Levi Webber and team
Levi Webber and team (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Facing an unbeaten opponent on the road for the young Philomath baseball team proved to be too much in a 16-6 loss on Monday at Banks.

The Warriors opened the season with a doubleheader sweep over Sisters on Friday but went up against a higher-caliber opponent with the Braves, a team that improved to 4-0 and defeated all of those teams on the mercy rule. Banks is also the defending Class 4A state champions, winning the title in 2019.

Philomath scored two in the top of the first. Cameron Ordway opened the game with a line-drive double to left. David Griffith then worked a walk to set up a two-run single for Ty May.

In the third, Griffith opened the inning with a double to left and Adam Hernandez was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Griffith stole home. With two outs, Chase Beardsley singled to right to plate Hernandez.

Philomath added two more in the fifth. With two outs, May doubled to center and Alek Russell was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. Beardsley produced with a double to left that scored both May and Russell.

But Banks carried big bats and pounded out 11 hits. The game was stopped on the 10-run mercy rule with one out in the bottom of the fifth.

Philomath had eight hits as a team with Ordway, May and Beardsley each collecting two. Beardsley had three RBIs and May knocked in two.

Blake Niemann started at pitcher and went 1-2/3 innings, allowing five hits and four walks. Hernandez and May also saw time on the mound.

Philomath (2-1) will begin a two-game series with Sweet Home with a game Wednesday at home and Thursday on the road.

Banks 16, Philomath 6 (5)
Monday, April 19, at Banks HS
Philomath (2-1)202026
Banks (4-0)4402616
Ordway, ss3120
Griffith, 2b-1b2210
Hernandez, cf-p-cf1100
May, 1b-p3122
Russell, rf-cf-2b2110
Beardsley, 3b3023
Brolin, lf3000
Carter, dh1000
Williams, c2000
Niemann, p0000
Louie, p5121
W. Hesselman, 2b4221
C. Hesselman, cf4122
C. Gobel, cf0000
White, c1300
Belden, ss2421
Stone, 1b-p3301
Harbaugh, dh0001
King, 3b0100
Selleck, rf3024
Lind, lf-1b3011
DP: Philomath 1. LOB: Philomath 4, Banks 6. 2B: Beardsley, May, Ordway, Griffith, W. Hesselman 2, Kind.
Niemann L1.258440
Louie W354415