Ty May watches the ball on a double to left field to open the fourth inning in Tuesday's game against Stayton. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Oregon West Conference leader Stayton jumped on the Warriors from the start in a baseball game that quickly got out of hand for Philomath High at Stephenson Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles hit the ball hard and often in a 10-0 final that ended after five innings on the mercy rule.

Philomath (9-9 overall, 8-2 Oregon West) had issues in the field with five errors along with mental mistakes that don’t show up in the box score.

“On the second play of the game, they go bunt and we don’t cover third … and so they walk into third,” Webber said. “That just kind of sets a bad tone right there, you know, just where we’re at mentally. And then we just made too many mistakes … five errors today was not good.”

Stayton took control early and batted through the lineup while scoring five runs in the first inning. Two of those runs scored as the result of an error and another base runner made it home on a wild pitch.

“I think we just need to play to our capabilities,” Webber said. “The one thing today that we didn’t do is we didn’t show up. I mean, granted, Stayton is a good club and they smack the heck out of the ball and they jumped on us.”

Philomath’s Alek Russell slides safely into second base on a steal in the second inning. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Eagles added single runs in the second and third and then another three in the fourth for the 10-run lead. Philomath’s starting pitcher, Cameron Ordway, had only two earned runs in the 91-pitch performance, a statistic that indicates how the mistakes contributed to Stayton’s run total.

“We can compete with anybody as long as we play how we know we’re capable of playing but if we don’t against a good team like that, this is the result,” Webber said. “That’s pretty much the message I had for them after the game. It’s about making sure we show up and compete.”

PHS senior Cameron Ordway collected two of the team’s three hits. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Ordway went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and Ty May hit a double for the Warriors.

Cody Leming went 3 for 3, Conner Hollenbeck was 2 for 3 and Conner Choate drove in two runs for the Eagles.

Stayton took sole possession of first place in the Oregon West and will bring records of 16-4 overall and 12-1 in the league into Wednesday’s rematch as the series shifts to the Eagles’ home field. The third game will be back in Philomath on Thursday.

The Warriors remain in contention for first place at one game back in the loss column. Newport is in the mix as well, tied for second with Philomath at 8-2.

PHS sophomore Kash Lindsey struck out two of the three batters he faced in the fifth. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

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.