Skylar Brolin
Philomath’s Skylar Brolin threw a no-hitter on Thursday at Sisters. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School baseball team completed a series sweep over Sisters Thursday with back-to-back shutouts that included a no-hitter by senior Skylar Brolin. The Warriors won 8-0 in the first game behind David Griffith’s two-hitter and followed with a 6-0 win on the strength of Brolin’s gem.

The Warriors immediately set the tone for how the afternoon would unfold with Cameron Ordway’s solo home run to lead off the first game. Ordway’s shot, his first of the season, went to left field on a 1-0 pitch.

Philomath (9-8 overall, 8-1 Oregon West) went up 2-0 in the third inning when Carson Gerding doubled and scored on a Mason Stearns single. The Warriors then broke the game open in the sixth by putting six runs on the scoreboard.

Logan Cartner hit a two-run double and later in the inning, Brayden Shenk and Ordway had one-run singles for a 7-0 lead. Gerding drove in the team’s eighth run on a double.

Griffith threw just 76 pitches in the complete-game performance, which included two hits and two walks allowed with five strikeouts.

At the plate, Ordway, Gerding and Carter each went 2 for 4. Ordway and Carter collected three and two RBIs, respectively.

In the nightcap, Philomath took control early with four runs in the first. Gerding, Stearns, Griffith and Chad Russell each had one-run singles. Philomath added two more in the fourth when Ordway scored on a wild pitch and Alek Russell hit a sac fly to left field to bring in Gerding.

Brolin was the star of this one, though, with his performance on the mound. The only two base runners in the game for the Outlaws came in the third and sixth innings on walks. Brolin had eight strikeouts and had a pitch count of 100 even.

Ordway went 3 for 4 at the plate and is now hitting .528 in 17 games this season and an impressive .621 in conference play. Gerding went 2 for 3.

Sisters dropped to 7-13 overall, 2-10 in league play.

Philomath remains in contention for the Oregon West Conference title tied for first place in the loss column with Stayton. Those two teams will square off in a pivotal three-game series next week with two of those games at Stephenson Field, the first on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.