The Philomath High School baseball team stayed in contention for an Oregon West Conference title on Friday by sweeping a doubleheader over winless Woodburn, 15-6 and 17-7.
Following Friday night’s results, Stayton sits atop the standings with a 6-2 record with Philomath second at 7-3. Sisters (5-3), Newport (5-4) and Cascade (5-4) are also in the mix. The Eagles own the tiebreaker over Philomath with a two-game sweep of the Warriors and would have to stumble badly down the stretch to let first place slip away. To have any realistic shot at first, Philomath would need to beat Newport on Monday and Wednesday.
In the wins over Woodburn, sophomore Ty May had a big day with a three-run homer in the first game and a complete-game victory at pitcher in the second game.
Philomath scored 12 runs over the first two innings in the opening game. Leading 3-2, the Warriors erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the second. Cameron Ordway opened the inning with a walk and Adam Hernandez reached on an error to set up May’s home run to left field. The shot gave Philomath a 6-2 lead.
The Warriors went on to score six more runs in the inning — all with two outs. Woodburn struggled with its fielding to help the cause but David Griffith had a two-run single and Hernandez drove in another two with a double.
Philomath added two more runs in the fifth on one-run singles by Alek Russell and Blake Niemann. In the sixth, May doubled to left to drive in the final run.
May went 4 for 5 with two doubles, the home run, three runs scored and five RBIs. Hernandez was 2 for 5, both doubles, with three RBIs. Griffith finished 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Ordway scored four runs and stole four bases.
On the mound, Skylar Brolin, Ordway and Brayden Shenk all saw innings. Ordway had the bulk of those duties with five innings pitched, allowing six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Shenk, a sophomore, was making his first appearance in a varsity game this season and struck out one of the three batters he faced.
In the nightcap, Philomath took care of business in five innings, ending it early on the 10-run mercy rule. The Warriors scored six in the first, four in the second and four in the third to quickly put the game out of reach.
Woodburn scored four runs in the top of the first for the early lead. But the Warriors responded in a big way in the bottom half. Ordway, Griffith, Hernandez and May each had extra-base hits to open the game to bring in three runs. Ordway opened with a double, Griffith followed with a one-run double, Hernandez hit a one-run triple and May hit a one-run double. Another run came in later in the inning when Chad Russell reached on an error and Alek Russell scored, and on a Logan Carter triple that drove in Chase Beardsley and Chad Russell.
In the second, Alek Russell and Beardsley had RBI hits, May scored on a passed ball and another run came in when Niemann reached on an error.
May’s one-run triple and Alek Russell’s one-run single made it 12-4 in the third. Two more runs came in on a Logan Carter double. In the fourth, Shenk came off the bench and tripled to drive in Mason Stearns, who had opened the inning with a walk.
Woodburn closed the deficit to eight runs in the top of the fifth but Philomath ended the game with two more runs in the bottom half. Niemann was hit by a pitch and Ordway reached on an error and both scored on a Hernandez double to right.
Ordway, Hernandez, May, Alek Russell and Carter had two hits apiece at the plate. Carter drove in four runs and Hernandez had three RBIs. At pitcher, May’s five innings included eight hits and three walks allowed with seven strikeouts.
Philomath’s regular season ends next week with 4:30 p.m. games against Newport on Monday (on the road) and Wednesday (at home).
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Philomath 15, Woodburn 6
Friday, May 7, at Philomath HS
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|DP: Woodburn 1. LOB: Woodburn 8, Philomath 8. 2B: Hernandez 2, May 2, Vazquez, Saucedo. HR: May.|
Philomath 17, Woodburn 7 (5)
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|DP: None. LOB: Woodburn 5, Philomath 7. 2B: Ordway 2, Beardsley, Hernandez, Griffith, May, Aa. Cruz Salgado. 3B: Shenk, Hernandez, Carter, May.|
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Corvallis 16, Philomath 8
Thursday, May 6 at Philomath HS
|JV GAME NOTES|
|Philomath’s JV team record goes to 7-3. … Statistics were not available from the game. … The JV Warriors are scheduled to play Monday at Newport.|