PHS baseball: Brooks Stearns

Philomath's Brooks Stearns, seen here scoring against Newport on Wednesday, hit a two-run home run in Friday's game.

BRAD FUQUA, PHILOMATH EXPRESS

Leave it to Newport to ruin a perfect league record.

Philomath High School's longtime baseball rival Newport overcame a 5-3 deficit with nine runs over the fifth and sixth innings Friday afternoon to pull off a 12-5 victory over the Warriors.

The loss stopped Philomath's winning streak at six and represented the team's first setback in the Oregon West Conference. Still, the Warriors were able to win the season series over the Cubs by taking two out of three.

Philomath scored a run in the top of the first without getting a hit. Nolan Jackson worked a walk and scored when Brooks Stearns reached on an error. Newport responded with three in the bottom half of the inning and the score remained 3-1 into the fifth.

The Warriors put up a four-spot in the top of the fifth. Calvin Snuggerud walked and Michael Slater was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Two batters later, Jackson smacked a double to drive in both base runners and tie the game, 3-3.

Brooks Stearns then hit a two-run home run to give Philomath the lead.

But in the bottom half of the fifth, errors and walks hurt the Warriors as the Cubs regained the lead. Another five runs came across for Newport in the sixth on just two hits. Two more errors helped Newport pull away.

Philomath's pitching had been on a roll, allowing just eight runs during the six-game winning streak. Newport, which has been struggling this season, went to 3-11 overall, 2-4 in the conference.

At the plate, Philomath had just five hits in the contest, led by Slater's 2 for 2. Stearns had three RBIs and Jackson scored twice.

Marshall Brattain threw into the sixth inning and allowed nine hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Six of Newport's 12 runs were unearned. Brandn Vogler relieved in the sixth.

Philomath drops to 5-1 in the conference, 8-4 overall. The Warriors begin a key three-game series against North Marion Monday. The Huskies enter the series with a 12-2 overall record and No. 1 OSAA ranking.


Newport 12, Philomath 5


Friday at Newport

Philomath

Player...AB...R...H...BI

Rath, lf...4...0...0...0

Jackson, 1b...3...2...1...1

Stearns, c...4...1...1...3

Brattain, p-3b...3...0...0...0

Vogler, p...0...0...0...0

Conner, cf...3...0...1...0

Bennett, 3b...3...0...0...0

Pfarrer, ss...3...0...0...0

Snuggerud, rf...2...1...0...0

Slater, 2b...2...1...2...0

Total...27...5...5...4

PHILOMATH (8-4, 5-1)     100  040  0 —  5 5 4

NEWPORT (3-11, 2-4)      300  045  x — 12 9 2

DP—Philomath 0, Newport 1. LOB—Philomath 4, Newport 5. 2B—Jackson. HR—Stearns.

Philomath

Player...IP...H...R...ER...BB...SO

Brattain L...5...9...11...6...3...5

Vogler...1...0...1...0...0...0

Total...6...9...12...6...3...5

Brattain pitched to 4 batters in 6th.

Note: The junior varsity result was not immediately available.


Junior Varsity


Philomath 10, Newport 5 (4)

Friday at Newport

Team notes: Philomath's JV record goes to 3-3 in league play, 3-6 overall. ... Adam Hernandez allowed six hits over four innings. ... Colby Pellet drove in three runs and played well at third base with exceptional plays. ... The game was called after four innings. ... The JV is scheduled to play Monday at home against North Marion.

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