Crescent Valley High found some offense on March 20 when it needed it the most. Lebanon will move forward and try to dig itself out of an early season hole.
CV scored four runs in each of its sixth innings to sweep a Mid-Willamette Conference baseball doubleheader and the teams’ three-game series. Game scores were 6-2 and 8-3.
The Raiders (4-0, 3-0 MWC) broke a 2-2 tie in game one and added some insurance to a 4-3 lead in game two.
The Raiders took advantage of opportunities across the twinbill, and certainly in its two standout innings.
Adam Rappe’s RBI groundout tied the first game at 2-2 in the third inning. It remained knotted for nearly three innings when CV’s Connor Spevacek singled to center, went to second on a fielding error and got home on a throwing error on contact by teammate Hunter Johnson.
Ben Leid’s sacrifice bunt two batters later scored another and Knight’s two-run home run to right-center field made it 6-2.
Taylor Holder started the game on the mound for the Raiders. Johnson pitched three-plus shutout innings for the Raiders, and Logan Riggers closed the door in the seventh to complete the unusual no-hitter.
Lebanon (0-4, 0-3) had 11 baserunners, which included putting their first two batters on base in the sixth and seventh innings but coming up empty.
In game two, Lebanon scored a single run in the fifth to close within 4-3.
A Lebanon error to open the Raiders’ offensive half of the sixth got the Warriors off to a bad start.
A single, three straight walks and a passed ball scored two runs. Spencer Boock’s grounder produced another, and a wild pitch brought home the final run.
Knight got the final seven outs of the game and struck out five. Sawyer Cleveland started the game and struck out six with no walks.
“The one thing that stands out is we’re probably at our low point already. The encouraging thing is better things are ahead,” Warriors coach Jeff Stolsig said. “This team is going to be good. That’s what I’ll tell them today. They’re good. They’ll be good. We’re just not there yet.”
Stolsig said an inability to gets runners home after putting them in scoring position has been something his team has struggled with so far. Lebanon outhit Crescent Valley 7-6 in the second game.
“Missed opportunities put pressure on our pitching and it puts pressure on your defense to be perfect,” the coach said.
Crescent Valley won the first game of the series 4-3 on March 17 after erasing a 3-0 deficit.
Lebanon returns many key pieces from a 2017 team that reached the 5A state quarterfinals.
Aaron Osborne, Kevin Crowell and Cody Johnson each had two hits for Lebanon in game two. Johnson had two RBIs. Johnson and Corbin Anderson each had doubles.
“Today we some guys bust out a little bit in the second game,” Stolsig said. “Kevin’s dialed in, he’s swinging the bat well. Cody had a couple loud contacts. It will be good to get him going.”
Lebanon is in Arizona for the annual Coach Bob Tournament at Copper Canyon High School. The results of the first games were not available by press time.