Cole’s Setting A Tone

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.– Central’s Emily Cole came out of her sophomore year with two big statement games, and both came against the two teams who met in the 5A State Final in 2019. Against Dallas, 5A State Runner-Up, Cole held the Dragons to one-hit while striking out 14 Dallas batters April 12,…

Former McKay HC Sanderson Takes Central Job

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  Mr. Intensity is back. After taking a year-off from coaching, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie in Dean Sanderson has returned to the High School realms as the new Head Coach of Central High School after Tim Kreta stepped down a month ago. “I’m looking forward to a new opportunity at…

McCarty’s GymClub Edges Lowery’s Titans For Oregon 7’s Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  McKay’s Northeast Royals 7-on-7 were an execution of a play or two away from possibly forcing overtime against the All-Star cast of GymClub Sunday afternoon at Amity High School.  The only kryptonite for the Royals, playing into GymClub’s benefit down the stretch in their championship victory on this day…

Vandals Set Pace Early Versus Bat Company

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It didn’t ring home until towards the end of the NW Vandals 16U’s 14-0 win over the Bat Company 18-Loiler Saturday night was the uniqueness of the first three batters of BC’s lineup. They were all left-handed batters.  Aliyah Wiltsey (West Salem), Carley Schlag (Sprague) and Peyton Foreman (Central)…

Stayton Sweeps Central At Home

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  The air quality had lowered just enough Friday to proceed with the Salem Baseball Academy’s weekend opener at Stayton High School Saturday morning between Stayton and Central High School. With just enough time to trim the grass after two weeks of it sitting due to the poor air quality…

Vasas, Vandals Over Cole’s Blaze United

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Central’s Emily Cole has continued to prove herself as a work-horse in the circle once more as the Oregon Blaze United 18U squad wrapped up pool play at the Jag Labor Day Classic at Wallace Marine Park in West Salem. When she entered the game against a hard-hitting NW…

Laeng Transfers To Ventura College

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Central-grad Connor Laeng was always the last one to leave for the Central Baseball Club over this summer. A shoulder impingement over the Spring had sidelined the former Panther baseball player, forcing him to withdraw from playing with the Salem Salamanders this summer. But as he healed up, he…

Saturday Round-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Stayton-grad Jared Mitchell threw a complete-game, two-hit, six-strikeout gem against the Olympians of Sprague Saturday as the Bandits won their second of two games at Holland Youth Park 10-0.  Stayton eeked out a 3-2 win over Central in their doubleheader opener, the Panthers Issac White and the Bandits Wyatt…

Old Friends Having Fun

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Is Father Time really undefeated?  Does the old guy still have a trick or two up his sleeve? Through the first four innings of the Titans-Central game, six if the seven runs came from one of each squad’s alumnus as West led 5-2 over the Panthers. Noah Juarez, on his way…

Gherkins Pitchers Combined For 14K’s In Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  The Portland Gherkins may have found a perfect combinations of pitchers in the Wild Wild West League Sunday. The trio of Cameron Hagan (West Salem), Kaleb Kantola (Central) and Carl Rumbaugh (McNary) combined for 14 strikeouts against the Gresham GreyWolves at Bob Brack Stadium in the Gherkins 5-4 win…

Bateman, Central Grabs Win Over Boyles Bandits

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  For the first three-and-a-half innings of Tuesday’s Central and Stayton Bandits game, there was only one hit in the Panthers 6-3 victory at Holland Youth Park.  The hit came from a double by Cameron Ordway in the bottom of the first inning. It was 1-0 going into the fifth,…

New Faces Help Gherkins To First-Ever Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  It was one of those type of games in which something good was bound to happen. In a tough start to the season for the Portland Gherkins, who enter their Friday afternoon game with the Gresham Greywolves 0-3, it hasn’t been necessarily smooth sailings down 4-3 to the ‘Wolves…