WARRENTON - No matter what style of baseball they're playing or what uniform they're wearing, the Warrenton Warriors are good in just about any century.
The Warriors hosted their first "Turn Back the Clock Day" Thursday at Huddleston Field, complete with old-style uniforms, 25-cent hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks and 1940's swing music. The Warriors plan to make Turn Back the Clock an annual event.
And while the Warrenton nine looked good in their nostalgic uniforms, the Warrior lads looked even better once the first pitch was thrown.
Warrenton collected nine hits off three Knappa pitchers on its way to a 10-2 Northwest League win over the Loggers, giving the Warriors a season sweep over their rivals.
The victory improves Warrenton's record to 12-1 overall, 7-0 in the Northwest League.
The Warriors had contributions from several players, but they didn't need to look any further than Nate McBride's performance as the key.
Wearing the Warriors' new throwback uniform, McBride looked like Cy Young on the mound and Ty Cobb at the plate, as he allowed just four hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks, and helped his cause with a three-run homer and a run-scoring single for four RBIs.
"We felt good about how (the uniforms) turned out, and how the day turned out ... it was a lot of fun," said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. "We started off very well. People were hitting the ball, we ran the bases well and Nate did a great job on the hill.
"One of the nice advantages of playing the same team for a long time as Warrenton and Knappa have, is that you get a feel for what other people's capabilities are," he said. "And Nate really called his own game today. He had a good feel for what he could accomplish out there, and he certainly did a great job."
Knappa coach Jeff Miller - unfortunately for his team - couldn't agree more.
"They beat us every which-way," Miller said of the Warriors. "Nate was great again. That's the difference between Nate as a senior and Nate as a sophomore. He was good as a sophomore, consistent as a junior, and now he's good every time out."
Following a leadoff single by Zach Gantenbein in the bottom of the first inning, Warrenton's Sean Beecham drew a walk and McBride followed with his three-run shot over the left-center field fence.
With the help of a leadoff double by Robert Rankin and a nice bunt from Derek Jacobson, the Loggers scored two runs in the top of the third to cut Warrenton's lead to 4-2.
But that's as close as Knappa would come as Warrenton tacked on a run in the fourth and five in the fifth, which began with a solo home run from Zach LaRue.
Beecham belted a two-run single, and Gantenbein and McBride each added run-scoring hits later in the inning.
LaRue has been "going up to the plate with a very specific plan," Wolfe said. "He's looking for certain pitches in certain areas, and he's just attacking the ball. Everything's coming off his bat hard and fast, and he's really looking good right now.
"The whole squad's been hitting well lately, but the seniors have really been on fire."
Knappa pitchers Sean Ferguson, Jacobson and Brent Brockey combined for seven strikeouts and eight walks.
Ferguson "did a great job of settling down and settled into a few good innings, but he got tired, it caught up to him, and we didn't get it done after that," Miller said.
"(The Warriors) hit the ball, and we gave them some momentum early with a missed play in the field here and a walk there, and if you give a team momentum early, it's tough to fight back," he added. "Yeah, it was 10-2, but all of those little things are what adds up to that. Certainly Warrenton took it to us."
The Loggers slip to 4-4 in league, 10-7 overall.
Knappa's doubleheader at De La Salle has been moved from today to Monday.
"It's a competitive league, and we know we can't take a day off and expect to win," Miller said. "We need to play good every day to make sure we get in that top four (for the league playoffs)."
Second-ranked Warrenton has a nonleague doubleheader Saturday at fifth-ranked Regis.
"I look forward to every game, but Regis is special because we happen to be two of the traditional stronger teams in the state," Wolfe said. "I enjoy seeing their coaches because they're both good friends, and it's important for teams who want to improve to play other good programs."
Scappoose 5, Seaside 4SCAPPOOSE - Scappoose defeated Seaside 5-4 in a rescheduled Cowapa League baseball game Thursday.
The Indians improve to 2-2 in league play, while the Gulls drop to 0-4.
Seaside hosts Rainier Tuesday.
SoftballScappoose 15, Seaside 0GEARHART - Scappoose broke open a close game with seven runs in the fourth inning, then added five in the fifth on its way to a 15-0 win over Seaside in a Cowapa League softball game Thursday at Norway Field.
The Indians' Brandi Hoglund had four hits, and teammates Lynette and Tanya Karp added three hits apiece. Elizabeth DeLong had Seaside's lone hit off Hoglund, who struck out eight and walked one batter.
The Gulls, who committed nine errors, slip to 1-3 in league, 5-5 overall. Scappoose improves to 4-0, 11-4.
Seaside hosts a doubleheader today with Vernonia (3:30 p.m.).
Warrenton 10, Knappa 0WARRENTON - The Warrenton softball team held an 8-0 lead after two innings as the Warriors cruised to a 10-0 win over Knappa Thursday in Northwest League action.
Winning pitcher Stacey Moore allowed just two hits, with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Dani Cederberg was Warrenton's leader at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Rose Dugan and Sarah Kelley also had two RBIs apiece, while Ashley Johnson had a double and Moore was hit by two pitches.
The Warriors had contributions off the bench as well, as Courtney Sturgell had a double, and Trista Anderson and Elise Balensifer each had singles.
Pinky Pitts and Lisa Shepard each had a hit for the Loggers, who are scheduled to play at De La Salle today. Warrenton plays at Neah-Kah-Nie Tuesday.