The Philomath High School baseball defeated Sweet Home on the 10-run mercy rule for the second straight day — this time on the road Thursday by a 13-1 count. The Warriors beat the Huskies at home on Wednesday, 14-3.
Philomath goes to 4-1 on the season and will host Stayton on Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The Eagles will come in with a 2-2 record with series splits against Cascade and Newport.
In Thursday’s game, the two teams battled in a close one until the Warriors began to pull away in the fifth. Philomath then erupted for seven runs in the sixth and held defensively in the bottom half to head home early.
Philomath scored twice with two outs in the top of the first. Adam Hernandez singled to left, advanced to second on a Ty May single, stole third and scored on an error. May scored the second run when Alek Russell put a ball into play and reached on an error.
Sweet Home got back a run in the bottom half and the game remained 2-1 until the fifth. During those middle innings, starters Cameron Ordway of Philomath and Russell Holly of Sweet Home were finding their respective rhythms on the mound.
Ordway ended up going 5-2/3 innings, allowing three hits and no walks with nine strikeouts for the win.
In the fifth, Hernandez led off by getting hit by a pitch and May followed with a single. Russell then bunted to bring in Hernandez for a 3-1 lead. Chase Beardsley reached on an error while May scored for another run.
Skylar Brolin grounded into a fielder’s choice while Russell scored the team’s fifth run. The Warriors went up 6-1 on a one-run single by Ordway that brought in Brolin.
The big sixth inning followed with the Warriors putting the game out of reach. Hernandez and May both reached on errors and later scored on the same passed ball. Russell stole home for the team’s ninth run and Beardsley scored on a passed ball for the 10th.
David Griffith reached on an error while Brolin scored to give Philomath an 11-1 lead. Ordway then scored on a wild pitch and Hernandez doubled to left to bring in Griffth for the final run.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ordway struck out Sweet Home’s first two batters and coach Levi Webber opted to finish with Beardsley in relief. Beardsley walked the first batter he faced but then ended the game with a strikeout looking.
Offensively, Russell had another multi-hit game by going 3 for 4. Ordway, Hernandez and May each collected two hits.
Philomath 13, Sweet Home 1 (6)
Thursday, April 22, at Sweet Home HS
|Sweet Home (4-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|A. Marler, rf||3||0||0||0|
|R. Holly, p-c||3||0||0||0|
|H. Holly, c-p||3||0||1||0|
|K. Marler, 2b||3||0||1||0|
|DP: None. LOB: Philomath 9, Sweet Home 8. 2B: Hernandez.|
|R. Holly L||5||7||6||2||0||7|
Sweet Home 19, Philomath 6 (5)
Thursday, April 22 at Sweet Home HS
|JV GAME NOTES|
|Philomath’s JV team goes to 3-1 on the season. … Sweet Home was able to defeat Philomath after losing to the Warriors twice earlier in the season. … Conner Harms went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs. … Kash Lindsey was 2 for 3 at the plate. … Silas Barton and Lindsey both saw time on the mound. … The JV schedule shows a game on Monday at Stayton.|
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