For the second day in a row, the Warrenton Warriors faced another outstanding 5A pitcher in the Junior Baseball state tournament, held Friday through Sunday in Corvallis.
After losing a 7-0, two-hitter to West Albany in the first round, the Warriors were held hitless in a 3-0 loss to host Crescent Valley in a Saturday morning contest.
Raider pitcher Ethan Jenssen struck out 14 batters, walked one and did not give up a hit in leading Crescent Valley to the consolation win.
Warrenton pitcher Austin Little gave a pretty good account of himself as well, allowing eight hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Crescent Valley — a quarterfinalist at the 5A level last spring — clung to a 1-0 lead through six innings before tacking on two insurance runs in the seventh.
“I think it was just a case of us running out of gas,” said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. “Over the last two weeks, we were one of just a couple teams still playing. And we’ve got a small roster going up against some pretty good 5A programs.”
All in all, he said, “I could not be happier with how the spring and summer seasons went. Would we liked to have won today? Sure. But even had we played (Sunday), my assessment of our program would still be the same.
“We’ve got some young players on the way who saw a lot of action this summer, and I’m real excited about the pitching we’ll have back next spring,” Wolfe said. “One weekend doesn’t define our season. We still finished the summer 12-6, and we were playing some tough 5A programs.”
Jenssen and the Raiders took a slim 1-0 lead into the seventh inning, when Jenssen led off with a bunt base hit, stole second, and scored on Noah Dewey’s base hit to left.
Crescent Valley added one more run, plenty for Jenssen to close out the no-hitter.
Bulldogs 7, Warriors 0
After their successful playoff run in the spring season, the Warrenton baseball program opened the summer season playoffs with a loss to West Albany in a Friday afternoon game in Corvallis.
Three Bulldog pitchers struck out 17 batters and combined on a two-hit shutout, helping West Albany to a 7-0 win over the Warriors in a first round game of the Junior Baseball state tournament at Crescent Valley High School.
Bulldog pitchers Chase Reynolds, Wyatt Javage and Porter Phillips allowed two hits (Jake Morrow and a double by Austin Little) and walked four, but 17 of Warrenton’s 21 outs were strikeouts.
The Warriors did not help themselves defensively, committing seven errors.
Warrenton starter Devin Jackson “pitched well — we just didn’t help him,” said Warrior coach Lennie Wolfe. “And of our 17 strikeouts, 10 were called third strikes. We did not swing the bats.”
Reynolds started and pitched three innings, before giving way to Javage, who also pitched three innings. Both struck out seven.
Offensively, West Albany opened the scoring in the top of the first, putting two runners on base following a Warrior error and a single by Reynolds.
Phillips followed with a two-run double to center field, and Simon Mathios continued the two-out rally with a double to left to plate Phillips for a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Warrenton’s Gabe Breitmeyer drew a one-out walk and Morrow singled to center, but Breitmeyer was thrown out at the plate on Morrow’s base hit, in one of the Warriors’ few scoring opportunities.
The Bulldogs tacked on a run in the third, a double by Nathan Marshall that scored Michael Cale.