RAINIER Warrenton scored an exciting 8-7 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday at Rainier before the Columbians came back with a 7-3 win in the nightcap, as the Lewis & Clark League baseball rivals split the twin bill.
A diving catch in center field by Warrentons Kyle Lopez ended the first game, as the Columbians had runners at second and third.
The Warriors came out on fire, scoring four runs in their first at-bat of the day. Rainier contributed to Warrentons cause by committing two errors in the inning (the Columbians would commit nine errors in the opener).
Jimmy Bentley and Luke Wilson both had two-run singles to give Warrenton a quick 4-0 lead.
Rainier took a 5-4 lead in the fifth, sparked by a home run from Ethan McGlone, who finished the first game 3-for-3, with two homers.
The Warriors responded with three runs in the top of the sixth, which included three more Rainier errors.
The Columbians scored twice in the bottom of the seventh before Lopez made the game-ending catch off a line drive from Oliver Bolden.
Josh Biel was the winning pitcher, working six innings, even after spraining his ankle in the fifth. Cole Jensen pitched the final inning for the save.
In Game 2, all 10 runs were scored in the first three innings, with the Columbians scoring three in the first, one in the second and three in the third, highlighted by a three-run homer from Devyn Heflin.
Jensen pitched the first three innings and took the loss before giving way to Brock Johnson, who held Rainier scoreless on just one hit the remainder of the game.
Bradd Lundberg had a double and Biel went 2-for-3 for the Warriors.
Overall, I feel pretty upbeat about the improvements weve made, said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. We had a five-game win streak when we needed it most and actually went into Game 2 still with a shot at winning the league.
As it is, Valley Catholic (11-2) holds a half-game lead on Rainier (11-3), with Warrenton at 8-5 and Clatskanie 7-6.