SEASIDE - A squeeze bunt here, a sacrifice there ... throw in a few singles and some Seaside errors ... it all added up to a 6-1 Warrenton win in a Junior State baseball game Thursday night at Broadway Field.
In addition to the timely hits and a few fine defensive plays, Warrenton pitcher Daniel Wolfe quietly tossed a three-hit, complete-game victory, striking out four with three walks.
The Warriors won the noncounting second game of the doubleheader, 7-1.
"It was a pleasing day," said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. "The defense played well, Dan pitched a good game ...
"We didn't execute well early," he added. "In fact the first three innings I thought we executed rather poorly. But in the middle innings we got things going and started executing.
"The two middle innings we were playing Warrenton baseball," coach Wolfe said. "The short game is always how we win or lose ball games."
With the help of back-to-back singles from Seaside's Daniel Terranova and Pat Latham, the Gulls scored a run in the first inning and held a 1-0 advantage through three innings.
But things took a turn for the worse in the top of the fourth for the Gulls, who committed two errors and gave up a passed ball and a walk to spark a three-run Warrenton rally. Seaside committed five errors in Game 1.
Eric Gantenbein reached safely on a one-out error in the fourth and took second on a passed ball.
Shane Rudduck walked, and with two outs, an errant Seaside throw on a grounder by Cody Mullins allowed Gantenbein to score and put Mullins at second.
And Bret Birman followed with what turned out to be the game's big hit - a sharp single to center field that scored Rudduck and Mullins for a 3-1 lead.
The Warriors picked up where they left off in the fifth, as Dan Wolfe and David Anderson both had singles to right-center field.
A squeeze bunt by Gantenbein allowed Wolfe to score, and another errant throw on the play brought in Anderson and put Gantenbein at second base.
One passed ball and a walk later, Rudduck's squeeze bunt in front of the plate was perfect, scoring Gantenbein from third and allowing Rudduck to reach safely.
From there, the Warriors turned the game over to young Wolfe, who retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth, and gave up a walk in the seventh before Rudduck turned a 5-3 double play to end the game.
After giving up two singles in the first and a base hit to Derek Spivey in the second, Wolfe retired 15 of the next 18 batters he faced, finishing the game on 85 pitches.
"Jason Warner and David Anderson both made some fine running catches in the outfield (as did Nick Miller in the second inning), and we finished it with a nice double play," coach Wolfe said. "And when you've got good pitching and your defense is playing well, that's when good things happen."
Zach LaRue had two hits for the Warriors, including a double, while Rudduck had a pair of singles.
Warrenton had eight hits off Latham and Spivey, who pitched the final two innings.
The Warriors play a doubleheader at Tillamook Tuesday (4 p.m.). The Gulls opened the Junior State season earlier in the week with a 3-2 win over Tillamook.
Knappa 9, Astoria 4KNAPPA - Coupled with Warrenton's wins over Astoria and Seaside, the Northwest League is now 4-0 in league games against the Cowapa League to open the Junior State summer baseball season.
Knappa - which opened play Tuesday with a 13-5 victory over Rainier - improved to 2-0 in league play with a 9-4 win over the Fishermen Thursday evening at home.
Astoria won the noncounting second game of the doubleheader, 12-2.
The Loggers won the one that counted, as they rapped out 13 hits (Knappa now has 29 hits in two league games) in Thursday's victory.
Dana Barendse highlighted the attack with a 3-for-4 effort, which included two doubles and four RBIs. Leadoff batter Sean Ferguson went 2-for-3, as did Steven Maki.
In his final game of the summer season, Knappa's Jordan Shear was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Shear will spend the rest of the summer at a science camp in Alaska.
Ferguson went the distance on the mound, scattering five hits with 10 strikeouts. Only one Astoria run was earned as the Loggers committed three errors. Chris Freeman went the distance on the mound for the Fishermen, now 0-2.
Matt Brause and Mitchell Wirth combined on the mound to shut down the Loggers in Game 2.
Astoria started the game with back-to-back home runs, with the first from leadoff batter Mike Gallegos.
The Fishermen have a bye Tuesday, while Knappa's scheduled home game with Seaside will be played at a later date. Instead, the Loggers will host a nonleague doubleheader with Clatskanie's summer team.
Warriors named to All-State TeamThree Warrenton seniors picked up their final high school awards this week, with their selection to the Class 2A Baseball All-State Team.
Warrior infielder Zach Gantenbein was named to the first team, along with teammate Nate McBride, who was named to the first team as a utility player.
Warrenton senior Sean Beecham was selected as a second-team outfielder. Also named first team was David Anderson, a junior at Nestucca last spring who will play his senior year at Warrenton.
Clatskanie's Kevin Moffatt was named 2A Coach of the Year, while Grant Union junior Bo Thunell was honored as the Player of the Year.
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