Baseball Powers Way To Split With Bearcats
SALEM, Ore. - After dropping a close game in the opener, the Puget Sound Loggers blasted past the Willamette Bearcats, 20-5, in the second game of a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader on Friday afternoon in Salem, Ore.
In the opener, Willamette struck first on a three-run home run by Michael Dearborn that game the Bearcats a 3-0 lead. The Loggers got on the board in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Will Mentor (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) that scored Travis Hernandez (Burlington, Wash./Burlington-Edison). Puget Sound tied the game up in the seventh on a pair of RBI hits by David Thirlby (Seattle, Wash./O'Dea) and Gregg Ringold (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Harker School).
Three runs in the bottom of the seventh gave the Bearcats the lead once again but junior Mark Rockey (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./New Mexico) got the Loggers back within one run with a two-run bomb to left field that also scored Hernandez. Unfortunately for Puget Sound, that would be the final scoring as Willamette took the 6-5 lead. Tim Fogarty (Pacifica, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) took the loss, allowing six runs, only two earned, on four hits in six and two-third innings pitched. Colin Clark got the win for Willamette, allowing two runs on two hits in one innings pitched.
In the second game, the Loggers struck early and often. After two quick outs in the top of the first, Rockey hit his second home run of the afternoon for the 1-0 lead. Jason Powell (Redwood City, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep) hit a three-RBI double and Andrew Grady (Cave Creek, Ariz./Phoenix Country Day) finished up the five run inning with an RBI single to score Powell.
Freshman Matt Cox (Salem, Ore./South Salem) hit a three-run home run in the top of the second to push the lead to 8-0. Willamette added two runs in the bottom of the second but Puget Sound didn't let up offensively, scoring three more runs in the third before exploding for six runs in the sixth inning. Two more runs in the seventh and one more in the ninth gave the Loggers their eventual 20-5 victory. James Lane (Silverdale, Wash./Avila College) got the win for Puget Sound, allowing five runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Chris Togerson took the loss for Willamette, allowing five runs on three hits with three walks in just two-thirds innings pitched.
The Loggers and Bearcats will meet again on Saturday with a pair of seven-inning games, beginning at Noon.