The Neah-Kah-Nie Pirates continue to see success on the baseball diamond. They hosted the Vernonia Loggers in what was supposed to be a league play double header on Friday. Due to the length of game one, the second game was not completed.
The game started with a slight drizzle and cold temperatures, but that would soon clear. The Loggers came out in the first inning with the bats swinging. They slugged in 2 runs in the first inning. The Pirates answered, scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the first.
The second inning saw more runs scored, with the Loggers putting 2 unanswered runs on the scoreboard.
The third inning would prove to be a difficult one for the Pirates defense. The inning started with a runner getting on base due to an error by third basemen Josh Elinsky. The next two batters would get on base by a walk and hit by pitch. Neah-Kah-Nie Pitcher Keygan Wagner managed to get the Loggers to swing and pop up, getting 2 consecutive pop up outs. This is where the bases loaded became a problem for the Pirates. Two singles by Logger batters brought in 3 runs before the final out was made. This brought the game to a tie ballgame, 7-7, going into the bottom of the third.
Keygan Wagner came to bat first in the bottom of the third, hoping to make up some runs lost in the top of the inning. He got on base with a no out single. Josh Longfellow was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Josh Elinsky came to bat and hammered a 2 run triple to center field. Three more runs would be scored, extending the lead 11 to 7. This proved to be the nail in the coffin.
The Pirates would score runs in every following inning, while only allowing 2 more runs from the Loggers. Keygan Wagner was credited with the win for the Pirates.
The Pirates go 5-0 for the season, 2-0 in league play. They will host Sheridan on Monday at 430pm
The Cheesemakers hosted the Molalla Indians on Thursday.
The game started in with slightly drizzly, dark weather, like a bad omen. The first inning saw the Cheesemakers shut out the Indians, while they were able to put 2 runs on the board.
Unfortunately, the Cheesemakers would struggle the rest of the game earning runs. The Indians were able to get good looks at the pitches, consistently putting runners on the bags. They would score 10 runs on the scoreboard before the game ended. Despite the sunshine coming out, the Cheesemakers were only able to answer with 2 more runs, for a final score of 10-4.
The Cheesemakers are currently 4-2 overall.
The Nestucca Bobcats have had a busy week on the baseball diamond.
On Monday they traveled to Portland Christian for a double header. They were able to snag wins in both match ups. They won 6-4 in the first game, 4-2 in the second. They returned home for a third battle against Portland Christian. The game started off rough for the Bobcats, with the Royals getting on the board right off the bat with three runs scored in the first inning. The Bobcats were shut down in the first inning. The Royals scored again in the second and third innings, scoring 2 runs in each inning, with the Bobcats unable to answer. By the end of the game, Nestucca was only able to put one run on the scoreboard. They were unable to complete a three game sweep against the Royals, losing 10-1.
The Bobcats traveled to John Day for a baseball tournament for the weekend. They played their first match up today, losing to Santiam Christian 8-2.
Baseball and Softball at the three local high schools is in full swing. Games started last week, including a county opening day matchup between Tillamook and Neah-Kah-Nie.
Tillamook Baseball and Softball
Tillamook baseball kicked off their season against Newport. They played away in the first in a three week string of away games. They fell to Newport 13-1. The Cheesemakers traveled to Seaside for the weekend (15th-17th March) to participate in a 3 day tournament, winning one of three games. They returned to the north coast to play against Waldport on the 19th of March.
Tillamook softball kicked off the season with a win against Neah-Kah-Nie. The Cheesemakers would win 4 in a row before falling to Gladstone yesterday, 13-3. The Cheesemakers next home game is Thursday, March 21st against Molalla.
Neah-Kah-Nie Baseball and Softball
Pirates Baseball opened their season at home with a 5-4 win against Santiam. They traveled to Waldport on Friday in the first of three road games, winning 20-8. The Pirates return home for a match up against Vernonia on Friday, March 22nd.
Pirates Softball opened their season against Tillamook at home on a chilly afternoon last week. They fell 33-0 against the Cheesemakers. They hosted Santiam at home, before traveling to Waldport, then returned this week to host a double header against Vernonia. The Pirates were unable to secure a win in their recent matchups.
Nestucca BAseball and Softball
Nestucca Baseball started their season with a canceled game to weather, but didn't have to wait long to get out on the diamond. The next day game against Willamina was a go, with the Bobcats winning 21-2. The Bobcats started their weekend with a loss against Warrenton, but came back on Monday to beat out Portland Christian twice in a double header matchup (6-4, 4-2).
Bobcats Softball started the season with a loss, losing to Warrenton 20-10. They would reverse that score the next day in a match up against Regis, this time winning 20-10. The Bobcats travelled to Portland Christian on Monday, meeting them out twice in a double header matchup, 28-0 and 16-4
Both Bobcats teams will host Portland Christian tomorrow, March 20th at 430pm.
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