Building Momentum For College Ball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.-  West Salem-grad Brody McMullen had himself a good summer with the Salem Withnell Dodgers going into his freshman year with Linn-Benton Community College.  A Summer of pitching that featured an 89-pitch, nine strikeouts against Fairfield of California in June and had a six-and-a-third innings of work against the Hillsboro…

Crushers End Season Against Challengers

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmai.com ROSEBURG, Ore.- It was a tough way to end the season, but at least they broke the playoff drought. Playing three-straight days of high intensity baseball is tough and fatigue had sunk in for the Post 58 Crushers against the defending State Champions in the Emerald Challengers Sunday morning in one…

Sprague’s Rogers Walks It Off For Withnell In Playoff Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.–  Sprague’s Chris Rogers bases loaded single capped one of those ‘Welcome to State’ games as the Salem Withnell Dodgers weathered the storm of the Emerald Challengers to start the American Legion Triple-A State Opening round Saturday. And to little surprise between the two great squads at Bill Gray Legion…

Crushers Fall In Playoff Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.–  The Post 58 Crushers had the daunting task of taking on a Hillsboro Barbers team that had only lost eight times in 39 games and are front-runners for the American Legion Triple-A State Title going into the Field of eight Saturday morning. But even with that kind of pressure to…

Crushers Walk-Off Caps Doubleheader Wins Over Hawaii 18U

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.– Cue the ‘Finally’ meme from Spongebob Squarepants because the bats have awoken from their slumber from their last few games.  Their offense, which produced 15 runs on 12 hits in their doubleheader sweep of the Hawaii 18U travel team of Oahu, Hawaii, backed up strong performances by Lupe Peralta…

Withnell Dodgers Sweep Dirtbags In League Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  After a lull in Wednesday’s 2-1, nine-inning victory in Scio, the bats of Withnell slowly came back around Thursday when they traveled to Central High School for a twin-bill with the Post 20 Dirtbags.  Taking both games 9-3 and 6-3 respectively with their bats accounting for 21 hits in…

Independence Day Baseball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.–  It’s been roughly an year-and-a-half since Central’s Joey Cole has pitched.  But with three pitches into his 22-pitch outing Monday evening, the Panther catcher and first-baseman got the Post 20 Dirtbags out of a jam against a stacked Utah Marshall team to close out an Independence Day doubleheader at…

Dodgers Improves To 3-1 On Spokane Trip

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDICAL LAKE, Wash.–  The Withnell Dodgers continued to duplicate their success coming off of their 2022 Wood Bat Classic in Spokane opening loss to the Spokane Crew 19U Friday afternoon. Even in their 9-8 defeat the Dodgers bats were there.  And Withnell’s bats continued to feed off of their next three games with…

Crushers Fall To Barbers 10-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.– The Papa’s Pizza Invitational Baseball Tournament, that’s in its 46th season, has featured some tough teams through the years and the Post 58 Crushers have gotten a taste of that two days into Pool play. Having played the Roseburg Doc Stewarts, Rose City Baseball and Post 6 Barbers entering…

Dodgers Snaps Four-Game Skid

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  The Withnell Dodgers closed out their five-game Medford roadstand with some positive momentum going into their Area-3 league series with Newport. Coming off of four tough games in the Coach K Memorial Tournament this past weekend, the Salem-based squad were looking to end on a high-note following how those first…

Dodgers Fall In Saturday’s Doubleheader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  It was a tough day for the Withnell Dodgers in the Coach K Memorial Tournament Saturday, but the squad finished stronger than they started.  Rebounding from their tough 15-0 defeat to the Chico Nuts to falling in a close 6-4 game to Reno at North Medford High School.  “The…

Stalnaker Steals Four Times In Crushers Doubleheader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Western Christian-grad Owen Stalnaker had himself a Rickey Hendersen-like day for the Post 58 Crushers in the American Legion Triple-A doubleheader against the Columbia Gorge Hustlers Friday afternoon. Of the eight stolen bases by the Crushers, four belonged to Stalnaker who showcased his speed that helped the Pioneers on…