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Redding denies Dawgs' comeback attempt

For the second straight day, the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs came within whiskers of a win during play in the West Coast League Tri-State playoffs Friday in Arcata, Calif.

Southern Oregon trailed 4-1 before a pair of comeback efforts were ultimately thwarted by the Redding Colt .45s, who won 7-5 on Day 2 of the round-robin amateur baseball tournament.

The fourth-seeded RiverDawgs (17-21) will cap the inaugural event at 4 p.m. today against the second-seeded Folsom Pioneers.

Southern Oregon finally put a dent in Bobby O'Neill's pitching performance with a run in the sixth inning. Chris Bradshaw was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to third on a two-out single by Ryan Hayden. Travis Wolf followed with an RBI single to cut the Dawgs' deficit to 4-1.

After Redding answered with a run of its own in the top half of the seventh inning, Southern Oregon mounted its best offensive effort in the bottom half against reliever Dave Bruhn. Jonah Northrop and Clinton Brill each singled to spark the surge, and Chris Bradshaw and Nick Rodda followed with one-out RBI singles of their own. With two outs, Hayden kept the inning going with an RBI single that cut Redding's lead to 5-4, but Wolf lined out to second base to keep the Dawgs at bay.

Redding put solo runs on the board in the eighth and ninth innings to build a cushion, but Southern Oregon didn't make it easy on the third-seeded Colt .45s after loading the bases with one out in the ninth. Rodda was hit by a pitch from Michael Nunez, Kyle Secciani singled and Hayden walked to set the table for a potential comeback.

Wolf followed with a swinging effort that rolled partially up the third-base line but Rodda made a fine hook slide beyond Nunez's reach on a tag attempt to make it 7-5.

With two outs to play with, and the bases still loaded, the RiverDawgs couldn't find a hole after that as Johnny Omahen laced a comebacker that Nunez deflected out of self-preservation and then underhanded a throw home for a force out. Northrop followed with a grounder to the shortstop, who flipped the ball to the second baseman for a game-ending fielder's choice.

Hayden finished 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Wolf was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Northrop 2-for-4 with one run scored.

Frank Charlton took the loss after allowing four runs — one earned — on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 51/3 innings.

Redding Colt .45s 001 210 111 — 7 8 1

S. Oregon RiverDawgs 000 001 301 — 5 12 4

O'Neill, Bruhn (7), Nunez (8) and Bogue; Charlton, James (6), N. Northrop (8) and Brill. W — O'Neill. L — Charlton (4-4). 2B — R: Yatch, Berger, Perry, Bogue, Corson. 3B — R: Grice.

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, or e-mail khenry@mailtribune.com