon Timberjacks have developed a couple of habits thisseason.
One is rallying from big deficits. The other is a sloppy defense thatis averaging more than two errors a game.
Both traits were on display Friday night at Miles Field as the Timberjackserased a 6-0 deficit only to lose 11-6 to the Everett AquaSox after a four-runeighth inning that included a two-run error.
The loss set Southern Oregon further back in the Northwest League's SouthDivision. After Portland beat Yakima 6-0, the Timberjacks (27-23) trailthe division-leading Rockies by two games.
Everett jumped ahead 2-0 on Southern Oregon starter Marcus Jones in thefirst inning. Jermiane Clark led off the game with a triple and scored ona sacrifice fly and Craig Connors hit a solo homer later in the inning.
The lead grew to 5-0 in the third inning when the AquaSox score threetimes on three hits, a walk, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly.
Everett went up 6-0 in the fourth inning when Duan Johnson doubles andthen scored when Southern Oregon center fielder Nathan Haynes dropped afly ball hit by Ramon Valera.
Southern Oregon, which rallied from an 8-0 deficit to beat Everett 10-8on Wednesday, began its habitual comeback in the bottom of the fourth whenRon Tegland and Adam Robinson hit consecutive RBI singles.
Roberto Vaz led off the bottom of the fifth for the Timberjacks witha solo homer to right field and three consecutive singles by Adam Piatt,Farris and Nicholas Sosa led to a second run as Southern Oregon cut thelead to 6-4.
In the seventh, Farris tripled and scored on a wild pitch and HipolitoMartinez launched a solo home run to right field to tie the game.
Everett's decisive four-run eighth inning got going with one out afterback-to-back walks by Southern Oregon reliever Chris Gorrell. Johnson followedwith an RBI single to chase Gorrell. The next pitcher, Tim Hudson, issuedan intentional walk to loaded the bases and Gerald Eady hit an RBI single.Clark followed with a grounder to second baseman Brad Gorrie who touchedhis base for the second out but threw the ball away for the Timberjacks'third error of the night, allowing the final two runs to score.
Southern Oregon opens a five-game series in Boise tonight.