OAKRIDGE — With the Big Fir League schedule set to be in full swing starting Tuesday, nonleague play has made an impending arms race look inevitable.
If so, the Riddle High baseball team may be able to hang with anyone.
The Irish pitching staff was impressive again on Friday, allowing just two hits in a 5-1 win against Oakridge.
Erik Rogers started and pitched four innings for the win, which helped the Irish (6-1 overall) jump to No. 3 in the OSAA Class 2A/1A power rankings. AJ Davis was equally strong in relief, tossing three innings of no-hit ball with six strikeouts.
During their current six-game winning streak — which includes a 1-0 league-opening win at Umpqua Valley Christian — the Irish haven given up an average of just two runs per contest.
Riddle broke a 1-all tie for good in the fourth inning when Jase Fuller singled in Rogers, who had singled and stolen second. With two outs, Josh Carpine singled in Fuller to make the score 3-1.
Carpine and Clayton Knous had two hits each against the Warriors, who dropped to 4-4.
The Irish play Tuesday at Reedsport. They’re one of a handful of BFL teams to have posted solid runs-allowed averages early in the season, including league-favorite Oakland (2.00), UVC (3.57), North Douglas (3.75) and Yoncalla (4.33).
Riddle 100 202 0 — 5 8 3
Oakridge 100 000 0 — 1 2 4
Rogers, Davis (5) and Smith, Rogers (5); White, Ivie (7) and Ivie, Christman (7). WP — Rogers. LP — White. 2B — Davis (R).
North Douglas 11-7
Douglas JV 6-6
WINSTON — Despite some control problems on the mound, the Warriors yielded just four hits over the course of the doubleheader and swept to improve to 4-0.
Tracey Doudna pitched four no-hit innings and struck out nine in the opener, also going 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs at the plate. Tanner Aldous helped with two hits, including a double, and four RBIs while Jason Huckins went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs.
Huckins had four more hits in Game 2, which the Warriors won thanks to two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Huckins tallied three RBIs and two runs while Aldous added two hits and Doudna reached base three times.
North Douglas hosts Umpqua Valley Christian in BFL play Tuesday.
North Douglas 302 204 0 — 11 12 3
Douglas JV 000 011 4 — 6 1 5
Doudna, Aldous (5), Dooley (7) and Huckins; Parker and Osborne. WP — Doudna. LP — Parker. 2B — Doudna (ND), Aldous (ND).
North Douglas 300 011 2 — 7 8 2
Douglas JV 302 001 0 — 6 3 4
Dooley, Gilmore (4), Huckins (6) and Black; Osborne and Price. WP — Huckins. LP — Osborne. 2B — Doudna (ND), Huckins (ND), Aldous (ND), Parker (D).
Rogue River 4-3
ROGUE RIVER — DeAndrew Harris drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of Game 1 and the winning run in the seventh inning of Game 2 to give Rogue River a sweep.
In the opener, Harris’ RBI single to right gave the Chieftains (3-4) a 3-2 lead.
The clutch finish supported Rogue River’s Dylan Devish, who struck out 13 in Game 1 and scored the winning run in the nightcap.
In that game, Harris hit a bases-loaded single with one out and the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh.
Will Shaw pitched a complete game in Game 2 for the Eagles and allowed just three runs.
Yoncalla fell to 2-4.
Yoncalla 000 002 1 — 3 6 1
Rogue River 101 002 x — 4 6 0
Anderson, Shaw (6) and Dover; Devish and Harris. WP — Devish. LP — Anderson. 2B — Shaw (Y), Devish (RR), Perston (RR).
Yoncalla 000 200 0 — 2 2 2
Rogue River 020 000 1 — 3 11 2
Shaw and Dover; Roohr and Harris. WP — Roohr. LP — Shaw. 2B — Carpenter (RR).