WARRENTON - The weather was warm and the Warrenton Warriors were even hotter Tuesday afternoon at Huddleston Field, as they put together two strong outings in a Junior State baseball doubleheader with Rainier.

The Warriors pounded out 11 hits - including four from Zach Gantenbein - in a 10-4 victory in the opener; and Gantenbein added three more hits in Game 2, while David Stevens pitched Warrenton to a 7-3 win.

Nate McBride picked up the complete-game win in Game 1, allowing just six hits with four strikeouts.

But it's the defense that has impressed Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. In the last four games, the Warriors have committed just two errors.

"Defensively we've been very sound," Wolfe said. "I've been pleased that we've gotten what we had hoped for from our veterans, and the young guys are playing much better defensively. And that's big. If our pitching is sound, we can stay in games.

"Two errors in the last four games - that's as

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Warrenton's Nick Smith strains to beat a throw to first base in the fourth inning of Game 1, won by the Warriors, 10-4.good as it's ever been," he said. "Including when we had Thebiay and Bruney throwing and we only had to make eight plays a game."

The Warriors were making plays left and right and up the middle Tuesday, including a diving catch in center field from Nick Miller; a 9-3 putout from right fielder Jason Warner; and a diving stop in Game 1 by second baseman Zach Gantenbein, which turned into a double play that would have made ESPN's top 10 plays of the day.

Offensively, Gantenbein went 4-for-4 in the opener,

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Warrenton's Nick Miller, made a diving catch in center field on a fly ball by Rainier's Chad Andrews in the sixth inning of Game 1.and had three singles in his first three at-bats in Game 2 before grounding out in the fifth inning.

"He had a good run," Wolfe said of Gantenbein. "Even a couple times where he didn't have quality swings, the ball managed to find its way into open ground. But most of his cuts were line drives, and he laid down a beautiful bunt for a base hit as well.

"I was real pleased with our bunting," Wolfe said. "Jason Warner had a great drag bunt, and the squeeze play by Jake Mullins (in Game 1, scoring Stevens) couldn't have come on a tougher pitch - the ball was only about three inches off the ground and he did a good job of going down to get it."

McBride added a single and a double in both games, while Stevens had three hits on the day and Brandon Reef had a pair of singles in Game 2.

"Brandon's starting to come around," Wolfe said of Reef, who did not play baseball last year. "Today was the first time where he looks like he's starting to get a feel for it again. His hands are sound and he's starting to stay back and turn on the ball."

On the mound, "Nate finished strong, but his pitch count is still too high," Wolfe said. "That's the second game in a row where he's been up around 125 pitches. He just needs to throw more first-pitch strikes.

"David was right on line for another 70-pitch-type outing, until that one inning (the fifth inning of Game 2). But he recovered soundly."

Warrenton held an 8-0 lead after three innings in Game 1, before the Columbians

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Warrenton first baseman Brandon Reef tags a Rainier player.

scored four in the fourth.

The Warriors tacked on two runs in the sixth, and McBride retired three of the four batters he faced in the seventh.

It was more of the same in Game 2, as Warrenton led 6-0 after three innings. Stevens retired the first nine batters in order, before giving up a single to start the fourth. Gantenbein made a diving stop on a grounder by Andy Rice, and started a 4-6-3 double play to help the Warriors get out of the inning.

Rainier scored twice in the top of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate with the bases loaded, but Stevens got Kyle Rask to hit into a force play to end the game.

The Warriors have a week off before hosting a 4 p.m. doubleheader with Knappa next Tuesday.

Seaside sweeps Tigers

SEASIDE - The Seaside Junior State baseball team returned to action after a week off and posted two wins over Clatskanie Tuesday at Broadway Field, 10-0 and 6-2.

The Gulls closed out the opener in five innings, as they broke open a scoreless game with six runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth.

That was plenty for starting pitcher Vito Cerelli, who allowed just two hits with six strikeouts.

Offensively, Seaside's Zack Nyberg belted a three-run home run, Jon Wickersham went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Mark Budnick had an RBI double.

All 17 Seaside players saw action in Game 2, which the Gulls led 6-0 after two innings.

Daniel Terranova started on the mound, and gave way to Josh Emmerling in the fourth and Wickersham in the sixth. Emmerling picked up the victory.

Jeff Hinton had a triple and two RBIs at the plate, Bryan Robison was 2-for-2, and Wickersham was 2-for-3 and scored twice.

The Gulls play a doubleheader at Rainier Thursday.

All-Stars place second in SandyThe Lower Columbia Cal Ripken 10-year-old All-Stars took second place at the Sandy Tournament last weekend.

Lower Columbia defeated David Douglas 14-0 in the opener, then knocked off previously undefeated Sandy 9-1.

In the playoff round, the No. 1 seed All-Stars defeated Beaverton 10-0 to advance to the championship game, where they held a three-run lead on Sandy before losing, 6-4.

Lower Columbia pitchers Taylor Landwehr, Max Johnson, Dane Lund, Ian Erickson and Marcus Brown allowed just seven runs in the four games.

The Lower Columbia team will play an exhibition game against the Seaside 10-year-old All-Stars at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Columbia Field.

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