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Despite slow starts offensively in both games of a doubleheader Friday, the Philomath High baseball team was able to pull away and finish strong for a sweep over visiting Cascade. The Warriors took the twinbill by scores of 6-2 and 8-3.

“In the first two or three innings, our bats weren’t great and that’s why we had some zeroes,” PHS coach Levi Webber said. “In about the third or fourth inning in each of the games, our bats started to pick up and get better.”

In the first game, Philomath trailed 2-0 before tying the score in the bottom of the third. Errors, balks and passed balls helped the Warriors along with a one-run single by Cameron Ordway.

The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Ordway walked and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Bennett.

Philomath broke open the game in the sixth with three runs. Brian McClelland walked and Marshall Brattain doubled down the line to get things going in the inning. McClelland scored on a fielder’s choice by Brody Hiner. The big hit that deflated the Cougars came on a two-out, two-run double by Brooks Stearns.

“We came out and got three or four in that inning and got ourselves some separation,” Webber said. “Like I told the guys, ‘if you have an opportunity to get separation at the end of a game and you can do that and give yourself some breathing room, it’s a good thing.'”

The Warriors had just four hits in the game with two singles and two doubles — the extra-base hits coming off the bats of Brattain and Stearns.

“Our guys battled back and chipped away and found a way to get some guys on base,” Webber said. “We did a good job of staying with it and competing and getting to their pitcher.”

McClelland threw six innings and allowed two hits and six walks with 12 strikeouts. Brandn Vogler threw the seventh and allowed one hit and no walks with two strikeouts.

“Brian did a really good job throwing for us. He didn’t have his best command but he battled and competed and pitched out of some stuff spots,” Webber said. “Brandn came in and shut the door.”

In the nightcap, which ended under the lights, the Warriors trailed 1-0 early before getting on the scoreboard in the fourth with three runs.

In the fourth, Michael Slater singled, Brattain walked and McClelland singled to load the bases with no outs. Adam Hernandez and Hiner were both hit by pitches to force in two runs. Calvin Snuggerud later drove another run home on a ground-ball out to second.

Snuggerud, who hits at the bottom of the lineup, provided a spark for the Warriors’ offense with two triples — one in the third with one out, although he ended up stranded, and another in the in the fifth that drove in two runs.

“Calvin was the big catalyst I think in this game,” Webber said. “The ball that he crushed in the third or fourth inning, it hit the wall and got us going. Then he got the other one later in the game. It’s good to see him swinging the bat because when he can swing it well in the 9 hole it sets it up for Cam and Brooks at the top.”

The Warriors scored four runs in the fifth to take control. Hiner had a one-run single to drive in Brattain, who had earlier reached when he was hit by a pitch. Hernandez, who had walked, and Hiner both scored on Snuggerud’s second triple. Snuggerud scored later on an Ordway double for a 7-1 lead.

The Warriors added another run in the sixth. Bennett singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Brattain.

Cascade scored a couple in the seventh thanks to a couple of walks and doubles.

Snuggerud was the lone multiple-hit batter with his 2-for-3 effort with three RBIs. Hiner was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.

On the mound, Brattain threw six innings and allowed six hits and six walks with three strikeouts in a 100-pitch appearance. Vogler tossed the seventh and allowed one hit and no walks with three strikeouts.


Philomath 6, Sweet Home 2


Friday at Philomath

First Game

Philomath

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

Ordway, ss...3...2...1...1

Stearns, c...3...0...1...2

Bennett, lf...3...0...1...1

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

McClelland, p-1b...2...1...0...0

Brattain, 3b...3...0...1...0

Hernandez, rf...2...0...0...0

Vogler, 1b-p...2...0...0...0

Hiner, ph...1...1...0...1

Snuggerud, cf...2...2...0...0

Total...23...6...4...5

CASCADE (5-4, 3-1)        101  000  0 — 2 3 4

PHILOMATH (8-4, 5-1)     002  013  x — 6 4 2

DP—Cascade 1. LOB—Cascade 8, Philomath 6. 2B—Stearns, Brattain.

Philomath

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

McClelland W...6...2...2...1...6...12

Vogler...1...1...0...0...0...2

Total...7...3...2...1...6...14


Philomath 8, Cascade 3


Friday at Philomath

Game 2

Philomath

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

Ordway, ss...3...0...1...1

Stearns, c...2...0...0...0

Bennett, lf...4...1...1...0

Slater, 2b...4...1...1...0

Brattain, p-3b...1...2...0...1

McClelland, 1b...4...1...1...0

Hernandez, rf...2...1...0...1

Hiner, 3b...2...1...1...2

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

Snuggerud, cf...3...1...2...3

Total...25...8...7...8

CASCADE (5-5, 3-2)     010  000  2 — 3 7 1

PHILOMATH (9-4, 6-1)  000  341  x — 8 7 0

DP—None. LOB—Cascade 10, Philomath 7. 2B—Ordway. 3B—Snuggerud 2.

Philomath

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

Brattain W...6...6...3...2...6...3

Vogler...1...1...0...0...0...3

Total...7...7...3...2...6...6

Note: Junior varsity was canceled.

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