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RiverDawgs fall to Folsom, end season on sour note

ARCATA, Calif. — Southern Oregon's amateur baseball season fizzled out Saturday, with the RiverDawgs dropping their third of three games at the West Coast League Tri-State playoffs to end the summer campaign.

The second-seeded Folsom Pioneers opened a 7-1 lead through three innings and held on to claim an 8-4 victory in the final game of the four-team, round-robin tournament.

Anthony Bona's two-run single in the bottom of the first inning highlighted a three-run frame, and he returned to supply more damage against Southern Oregon starter Austin Palmer with a three-run home run in the third inning.

Palmer lasted five innings, allowing seven runs — five earned — on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

The fourth-seeded RiverDawgs (17-22) opened the scoring when Johnny Omahen singled home Chris Bradshaw in the first inning.

Southern Oregon cut into its deficit in the fourth inning after Shawn Freeman walked, Marcus James reached on an error and Jonah Northrop was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Ryan Hayden followed with a two-run double to make it 7-3.

The RiverDawgs tacked on another run in the seventh after Hayden reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on a single by Omahen.

Hayden finished 2-for-5 with one run and two RBIs, while Omahen was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Northrop went 2-for-3.

S. Oregon RiverDawgs 100 200 100 — 4 10 5

Folsom Pioneers 304 000 01x — 8 9 1

Palmer, Freeman (6) and Brill; Meehan, Valenti (5), Monigal (6), Stoddard (7), Simmons (8), McDonald (9), Broussard (9) and Heinzer, Hassna (8). W — Meehan. L — Palmer (3-3). 2B — SO: Hayden; F: Hassna. HR — F: Bona.