Withnell Pulls Away From Beaverton 9-1

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–  The series between Beaverton and Withnell this season had been close games when the two squads met in the opening round of the American Legion Triple-A State Playoffs with the Dodgers 9-6 win on June 22 being the largest margin of win this season. And for the first…

Post 20 Shuts Door On Willamette Valley

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–  There’s no easy teams left at this point in the season.  You have to be tuned in, every pitch and every inning in order to advance. With the American Legion Triple-A State Tournament kicking off Saturday at Kiger Stadium in Southern Oregon, Post 20 held off a late…

Withnell Advances To State With Sweep Over Lakeridge

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The bats of Withnell have probably came around right when they need them entering the State Playoffs Saturday afternoon. Just as impressive as their 17 runs on 22 hits in their series sweep of the Lakeridge Pabco Roofers Monday and Tuesday and the clutch defense in Game 1’s 6-5…

Hagan’s No-No Caps Dirtbags 2-0 Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  Post 20 did what they had to do to get back into the Area-3 League Title race Tuesday afternoon with their sweep of their first two games of the four-game series with Withnell. Jaret Stewart, in Game 1, pitched a complete game with five strikeouts as Jacob Maiben hit…

One Last Tune-Up Before Post 20

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s not too often anymore that American Legion teams get to play a nine inning game. Three-years ago, it was a common occurrence to have at least a nine-inning game with league before playing two seven’s.  But with Saturday’s game, Withnell had the opportunity to test out their endurance…

Overcoming The Pressure

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.– The pressure is now on entering the final week of the American Legion Triple-A season. For the first four innings of Friday’s series finale between Post 20 and Corvallis in the Marketmen’s series clinching 7-1 win, it had the makings of what the previous three games had billed: Close…

Amador’s Pitching, Maiben’s Walk-Off Lifts Post 20 In Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  It’s the home stretch of the regular season in American Legion Triple-A, and in the Area-3 Standings the Post 20 Dirtbags find themselves in a two-way tie with the Withnell Dodgers ontop of the league standings at 7-1 overall. The Dodgers and Dirtbags won’t meet, in essence with the…

Withnell Finishes Second In Reno

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com RENO, Nev.—  The last time that Cascade-grad and current-Lane Community College ballplayer Jake Davidson pitched, was four years ago during his sophomore season as a member of the Cougar baseball team. Looking for an extra arm in their final game against Medford, Davidson stepped onto the mound in the sixth inning…

The Magic Of Dodger Dave

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com RENO, Nev.–  Kaiden Doten knows a thing or two about dugout baseball superstitions. This past Spring at South Salem, where Doten played first base for the Saxons, there was a cardboard sign in the dugout that read ‘Thooah’.  The dugout in unison say ‘Thooah!’ after a double or triple and brought…

Withnell Takes Mental Game Over Federal Way To End Doubleheader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Noah Boatwright called everyone but Noah Ferguson and Brock McMullin into the dugout together to tell them that their one-run second inning was just one bad inning. Boatwright also said go out there to score five more runs there in the third inning as Ferguson singles.  The Dodgers would score three…

Withnell Wins Independence Day Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com RENO, Nev.– Withnell’s Fourth of July fireworks had almost been outdone as they saw Carson rally back Thursday afternoon in their 14-9 victory in the Silver State. It was strange thinking about it. Withnell erupted like a fountain firework after going down 2-0 to the Jays firecracker of a first inning…

Ty The Pitcher

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– It was strange to see McNary-Grad Ty Covalt take to the bump for the second game of Keizer’s doubleheader versus Withnell Monday afternoon. Covalt, who saw a batter in 14U ball on the hill, saw his first action as a pitcher for the Crushers earlier this season as Keizer…