Stayton did it again — this time in Philomath.
After defeating the Warriors, 4-3, on Monday with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, Stayton came to Stephenson Field on Wednesday and pulled off the same feat. The Eagles trailed by a run going into the seventh and put up a three-spot to take a 7-5 lead. Philomath went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half and the Eagles got out of town with a victory.
“Right now, it’s just about competing. I don’t think we showed up — especially today with the energy and the intensity, the fire you need to compete,” PHS coach Levi Webber said. “Stayton’s a good club; they’ve turned the page from where they were at a couple of years ago and we knew that after Monday’s game.”
The game was close throughout with the game tied 2-2 through two innings. In the third, the Eagles took a 4-2 lead but Philomath rebounded with three in the bottom half. Senior Chase Beardsley had the big hit with a bases-loaded triple. Cameron Ordway had reached on an error, Adam Hernandez worked a walk and Alek Russell took one for the team to set the table for Beardsley.
The game remained 5-4 in Philomath’s favor until Stayton’s comeback in the seventh. Ordway started at pitcher for the Warriors and had a few shaky moments but kept escaping jams.
“We kind of hung tight for the first five, six innings and had a lead but we just didn’t have enough in the end,” Webber said. “The biggest thing that killed us was Cam’s pitch count got up too high. We had to pull him. That out he got in the sixth was the very last batter he could possibly face; I mean he ran right up to it during that at-bat.”
High school rules state that a pitcher cannot pitch more than 110 pitches per day. A pitcher can finish pitching to a batter if he reaches the daily maximum during an at-bat but then must be removed from the mound. And that’s what happened to Ordway, finishing the game with 111 pitches.
“He didn’t have his best stuff early and they competed, but I thought he did a great job of battling and keeping us in the game,” Webber said.
In his six innings of work, Ordway allowed eight hits, two earned runs and no walks with eight strikeouts.
With Adam Hernandez coming in to start the seventh, Stayton collected two singles and a walk to load the bases. Stayton tied the game when Tanner Manning scored on a passed ball. Cody Leming bunted home Wyatt Connally for the lead. And the Eagles added an insurance run when Nick Frith scored on a wild pitch.
“Their seventh inning started about the same way it did Monday,” Webber said. “They found a way to get on base and from there it just snowballed and we struggled throwing them strikes.”
Hernandez left the mound with two outs in the seventh with Webber bringing in Ty May to finish it out. May didn’t even throw a single pitch, ending the inning by picking off a runner at second base.
A pop-up in foul territory and two strikeouts ended the game for PHS.
“I told the guys, it’s going to be about how hard are we going to compete going forward, especially tomorrow (Thursday) … because tomorrow we’re going to be short handed on the mound,” Webber said. “We’ve got Adam, who’s going to able to bounce back, but we don’t have a lot of bullets left in the chamber as far as arms go so it’s going to be how hard we want to compete, how bad we want to get after it and how bad we want to stay after it and try to win a league title.
“Right now, we pretty much have to win the rest of them if we want to be there,” Webber said.
The Warriors play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Cascade. The second game of that series will be next week on Monday and then the Warriors have two-game series remaining against Woodburn and Newport.
Philomath took a 1-0 lead in the first on a May line drive to center to bring in Ordway, who had opened the inning with a single. In the second, Beardsley hit a one-out single to center to plate Russell, who had reached on a walk. Beardsley followed with his base-clearing triple in the third to complete Philomath’s scoring.
The Warriors (4-3) had just four hits in the game with Beardsley going 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Connally went 3 for 4 to lead Stayton (4-2).
Stayton 7, Philomath 5
Wednesday at Stephenson Field, Philomath HS
|Co. Hollenbeck, 2b||5||0||1||1|
|Ca. Hollenbeck, rf||4||0||2||1|
|DP: Stayton 1. LOB: Stayton 11, Philomath 7. 2B: Manning. 3B: Beardsley.|
Philomath 9, Stayton 8
Wednesday, April 28, at Philomath HS
|JV GAME NOTES|
|Philomath’s JV team goes to 5-1 on the season. … Philomath won the game in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off double by John McCombs. … Mason Stearns was perfect at the plate by going 5 for 5 with two triples and a double. He also scored four runs. … McCombs went 4 for 5 with a double, triple and four RBIs. … Stearns and McCombs combined for nine of the team’s 14 hits. … Chad Russell drove in two runs. … The PHS JV plays Thursday at Cascade.|
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