SUTHERLIN — It didn’t matter much how the Sutherlin Bulldogs achieved their first Far West League sweep. The most important thing to coach Josh Riley was that it put a recent eight-game losing streak that much further behind them.
Freshman Dustin Eakin’s hot bat helped lift the Bulldogs to a 7-3 win over Douglas in the opener, but they needed a little help from the Trojans in Friday’s nightcap for an 11-10 victory.
Eakin had three hits, including two-run singles in the second and third innings in Game 1 to help his brother, senior Ryan Eakin, coast on the mound.
On the verge of a sweep, Sutherlin led 8-4 before allowing Douglas to score six times in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Beau Grauf scorched a two-run, game-tying double to the left-centerfield gap.
That’s when it really got interesting. The next Sutherlin hitter struck out, but a passed ball allowed him to go to first and keep the inning alive. The batter after that, Taler Jensen, hit a routine fly ball to right field that should have been Sutherlin’s third out again.
It didn’t. The ball was misplayed, dropped and allowed Grauf to come home as the winning run, 11-10.
“It wasn’t a great day for us, but we got some help,” Riley said. “It’s nice to get these wins, but we have to get better.”
The wins put the Bulldogs (5-11 overall, 3-3 FWL) in a tie for third place. The Trojans (2-12, 0-6) remain in last.
Grauf went 3-for-5 in Game 2 with a total of four RBIs. Noah Avery (two RBIs), Jace Martineau and Jensen (two walks) had two hits each.
Riley Lavin, Triston Garnett, Brock Koone and KC Perley all had two hits for Douglas in Game 2.
Koone and Brandon Stewart also had a pair apiece in Game 1, but Eakin limited the Trojans to just two others as he struck out nine to minimize the damage of six walks.
Douglas 001 000 2 — 3 6 1
Sutherlin 024 001 x — 7 8 0
Digby, Claughton (3), Osborne (4) and Osborn; R. Eakin and Wy. McKnight. WP — R. Eakin. LP — Digby. 2B — Grauf (S), Jensen (S).
Douglas 100 003 6 — 10 10 1
Sutherlin 700 010 3 — 11 12 1
Jensen, Beerbohm (2), Hoobler (7) and Wy. McKnight, D. Eakin (6); Box, Shaffer (1), Koone (4), Lavin (4), Perley (5), Garnett (7) and Osborne. WP — Hoobler. LP — Garnett. 2B — Garnett (D), Koone (D), Purley (D), Shaffer (D), Grauf (S), Leatherwood (S).
GLENDALE — Freshman Will Shaw had four hits, scored three runs and drove in another to pace the Eagles’ lineup as they won the Big Fir League game handily.
Jalen Walton kept the Pirates at bay with a complete-game performance that included 11 strikeouts. He conceded three singles and three bases on balls.
Zack Van Loon, Dylan Bash and Walton recorded two hits each while Alex Anderson tallied three RBIs for the Eagles (6-8 overall, 3-4 BFL).
Glendale fell to 0-7 and 1-13.
Yoncalla 303 100 1 — 8 13 4
Glendale 100 000 0 — 1 3 1
Walton and Dover; Sams and Moody, Streeter. WP — Walton. LP — Sams. 2B — Ellis (Y).
RIDDLE — The Irish had far more success against UVC pitcher Jake Forrester than any other Big Fir League team this season, but it still wasn’t enough as the Monarchs knocked them out of a tie for first place and took it for themselves.
Forrester still compiled 14 strikeouts in a complete game, but he allowed eight hits and two of Riddle’s runs were earned. Jordan Mesa went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Monarchs (14-4 overall, 6-1 BFL) in their fifth straight win.
Erik Rogers, JR Maglinao and Cory Grizzle all had two hits for the Irish (10-4, 5-2).
UVC 022 010 0 — 5 7 2
Riddle 000 202 0 — 4 8 1
Forrester and Suhrstedt; Davis, Smith (3), Fuller (5), Rogers (7) and Rogers, Smith (7). WP — Forrester. LP — Davis. 2B — Forrester (UVC), Rogers (R).
North Douglas loses two in nonleague
DRAIN — The North Douglas baseball team hosted two nonleague teams and lost to both of them, falling 6-5 to the Cottage Grove JV and 3-0 to Gold Beach.
Tracey Doudna and Tanner Aldous had two hits each for the Warriors (7-5 overall) in Game 1. Cottage Grove’s Zach Thomas also went 2-for-3.
In Game 2, Gold Beach’s Dustin Carter threw a shutout with 10 strikeouts. Doudna also threw a complete game and struck out 12. Just one of the runs charged to him was earned.
At the plate, Doudna went 3-for-3 with a double and John Evoniuk was 2-for-3.
Cottage Grove JV 010 311 0 — 6 5 2
North Douglas 200 300 0 — 5 8 2
Gordon and Thomas; Gilmore, Huckins (3) and Black. WP — Gordon. LP — Huckins. 2B — Aldous (ND), Evoniuk (ND).
Gold Beach 000 021 0 — 3 5 1
North Douglas 000 000 0 — 0 5 1
Carter and Litterell; Doudna and Huckins. WP — Carter. LP — Doudna. 2B — Carter (GB), Hensley (GB), Doudna (ND).