BASEBALLWarrenton 12, Vernonia 10WARRENTON - Vernonia continues to gain respect around the Northwest League, but the Loggers ended up on the losing end of a 12-10 score at Warrenton's Huddleston Field Friday afternoon in NWL baseball action.
The Warriors scored three runs in the first inning, four in the second and three in the third to take a seemingly safe 10-4 lead.
But a grand slam home run by Vernonia's Travis Gwin in the top of the fourth brought the Loggers to within two runs, and Vernonia tied it in the top of the fifth.
Warrenton responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run from Nate McBride, his first dinger of the season.
McBride also made a relief appearance on the mound in the fifth, and held the Loggers scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings.
"Any time a team can force you to bring in your ace after just a few days' rest, you're doing a good job," said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. "Vernonia put some heat on us, and they're much better than their record indicates.
The Warriors' Jake Mullins (3) tries to steal second base but was tagged out before reaching the bag.
KIM ERSKINE - The Daily Astorian"Nick (Miller, Warrenton's starting pitcher) didn't have his best stuff, and Dan (Wolfe) got us out of the fourth, but he had a little trouble in the fifth and didn't make the pitches he needed to make.
"Nate made the pitches he had to and bailed us out, and at the plate as well. The two-run homer was just what the doctor ordered."
Sean Beecham also had a home run to lead Warrenton's 11-hit attack, while Zach Gantenbein went 3-for-3 and scored four runs. Beecham and McBride had three RBIs apiece, and Zach LaRue went 2-for-4.
The Warriors are scheduled to play a nonleague game at Tillamook Wednesday.
Knappa 13, Neah-Kah-Nie 3ROCKAWAY BEACH - Knappa jumped all over Neah-Kah-Nie right from the start Friday afternoon in Rockaway Beach, as the Loggers scored 12 runs over the first two innings, on their way to a 13-3 win.
Toivo Fransen got the complete-game win on the mound for Knappa, went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs.
"It was a great performance by Toivo, offensively and defensively," said Knappa coach Jeff Miller, whose team improves to 8-5 overall, 2-2 in league. "Every Knappa player scored a run, and all but one had a base hit, so we really spread the wealth."
Fransen scattered five hits on the mound, while the Pirates committed five errors in the field. Knappa had 10 hits off two Neah-Kah-Nie pitchers.
The Loggers host Clatskanie Tuesday.