West Salem’s Arritola, Hagan Going 4-Year Level

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Here’s an interesting fact.   Pretty astounding thinking about it.  West Salem’s Cameron Hagan and Blake Arritola have been playing together for 15 years, dating back to their days on the Little League sandlots living the baseball dream. They’ve played High School baseball team together with the Titans and followed…

Central’s Mendazona Gearing Up For The Next Chapter

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  California baseball is a whole different animal.  The teams, the players, the competition is on a whole different level down in the Golden State and Central-Grad Peter Mendazona adjusted accordingly over the last two years. Playing at Feather River College in Quincy, California, about 83 miles east of Chico,…

Post 20 Finishes 3rd In Heartbreaking Fashion

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–  The Post 20 Dirtbags have built a program and organization of success over the near-decade the squad has existed in the American Legion Triple-A realm, having only missed the playoffs once over their team history. And for them, to be battling for a spot in the Championship Wednesday…

The K-Machine And Post 20 Advances To Final Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–  Post 20 did what they needed to do to get to Day 5: Win. After their tough 3-2 loss to Eugene on Day 2, the Dirtbags will have an opportunity for revenge against the Challengers Wednesday with the winner playing one-loss Medford for the American Legion Triple-A crown….

Dirtbags Lose Close Bout With Eugene

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–  If anything, this Day 2 game between Post 20 and the Eugene Challengers was probably the game of the tournament eight games in. The 3-2 Challenger victory wouldn’t ‘pop’ like some of the scores posted entering the third day of the American Legion Triple-A State Tournament, but it…

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…

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…

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…

Post 20 Shuts Door On Barbers For Tourney Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.– A Hillsboro Barbers coach said in before the start of the bottom of the fourth, “Tough Game…They’re good” of the Post 20 Dirtbags. The Dirtbags led the Barbers 10-1 at this point after a seven-run second inning and a three-run third inning. It was another demonstration of their bats…

Dirtbag Bats Storm To Life In 14-4 Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.–  It took a while for the bats of the Post 20 Dirtbags to come around Friday afternoon at Swede Johnson Stadium at North Eugene High School in the Papa’s Pizza Invitational. Facing the Washington Rush, the Evergreen State squad were breathing down the neck’s of the Dallas-based team who…

Dirtbags Take Series Over Keizer

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  The Keizer Crushers and their 12 athletes certainly made three of their four-games with Post 20 very competitive this season coming out of the series Tuesday afternoon at Stayton High School. McNary-Grad David Allen and incoming Stayton Junior Danner Salisbury held the bats of the Dirtbags to seven runs…