The Philomath High School baseball team opened the Newport Spring Break Tourney on Monday morning with a 10-4 loss to Class 5A Crescent Valley.
The Warriors (0-3) are scheduled to continue play in the tournament on Tuesday with games against another 5A opponent in Dallas (9 a.m.) and Astoria (11:30 a.m.). The games are being played at Frank V. Wade Memorial Park.
In the loss to the Raiders, Philomath got into a 4-0 hole by the top of the second inning. In both of those innings, Crescent Valley’s leadoff hitter got aboard on a double — Landen Parker in the first and Tucker Cleveland in the second.
Philomath got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. The Warriors loaded the bases with no outs — Alek Russell reached on an error, Mason Stearns singled to right field and Chad Russell walked. But Crescent Valley pitcher Noah Dewey got out of a hole by striking out the next two PHS batters. Cameron Ordway followed with a line-drive single to score Alek Russell but Stearns was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
The Raiders added another two runs in the top of the third to go up 6-2. Philomath again pushed a run across in the bottom half. David Griffith reached on a one-out walk and advanced to third on a double by Ty May. Alek Russell followed with a sacrifice fly to left to plate Griffith.
Neither offense did much again until the sixth inning. Crescent Valley put a four-spot on the scoreboard in the top half to take control of the game at 10-2. Philomath countered with two runs in the bottom half. Stearns singled and Blake Niemann reached on an error and both came around to score on two-out, one-run singles by Ordway and Carson Gerding.
Philomath outhit the Raiders, 9-6. Ordway went 3 for 4 with two RBIs while both May and Stearns went 2 for 4. On the mound, May and Brayden Shenk both saw time on the mound. Combined, they allowed five earned runs and six walks with five strikeouts.
Luey Campos went 2 for 4 for Crescent Valley, which went to 2-1 with the win. Later in the day, the Raiders lost to Mazama, 8-5.