Dodgers Storm Past Roadrunners

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The NW Stars know how to hit the ball.  The NW Stars team that played the Post 20 Dirtbags Wednesday showed that while the NW Stars Roadrunners squad playing at Willamette University did the same Thursday against the Withnell Dodgers. The Roadrunners jumped out to a 3-0 lead on…

Post 20 Takes Down Medford In Friday Split

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.—In their first game of the season, Post 20 faced-off against a familiar opponent that has halted their State Championship hopes three times in the last two seasons in the Medford Mustangs. “They’ve beat us the last couple of years so it was good to come out and beat them…

Willamette Valley Rallies To Defeat Withnell

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.–  It seemed like it was the same story different verse for the Withnell Dodgers Friday when they took on Willamette Valley. They led the Titans entering the top of the seventh inning 2-0 when Willamette Valley chipped away at the lead, eventually gaining the lead at 4-2 entering the…

Withnell’s Rally Falls Shy Against Corvallis

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.– The last few games have presented challenges to the depth of the Withnell Dodgers as the graduating Seniors on their roster go out on family vacations and the like with the Dodgers traveling down to Roseburg to play some tournament baseball. In their Tournament opener against Corvallis, Withnell was…

Found Their Missing Piece?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  Think about this, the missing piece to the Post 20 Dirtbag squad in 2018 was their pitching. You had Jaret Stewart (Dallas), Kaleb Kantola (Central), Eric Kessler (Dallas) and Braden Allison (West Salem) on the bump in 2018.  Four solid starters for the Dirtbags, but when it came down…

Withnell Falls In Extras To Beaverton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a different story for Withnell Wednesday following their big Tuesday win on the road against North Willamette Valley the day before. Missing Michael Soper, Will DeLoretto and Cole Herschbach from Wednesday’s home game versus Beaverton, the Dodgers made do with the athletes they’ve had in their arsenal…

Big Fourth Inning Lifts Dodgers Over North Willamette Valley

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.– The North Willamette Valley Single-A team had made a game of things entering the fourth inning against the Triple-A Withnell Dodgers Tuesday evening at North Marion High School. The Dodgers had jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the first inning. But Brady Hansen showed why…

First Day Of Try-Outs For Post 20 Dirtbags

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  Medford has been the kryptonite of sorts for the Post 20 Dirtbags the last two years in the American Legion AAA State Playoffs. Two years ago in Klamath Falls the Dirtbags had the five-time State Champions on the ropes in the second-round and on Championship Day in 2017 before…

Dodgers Split With Barbers

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–It was two vastly different games for the Withnell Dodgers Sunday afternoon at Willamette University. Coming off a 6-4 win over Washington power Vancouver Saturday, the Dodger defense was challenged by the bats of the Portland Barbers in the opener of the doubleheader to close out the weekend. It was…

Hamilton Returns To Dodgers As Coach

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Cole Hamilton found himself in a familiar, yet different role two-and-a-half months removed from Tommy John surgery Thursday afternoon. He was known as a leader for North Salem during his time playing for Chris Lee, but now the 20-year-old who’s healing up after suffering the injury throwing during a drill…

Top Seven Stories Of 2018

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com As one year ends and another begins, I just wanted to go back and share a few stories I was able to witness and cover this season.  I know I may have missed a few so my apologies ahead of time haha. Here is the list: #7 One Streak Ends As…

Kantola Throws Gem In Tough Loss To Medford

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.–Kaleb Kantola brought his best stuff to the State tournament Monday night versus Medford. The two teams met twice in last year’s State Tournament that included the Championship Game with the Mustangs eeking out the title in the first game of the Championship Day. But it was 2018, new faces…