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Pitching helps RiverDawgs escape Seals

Supplied with early run support, the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs amateur baseball team relied on clutch pitching in key moments to escape the California Seals at Harry & David Field on Thursday.

Zach Morgan escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning to help starter Andrew Herrera preserve his 6-0 record as the RiverDawgs claimed a 5-2 victory.

The win improved the RiverDawgs to 20-8 and 10-5 in Far West League play. The FWL foes square off today at 7 p.m. at Harry & David in a nonconference contest.

Morgan inherited two Herrera runners with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, both of which wound up scoring — the first on an error by RiverDawgs second basemen Brent Gillespie and the other on a sacrifice bunt by Dominic Nazario of the Seals.

Morgan, however, picked up the next two outs then escaped a one-out, bases-loaded mess in the top of the eighth when Pedro Hildago grounded into a double play. Tyler Spencer pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Herrera was solid on the mound, going 5-plus innings to allow two earned runs on four hits, one walk to go with one strikeout.

The RiverDawgs put the pressure on the Seals when they loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning. After Tynan Pedretti knocked home Kyle Secciani on a groundout, Vince Ampi and Chris Streeter hit back-to-back run-scoring singles to right field to put the RiverDawgs up 3-0.

Ampi went 2-for-3 for the RiverDawgs.

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Valentine, Hildago (5) and Nazario; A. Herrera, Morgan (5), Spencer (9) and Brill. W — A. Herrera (6-0). L — Valentine. S — Spencer (2). 2B — C: Britton, Collinsbride, Nazario.

CENTRAL POINT 6, CENTENNIAL 3 — At Clackamas, Taylor Pardee pitched a complete-game three-hitter and was 2-for-3 with one run scored to help Central Point to its 23rd straight victory during the opening game of the 12-team Diamond Classic at Clackamas High.

Taylor Tibbets was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI in the wood bat opener for the Comets (26-4), who play Redmond at 9:30 this morning to complete pool play.

Pardee finished with six strikeouts, walked three and hit one batter.

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Central Point 022 011 x — 6 8 0

Moran and McCracken; Pardee and Aplin. W — Pardee (3-1). L — Moran. 2B — CP: Aplin, Tibbets. 3B — C: Craswell.

JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS — At La Jolla, Calif., Dylan Wu missed the cut by one stroke despite putting together one of the better third rounds at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Wu, 15, shot a 1-over-par 73 on Thursday to finish tied for 53rd at 15-over 231 — just one shot outside the cutline at 230.

His third round included birdies on the par-3 third, fifth and 14th holes, allowing Wu to wrap up his play at the event as the top performer on the par 3s with a 2.75 average.

Bogeys on the par 4 fourth, 12th, 15th and 17th holes cut into Wu's score on the final day after earlier rounds of 82 and 76.