The defending state champion Knappa Loggers showed that — despite the loss of some key seniors — they are still the team in charge of Class 2A baseball.
Hosting the Reedsport Braves — considered to be one of the best teams at the 2A level — the Loggers ran their win streak to 29 in a row with a two-game sweep over the Braves, 3-2 and 11-0, Friday and Saturday at CMH Field.
Following Knappa’s 3-2, eight-inning win Friday, the same two teams played a single game Saturday, with the No. 1-ranked Loggers winning in five innings.
And Knappa jumped all over Reedsport’s Griffin Kaufmann — a second-team all-state pitcher last season — with seven runs in the first inning.
Junior Jason Miller had a single on the first pitch of the game, and the Loggers poured it on from there.
Kaufmann — the co-MVP of the Sunset Conference — did not even make it out of the first inning, as eight of the nine players in the Knappa lineup finished with hits.
Sophomore Mason Hoover was 3-for-3 with three runs scored; junior Andrew Goozee was 2-for-2 and drove in three runs; Miller had two hits and three RBI’s; and sophomore Dale Takalo added a double.
On the mound, junior pitcher Michal Goodman gave up just one hit over five innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. The only hit was an infield single, and Goodman did not allow a single ball to the outfield.
“Michal was the real story,” Knappa coach Jeff Miller said. “He had a couple five-pitch and six-pitch innings, and our outfielders didn’t have to make a single play.”
Loggers 3, Reedsport 2
In Friday’s win, the Loggers only had five hits off two Reedsport pitchers, but Knappa took advantage of a defensive meltdown by the Braves in the late innings.
Reedsport was 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, when Knappa sophomore Reuben Cruz belted a leadoff home run to left field.
Andrew Goozee reached first on a fielder’s choice with two outs, advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw, took third on a passed ball, and scored when the Braves failed to make a throw to first on a routine grounder that would have ended the inning.
After a scoreless seventh, Knappa rallied in the eighth.
Cruz and Dale Takalo both reached on errors, Mason Hoover drew an intentional walk, and Goozee delivered the game-winning hit to center field.
Takalo started on the mound and pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. Hoover pitched the final three innings to pick up the win.
Astoria 9, Dallas 0
DALLAS — Astoria scored two runs in the first inning and seven in the seventh, on its way to a 9-0 win over Class 5A Dallas Friday, in a game played at the University of Portland.
Carter Wallace highlighted the win with a leadoff home run in the first inning, while four Astoria pitchers combined to limit Dallas to just four hits, despite nine walks.
Wallace, Kyle Strange and Ryker Helmerson all had two hits apiece, and Cade O’Brien drove in two runs.
In weekend action at Broadway Field, Seaside opened its own tournament with a 7-4 loss to Estacada Friday, and Elma defeated the Gulls 3-2 Saturday.
Blanchet 7, Warriors 4
SALEM — Three Blanchet Catholic pitchers held Warrenton to just two hits Friday, in a 7-4 win for the Cavaliers, in nonleague action in Salem.
Anthony Cochran and Derek Ham had the only hits for the Warriors, who still scored three runs in the top of the fourth, cutting Blanchet’s lead to 4-3.
The Cavs answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Tanner Fessler had two doubles for Blanchet. Warrenton hosts a doubleheader with Regis, 1 p.m. Tuesday.
R.A. Long 15, Astoria 5
LONGVIEW, Wash. — R.A. Long’s Madison Cathcart belted a pair of home runs and drove in three, to help the Lumberjills to a 15-5 win over Astoria in a nonleague softball game Friday.
R.A. Long pitcher Madysen Bjorge allowed nine hits with nine strikeouts, while Brittnee Harvill had four of R.A. Long’s hits.
Astoria took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the third, thanks in part to a pair of doubles by Mykka Abrahams, who drove in Libby DiBartolomeo in the first inning, and her two-run double in the second scored McKailyn Rogers and DiBartolomeo.
Rylee DeMander had three singles for Astoria, while Kaylee Strahan was 3-for-3 with a double for R.A. Long, which scored nine runs in the bottom of the third.
Blanchet 11, Warriors 2
SALEM — Blanchet Catholic scored broke four runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth, in an 11-2 win over Warrenton Friday.
Blanchet led 4-2 through four innings.
Landree Miethe had two of Warrenton’s four hits, while Blanchet pitcher Heather Arp struck out nine with no walks in the complete-game win.
Loggers 14, Ilwaco 6
LONG BEACH, Wash. — Sophomore pitcher Paris Vanderburg allowed just five hits, with five walks and nine strikeouts Friday, to lead Knappa past Ilwaco, 14-6.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Truax led the offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with six runs batted in, while sophomore Mikayla Rethati was 3-for-4.
Ilwaco lost two players to injuries. Starting pitcher Gracie Bennett was hit in the arm by a line drive in the first inning, and Bre Kondos left with a hand injury.
Seaside Softball Tournament
9 am: Vernonia vs. Astoria
11 am: Seaside vs. Woodburn
1 pm: Valley Cath. vs. Woodburn
3 pm: Vernonia vs. Warrenton
5 pm: Jefferson vs. Seaside
7 pm: Naselle vs. Valley Catholic
9 am: Woodburn vs. Astoria
11 am: Seaside vs. Vernonia
1 pm: Valley Cath. vs. Warrenton
3 pm: Jefferson vs. Warrenton
5 pm: Naselle vs. Jefferson
7 pm: Astoria vs. Naselle
Baseball — Astoria at Glencoe Spring Break Tournament, vs. St. Helens, 12:30 p.m., Hillsboro Stadium; Regis at Warrenton (2), 1 p.m.; Santiam at Knappa, 4:30 p.m.; Chief Leschi at Ilwaco (2) 3 p.m.
Astoria 9, Dallas 0
Arnsdorf, Palek (4), Hageman (4), Wallace (6) and Helmerson; Weaver, Minahan (4), Stewart (7) and Earhart. W: Arnsdorf. L: Weaver. RBI: Ast, O’Brien 2, Wallace, Strange, Helmerson, Tuimato, Palek. 2B: Ast, Tuimato. HR: Ast, Wallace.
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Dallas 000 000 0—0 4 5
Blanchet Cath. 7, Warrenton 4
Little, Knight (4) and McFadden; Cravinho, Ruef (3), Handarin (6) and Cantonwine. W: Ruef. L: Knight. 2B: BC, Fessler 2.
Warrenton 000 310 0—4 2 2
Blanchet 004 300 x—7 7 1
Knappa 3, Reedsport 2
Doane, Tresch (8) and Lavigne; Takalo, Hoover (6) and Goozee. W: Hoover. L: Tresch. RBI: RHS, Tresch; Kna, Cruz. 2B: RHS, Hixenbaugh, Glover. HR: Kna, Cruz. LOB: Reedsport 5, Knappa 6. HBP: RHS, Tresch; Kna, Cruz.
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Knappa 000 002 01—3 4 1
Knappa 11, Reedsport 0
Kaufmann, Tresch (1), Barnes (3) and Tresch, Kaufmann (1); Goodman and Goozee. W: Goodman. L: Kaufmann. 2B: Kna, Hoover, Takalo.
Reedsport 000 00—0 1 0
Knappa 730 1x—11 13 0