This story was updated with the JV report.
The Philomath High School baseball team opened its season Tuesday afternoon in Adair Village with a 10-7 loss to Santiam Christian.
The Warriors took a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning but the Eagles took advantage of Philomath walks, hit batsmen and errors mixed in with timely hitting to stage the comeback. Santiam Christian scored seven runs in the fifth and added two more in the sixth to even its record at 2-2 on the season.
The Warriors scored its first run on Chad Russell’s single to drive in David Griffith, who had earlier reached on a single and stolen second base.
In the third with the game tied 1-1, Philomath pushed across four more runs. Mason Stearns hit a one-run double and Griffith followed with a one-run single. Two batters later with two outs, Ty May hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that made it 5-1.
Philomath then pushed its advantage to 7-1 in the fourth. Silas Pittman tripled to drive in Caleb Babcock, who had reached on a single. Pittman made it home on a sacrifice fly by Stearns.
But that would be it for Philomath’s offense. Santiam Christian pitcher Josh Riddle entered the game and retired nine straight with six of those on strikeouts.
Santiam Christian’s fifth inning included three reaching on a walk, one advancing on a hit by pitch and another safe on an error. A two-run double by Danny Simili and later in the inning, three straight two-out singles gave the Eagles the lead.
In the sixth, Simili hit a two-run home run to put the home team up by three.
Brayden Shenk, Philomath’s starting pitcher, went four innings and allowed seven hits, one run and two walks with six strikeouts.
At the plate, Griffith went 2 for 4 with two runs while Stearns and May both went 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Simile went 3 for 3 with three runs and four RBIs, Jacob Yenchik was 3 for 3 and Camden Carley went 3 for 5 to lead the Santiam Christian offense.
The Warriors are scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Gladstone.