REDMOND — The Roseburg High baseball team displayed pitching depth, a lineup full of tough outs, and toughness in the clutch.
Most importantly, the Indians came home from their first weekend of action with a 3-0 record.
After an 11-0 rout of McMinnville on Friday at Legion Field, the Indians traveled to Redmond on Saturday and defeated West Salem, 11-1, and Redmond, 13-10 in 11 innings.
Senior shorstop Kody Matthews — a fixture at the bottom of the Roseburg lineup the last two years — was the star of the weekend, going 9-for-12 at the plate in his debut at the cleanup spot.
In Saturday’s opener, Brady Haskett followed Friday starter Brady Fuller’s act by tossing Roseburg’s second straight complete game to start the year. Haskett, a junior right-hander, allowed five hits in front of an errorless defense and hung in there until the Indians scored in the bottom of the fifth inning to trigger the 10-run rule. He struck out three and walked one.
Against Redmond, the Indians trailed 7-1 heading in the sixth inning before hitting the Panthers up for five runs in the frame. Roseburg took an 8-7 lead on Cody Bassett’s two-run single in the seventh before the Panthers tied while down to their last strike.
The Indians got that lead back for good, though, with five runs in the 11th inning, as Kody Matthews got them going with a run-scoring single through the infield.
Cody Watkins came in relief at the start of the sixth inning and went the rest of the way, holding the Panthers to two earned runs to get the win.
The Indians recorded double-digit hit totals in all three of their games. Fuller had two doubles on the day and Tristan Guillen a triple.
Due to inclement weather on the bus ride home, RHS was unable to provide complete statistics to The News-Review before press time.
The Indians are off until next Friday, when they’re scheduled to play a nonleague game at Clackamas.
Roseburg 11 McMinnville 0
Indians coach Troy Thompson said his team wouldn’t be coming into the season with a true No. 1 or No. 2 starting pitcher. Brady Fuller, however, made a strong case for himself in the opener at Legion Field.
Fuller, a junior, threw his first career complete game, conceding four hits in six innings. Though he had just one strikeout, he didn’t issue a walk.
Senior shortstop Kody Matthews went 3-for-3 with two triples and four RBIs. Sophomore catcher David Irvine went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and senior third baseman Cody Bassett added a pair of hits and RBIs.
The Indians, who totaled 11 hits, scored 10 runs in the first three innings and were helped by four McMinnville errors.
McMinnville dropped to 1-2.
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Roseburg 433 01x — 11 11 2