Comebacks Spark Oly’s Start 2-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a back-and-forth battle between the Oly’s 14U-Pilgrim Friday afternoon at Wallace Marine Park with the NorCal Blitz of Redwood City, California. The Oly’s answered the Blitz’ three-run first inning with a three-run inning of their own three-run first inning and traded runs over the course of the…

Vandals 14U-Oliver Goes 1-1 In First Day Of Bracket Play

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The defense of the NW Vandals 14U-Oliver team came through in the clutch in their bracket opener Friday afternoon at Wallace Marine Park against the Foothill Gold Jason squad from Sacramento. After surrendering eight runs Thursday in pool play, the Vandals defense settled in their 13-0 shutout victory to open bracket…

Sprague’s Lampe Commits To MHCC

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  Sprague-graduate Rory Lampe draws similarities between the Olympian baseball program that Luke Buccheit has ran the past few seasons Lampe has donned the Orange and Black to his new home up in Gresham with Bryan Donahue’s Mount Hood Community College program. Saying that Donahue is a nose to the…

Free Football Skills Camp

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore,–  Thursday evening at Judson Middle School saw roughly 60 athlete’s arrive for a Football Skills Camp.  NOS (No-Off Season), GymClub and Salem Speed all came together for the camp for kids from first grade through High School focusing on four station work before going into Individual position work. Lineman…

Oly’s Go 1-1 In 14A Western Nationals Pool Play

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Wednesday afternoon’s tough 7-0 pool play defeat to the Silicon Valley Fusion of Mountain View, California was a good learning experience for incoming Silverton freshman McKenzee Petersen. The Oly’s 14U pitcher pitched the final three innings of the 14U Western Nationals Pool Play game, striking out three in the…

Dippel’s Last Ride

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  David Dippel has been known for his high-intensity and boisterous personality along the basepaths and in the dugout the past 15 years coaching.  This past Tuesday at the US Cellular Fields was no different. Cheering his NW Vandals 18A team against Oregon Blaze 16A squad in both team’s second…

Embracing The Grind

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  This summer has felt almost like an American Legion Baseball season for incoming West Salem Junior Brooklyn Corliss and the Oregon Blaze 16A with how often they have played.  Corliss joked that she’s been home maybe three nights this month alone as the squad went to Bend, Beaverton, the…

Stayton’s Ritchie Commits To Northwest University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  Stayton’s Cedella Ritchie will be joining former Eagle teammate Sydney Maurer at the collegiate level as she had committed to play softball at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington as a utility player. “I’ve always wanted to but now that it’s a reality I think I’m going to have a…

Withnell Finishes Sixth At State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.– Salem Academy’s Brandon Reed showcased his pitching ability Monday afternoon in the Withnell Dodger season-closing defeat to the Portland Barbers at Champion Car Wash Field. After a less-than-ideal first inning that saw the Barbers plate two quick runs in their 6-2 victory, Reed settled in and found his zone…

Strother Sets Up Brenneman’s Walk-Off

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.—Grant Strother is going to be a dude for the Sprague Baseball team this next Spring as a Junior. All the reps over the Spring and Summer led to this critical point in the Withnell Dodger season.  Facing elimination against the Springfield Timbers Sunday morning, Strother entered the game in…

Withnell Falls In State Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.–  The Withnell Dodger defense held the powerhouse Eugene offense to three runs in the Dodgers 3-0 defeat to the Challengers to start the American Legion Triple-A State Playoffs Saturday. The Sprague Trio of Jack Muth at pitcher, Eli Lowe at third and Taylor Brennaman in Right Field, the three set…

Crushers Lose Heartbreaking Playoff Play-In Game On Walk-Off

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.–  It was a heartbreaking way to end their incredible season.  It’s hard to imagine at the start of the season to see the Post 58 Crushers at the one-game Play-in game Friday night in Roseburg in a league with traditional powers like the Withnell Dodgers, Corvallis Gerding Marketmen and…