Dawgs rally, hold on against Crabs
Well behind Humboldt's initial scoring pace on Friday, the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs regained their composure and used back-to-back big innings to seemingly seize control in amateur baseball.
The Crabs, however, provided a comeback scare of their own in the eighth inning but the RiverDawgs were able to do just enough to dismiss Humboldt, 10-9, and capture the first of a three-game nonleague series at Harry & David Field.
After the RiverDawgs (16-17) came roaring back to build a 10-6 cushion, the Crabs scored three runs in the top of the eighth and had the tying run on third base with two outs. Southern Oregon reliever Dylan Bedortha then got Casey Watkins to fly out and preserve the victory for the Dawgs.
The Crabs (24-10) tallied five runs in the third inning to scamper out to a 5-0 lead. But in the bottom of the fourth, the RiverDawgs responded with three runs on Jace Sloan's two-run double and an RBI double from Jake Rogers.
Southern Oregon continued to climb back by bringing 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, where the RiverDawgs erupted for six runs and stormed out to a 9-5 lead.
Capped by Nick Rodda's two-run single, the RiverDawgs had four hits and capitalized on two Humboldt errors in the frame.
Sam Paterson was credited the win — his fourth — for the RiverDawgs, while Bedortha picked up his second save of the season.
Southern Oregon finishes off its series with Humboldt in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. today at H&D.
The Crabs were led by Jason Mahood, who went 3-for-5 with three doubles, drove in two runs and scored once.
Humboldt 005 001 030 — 9 8 2
Southern Oregon 000 360 10x — 10 7 4
DeBoo, Austin (5), Soto (6) and Cerrudo; Paterson, C. Bataska (6), Bedortha (8) and Rogers. W — Paterson (4-2). L — DeBoo. 2B — H: Mahood 3, Eshelman; SO: Jemmett, Kincaid, Sloan, Rogers.
CENTRAL POINT 9-9, ROSEBURG PEPSI 8-2 — At Central Point, Sebastian Reynolds supplied a walk-off single in the opener to cap a mini-rally by Central Point and Matt Preston tossed a four-hitter with five strikeouts in the nightcap to secure the nonleague sweep.
Central Point (24-13) led 7-4 heading into the seventh inning in Game 1 but Roseburg tallied four runs to take an 8-7 advantage. The Comets were able to load the bases in their half of the inning, with Evan Erskine drawing a walk to plate Chris Painter and Reynolds following with a single to score R.J. Morgan.
Reynolds went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Morgan was 3-for-3 with three runs and one RBI, Painter 2-for-4 with two runs and Ty Fox 2-for-2 in the opener.
In Game 2, Anthony Martin was 4-for-4 with four RBIs while Stefano Sparacino was 3-for-4 with three runs in the rout. Martin also homered in Game 1.
The Comets also received a forfeit for today's scheduled twin bill with Klamath Falls, improving their Area 4 mark to 19-7.
Roseburg Pepsi 010 210 4 — 8 12 2
Central Point 210 121 2 — 9 13 2
Townsend, Backen (7) and Leach; Fahndrich, Williams (6) and Aplin. W — Williams (7-1). L — Backen. 2B — R: Newell, Watkins, Wilson; CP: Fox, Morgan. 3B — R: Wyscaver; CP: Morgan. HR — CP: Martin.
Roseburg Pepsi 200 000 0 — 2 4 3
Central Point 212 040 x — 9 12 3
Muck, Seely (5) and Guillen; Preston and Cooper. W — Preston (4-2). L — Muck. 2B — R: Watkins; CP: Sparacino, Martin. 3B — CP: Martin.