The Philomath High School baseball team dropped its third straight conference game with a 12-1 loss to Stayton Tuesday at Terry Stephenson Field.
The two teams were scheduled to play a three-game series last week but spring’s wet weather got in the way and washed away two of them. Tuesday’s game was the first of those games that had to be rescheduled. The other one won’t be played until the end of the regular season on May 15.
Stayton (10-3 overall, 6-0 Oregon West) built a 4-0 lead through the first two innings. Cody Leming opened the game with a double and came around to score. Freddy Connally had a two-run single to highlight the second.
In the third, Stayton pulled away by putting up seven runs. The Eagles had four hits, three walks and a hit batsman to move around the bases. A couple of wild pitches also helped the visitor’s cause.
Down 11-0, the Warriors (8-6, 3-3) got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the third. Mason Stearns hit a double — the team’s first hit of the game — to drive in Caleb Babock, who had led off the inning with a walk and moved up to second on a wild pitch.
Philomath had only one other hit in the game — also a double that Babcock hit to lead off the fifth.
Stayton’s Connally, Ryne Hockman and Daniel Odenthal shared duties on the mound. Connally got the start and gave up one hit, one run and four walks with one strikeout in three innings.
Stearns started for the Warriors and went 2-1/3 innings. Logan Matthews relieved in the third and threw 2-2/3 innings, allowing one hit, one run and two walks.
For the Eagles, Leming finished 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs, Wyatt Hooper was 2 for 2 with two runs and three RBIs, and Odenthal finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Connally drove in three and Ty Borde scored twice.
Philomath hits the home diamond again Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. game against Cascade.