VERNONIA - The Battle of the Loggers went Knappa's way Thursday evening, as Knappa swept a Junior State baseball doubleheader at Vernonia, 12-5 and 8-2.
Only the first game counted in the league standings, giving Knappa a 3-0 record, 6-1 overall.
Vernonia held a 5-4 lead after five innings of Game 1, and led 2-0 after four innings of the second game, before Knappa rallied in both contests.
In the opener, Knappa scored six runs in the top of the sixth and added two in the seventh. Derek Jacobson and Sean Ferguson combined on the mound, as they scattered six hits with 16 strikeouts and four walks. Ferguson got the win in relief.
Ferguson also went 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored, while freshman-to-be Gary Aho went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning.
Aho went 3-for-3 with a triple in the second game, while Ferguson added a three-run triple. Dana Barendse had a home run, the sixth different player to homer for Knappa this summer.
Brian Anderson started on the mound for Knappa, and Nick Bryan got the win in relief, as the two combined for 11 strikeouts.
Warrenton sweeps Rainier
RAINIER - The Warrenton Warriors are finding that life on the road isn't that bad.
Warrenton's Junior State baseball team - which will not have a home game this summer due to construction near their home field - improved to 4-0 in league play (6-1 overall) with a 19-0 win at Rainier Thursday evening.
The Road Warriors also won the noncounting second game of the doubleheader, 19-0. Both games went five innings.
Nick Miller was Warrenton's Mr. Everything in Game 1, pitching a complete-game one-hitter, with five strikeouts and two walks. He finished off the Columbians in just 56 pitches.
At the plate, Miller scored four runs and had a double and a home run, while David Anderson went 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI's. Miller and Anderson also made big catches in the outfield.
Warrenton scored in every inning, including eight runs in the fourth.
The Warriors also scored eight runs in the fourth inning of Game 2, with Anderson and Eric Gantenbein combining on the mound to limit Rainier to three hits.
Offensively, Miller had a double and Shane Rudduck went 4-for-5 with five RBI's and a triple. Anderson and Bret Birman also had doubles, and Dan Wolfe went 4-for-9 on the day, with two RBI's in each game.
The Warriors play two games at Vernonia Tuesday (4 p.m.).
Babe Ruth teams set
The players have been chosen and the squads are set for this summer's Babe Ruth Baseball Astoria All-Star teams.
Three teams (13, 14 and 15-year-olds) will compete in a number of tournaments, local and regional, before district tournaments next month.
The state tournament for the 15-year-olds will be hosted by Astoria, starting July 23.
Other state tournament sites include La Grande for the 13-year-olds, and Salem for the 14-year-olds.
See complete rosters in Scoreboard.
named as an All-Star
Warrenton's Nate McBride will take part in the Oregon Athletics Coaches Association (OACA) Gatorade All-Star Basketball Series this weekend at Clackamas Community College.
The series is for Oregon's top high school basketball stars from the class of 2004, who will compete in a total of six games.
Games will be held Friday and Saturday, with the Class 2A All-Stars set to tip off at 4 p.m., followed by the 3A Stars (6 p.m.) and the 4A Stars (8 p.m.). Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and $2 for youth and senior citizens. See complete rosters in Scoreboard.