WARRENTON - Knappa and Warrenton renewed one of the longest-standing rivalries on the North Coast Wednesday afternoon, as the Loggers and Warriors staged the first "Rumble on the River" baseball meeting since the 2007 season.
Both schools had a little open space in the schedule, and decided to play a single game Wednesday at Huddleston Field.
"You always want to play Warrenton," said Knappa coach Jeff Miller, whose team scored a 16-2 victory over the Warriors at Huddleston Field.
"The dads want to see it, the community wants to see it, the newspaper likes it ... it's fun to play them. And it's always nice to play coach (Lennie) Wolfe's team, because you know they're going to make you play the game."
When the two schools were both a part of the old Northwest League, they were usually going head-to-head for a league title, before the OSAA decided to mess things up after the 2006 season.
Wednesday's meeting turned out to be a little one-sided, as the Loggers scored four runs in the third inning to jump-start their offense, which finished with 15 hits from eight different players.
Cody Strickland was 4-for-4 and was hit by a pitch, Scotty Lambert had a pair of doubles, and Aaron Zweber capped the scoring with a grand slam in a 10-run seventh inning.
Bryan Sablan added a double, while Zweber and the Kelly brothers combined for 12 runs batted in.
On the mound, Knappa pitchers Dalton Kelly, Strickland and Kyle Kelly scattered six hits with seven strikeouts.
The two teams stranded a combined 17 base runners, including nine for Knappa, which also committed five errors in the field.
On the plus side, "I was just real pleased that we kept a good approach at the plate today," Miller said. "You never come out thinking you're going to score 16 runs, especially against Warrenton. But our kids have been swinging good bats."
With a freshman, a sophomore and two first-year varsity players in the lineup, Miller said, "We're so inexperienced, our goal is to improve every single day. We're seeing some growth, we're improving offensively and defensively, and the pitchers did enough today to limit Warrenton."
The Warriors managed six hits, including two apiece for Billy Kerr and Reese Johnson. Freshman Josh Biel had a single off Strickland.
Warrenton had two potentially big innings, but both ended with line-drive outs to Knappa second baseman Trevor Oja.
"We knew we'd have to step up our game a bit," Miller said. "They're the best team we've played so far this year. We haven't played them in a while, and to play a quality team in the middle of our league schedule is really valuable for us. And our kids responded.
"Our pitchers made pitches when they needed to. Kyle (Kelly) came in and did a great job on the mound. Cody and Dalton were on very limited pitch counts."
Strickland was "spot on at the plate today," he added. "Lambert was great at the plate, he was aggressive and went after his pitches. It's hard not to name everybody, because every guy did something for us."
The Warriors host a big game at 4:30 p.m. Friday vs. Rainier, while the Loggers have a doubleheader vs. Gaston at 3 p.m. Friday, which will be played at Pacific University.
Knappa 16, Warrenton 2
Knappa 004 020 (10)-16 15 5
Warrenton 000 110 0-2 6 3
D.Kelly, Strickland (3), K.Kelly (5) and Lambert; Kerr, McFadden (5) and McFadden, Wheatley (5). W: Strickland. L: Kerr. RBI: Kna, Zweber 6, D.Kelly 3, K.Kelly 3, Strickland 2, Aho, Oja; War, Wheatley. 2B: Kna, Lambert 2, Sablan, K.Kelly, Strickland; War, Johnson. HR: Kna, Zweber. LOB: Knappa 9, Warrenton 8. HBP: Kna, Oja, K.Kelly, Strickland; War, Wheatley.
Braves, Gulls postponedThe teams showed up but the umpires were a no-show Wednesday at Broadway Park, so the Banks and Seaside baseball teams will try again at 4 p.m. Friday at Seaside.
Astoria 3-0 9-1
Banks 2-0 6-4
Scappoose 2-1 7-3
Seaside 1-1 5-5
Tillamook 0-3 3-8
Yamhill-Carlton 0-3 6-3
Knappa 4-0 8-1
Country Chr. 3-1 3-7
Portland Chr. 3-1 10-1
Corbett 1-2 6-4
Gaston 0-3 1-8
Nestucca 0-3 0-9
Knappa 4-0 6-2
Corbett 3-0 5-3
Gaston 0-1 3-6
Nestucca 0-3 1-6
Portland Chr. 0-3 0-7