WARRENTON - The number of pitching changes a team makes is usually a good indication for the outcome of a baseball game.

Friday afternoon at Warrenton, the Vernonia Loggers used a total of six pitchers in nine innings of a doubleheader with the Warriors at Huddleston Field.

Warrenton, meanwhile, needed only two pitchers in a sweep over the Loggers, 14-4 and 13-0.

Billy Kerr and Reese Johnson both recorded complete-game victories for the Warriors, as Kerr allowed just four hits in the opener, and Johnson struck out eight with no walks and three hits allowed in Game 2.

"We pretty much shared the wealth today," said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. "A lot of guys had a lot of hits, and a lot of guys scored runs.

"We're beating the people we should beat," said Wolfe, whose team improves to 4-2 in league. "We haven't really stepped up and beaten someone who we thought might really be a competitive team. That being said, we beat Regis three times, and they're certainly doing well in their league.

"Our goal now is to beat someone who - on paper - we're not supposed to beat. We've got to find a way sooner or later."

Offensively, Thomas McFadden had three doubles in Friday's games, while Kerr had a double and three RBIs in Game 1, and belted a two-run homer in the second game.

Kerr had a rough start on the mound in the opener, giving up a leadoff double, but the first inning for Vernonia starter Oliver Kocura made Kerr's inning look like a walk in the park.

Kocura walked two batters, hit another and gave up one hit in the first inning of Game 1, and three Warrenton base runners scored on balk calls, and another scored on a wild pitch.

Warrenton led 7-2 after three innings, and broke it open in the fourth, as Josh Wheatley had a one-out double and scored on a single by Reese Johnson.

Kerr singled to plate Johnson, Kerr came home on a double by McFadden, and McFadden scored on a single by Alex Carlson.

Kerr's double in the fifth inning brought in David Kelley and Johnson for a 10-run lead.

"We had a little bit of a 'hiccup' at the beginning of the first game, but we seemed to get our focus back, and I felt pretty good about what we did after that," Wolfe said.

Kerr's two-run blast in the first inning of Game 2 gave Warrenton a quick lead, and the Warriors pulled away with eight runs in the third inning.

Wheatley, Tyler Miller and Beau Torres all reached base on bunts, and McFadden's sharp double down the left field line scored Kerr and Torres.

The Loggers used three pitchers in the inning, and combined to walk five batters, three with the bases loaded.

Warrenton will have a week off before playing a doubleheader at Clatskanie Friday.

"At this stage, we have six league games left, and we're thinking that we have to win six more," Wolfe said. "And it begins with the one you're playing.

"We've got a week to get ourselves prepared for a veteran team," he said, with Warrenton two games behind league-leading Rainier.

"I don't know where we fit," in league play, Wolfe said. "It's hard for me to gauge where we are compared to the top two teams (Rainier and Clatskanie), because we've played so badly when we've played those teams."

Knappa 20-18, Country Christian 3-4MOLALLA - The Knappa Loggers are within two games of first-place Portland Christian with three games to play, following weekend action in the Northwest League.

The Loggers improved to 9-3 with a 20-3, 18-4 sweep at Country Christian Friday, while Corbett (9-2) and Portland Christian (10-1) split a pair of games last week.

The conclusion of a third game between the Cards and the Royals was postponed and will be played this week. As a result, Portland Christian will play four games in four days this week, including three vs. Knappa.

The Loggers and Royals square off today for one game at Portland Christian, then will play a doubleheader Thursday at Knappa.

In Friday's twinbill sweep, the Loggers had an 11-run inning in Game 1 and a 10-run inning in the second game.

Cody Strickland and Dallas Oja both hit two home runs in the opener, then each added another in Game 2.

Doug Montgomery also went 3-for-5 with a homer in Game 1, while Mitch Elliott picked up his first career win on the mound in Game 2.

Cougar pitchers had control issues, walking 16 and hitting eight batters.


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