WARRENTON - The rebuilding job started Tuesday for two local baseball programs. And from the looks of it, the Warrenton Warriors' construction project shouldn't take too long.
Warrenton opened the Junior State summer season with a 4-0 win over Astoria at Huddleston Field. Pitcher Dan Wolfe struck out 10 batters and allowed just one hit in the victory.
The lone Fishermen hit came with two outs in the seventh inning when Astoria's Travis Wesely poked a single to left field to break up Wolfe's no-hit bid. Other than that, Wolfe had a flawless day on the mound and the Warriors played flawless defense behind him.
"Dan threw a great game," said dad (and Warrenton coach) Lennie Wolfe. "He's figured some things out the last week or so in the bullpen, and it really showed today.
"He threw a very nice, tight curve, and his motion is such that his fastball is hard to pick up until late. And because he's figured some things out, his fastball had a little more pop. It was just a good outing for him."
Dan Wolfe's last start was May 16. He threw two innings Saturday for Rainier's Junior American Legion team. Wolfe finished Tuesday's contest with just 93 pitches.
He struck out the side in the first inning and added two K's apiece in the second and third innings. After walking two batters in the third, Wolfe retired five in a row and 12 of the next 14.
The junior-to-be also helped himself with two hits at the plate, including a double in the third inning.
Warrenton jumped on the board in the second, when Eric Gantenbein drew a leadoff walk and Tyler Collier was hit by a pitch.
Gantenbein was forced out at second, but Collier took third on an error and scored on a double steal.
The Warriors tacked on two runs in the fourth, as Gantenbein was hit by a pitch, stole second and advanced to third on a single by Collier.
Warrenton's Bubba Massey followed with a single to right, scoring Gantenbein, and Collier scored on the first of two singles by Buddy Davis.
The Bubba and Buddy Show had coach Wolfe pleased.
"Buddy Davis picked up two hits, Bubba had a nice rip for us ... we played solid defense behind Dan ... I couldn't be much happier for the first time out."
Warrenton finished with seven hits, six off Astoria starter Matt Brause.
The Warriors play a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Thursday at Knappa (second game nonleague).
Knappa sweeps IlwacoLONG BEACH, Wash. - The Knappa Loggers won two games on five hits Tuesday, sweeping past Ilwaco 5-1 and 8-3 in a Junior State baseball doubleheader in Long Beach, Wash. Only the first game counted in the league standings.
Knappa pitcher Sean Ferguson limited Ilwaco to three hits in the opener, while the Loggers had just two hits, but took advantage of 11 walks.
Knappa scored four runs in the fifth inning on four walks and a Gary Aho hit. Ferguson went the distance on the mound, striking out eight with two walks.
The Loggers had three hits in Game 2, and Nick Bryan pitched a complete game, allowing two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Ilwaco held a 3-2 lead with two outs in the seventh inning, but an error allowed the Loggers to score the tying run, plus five more, all with two outs.