Corvallis had a big second inning to help it to a 10-2 victory over Salem in Monday’s American Legion baseball AAA state tournament game at Bill Gray Stadium at Legion Field.
The Salem Whitnell Dodgers held a 1-0 lead after one inning, but couldn’t overcome the six runs scored by the Gerding Builders Marketmen in the top of the second.
A triple to left field by catcher Logan Williams scored James Anderson to start the scoring spree by the Marketmen. Williams came home on a single by Nolan Jackson.
Salem pitcher Mike Soper — who took the loss for the Dodgers — then walked Roy Williams, allowed a single to Ryan Hall and walked Franklin Leonard and Sean Little. Jackson and Roy Williams were able to score on the final two walks.
Jacob Winstead then came in for Soper and on his third pitch in the game Corvallis’ Azel Bumpus hit a two-run single to left field to score the final two runs of the inning.
“We stuck to our approach looking for strikes and getting ahead in the count, and then put the ball in play,” Corvallis coach Evan Hilberg said. “Logan came out with that big triple that started the momentum and then we got some more guys on base and a couple hits with guys allows us to score more easily and we picked up some momentum there.”
Corvallis extended its lead even more in the fourth inning with two runs.
Salem scored its final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Reyes Rodriguez, which scored Cameron Kahllhoff.
Salem’s Reyes Rodriguez was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Justin Doyle pitched the entire game for the Marketmen.
“It’s good to be able to come out on top. (Sunday) we had a really rough day. We got down early and just weren’t able to come back from it,” Doyle said. “But (Monday) ... coming out and scoring six runs in the second inning by our offense is a really, really big deal. It makes you relaxed as a pitcher.”
Doyle allowed five hits and two runs, while striking out six in 102 pitches.
“I like to be able to go start to finish,” he said. “You get a little tired, especially in those middle innings, but being able to mentally stay there and refocus is a great feeling.”
Doyle described himself as a surprisingly effective pitcher who doesn’t throw very fast (low 70s), but is able to throw a lot of different speeds and works the zone.
“I’ve got to have a defense behind me and these guys have done awesome,” he said. “The ball is going to be put in play. I’m not a big strikeout guy, so they’re going to hit the ball.”
Corvallis scored one run in both the sixth and seventh inning, and committed no errors in the game.
Little hit 2-for-3 and Hall was 2-for-4 for the Marketmen.
This was Salem’s second loss in the tournament, which means it’s eliminated from the tournament.
Corvallis will play defending champion Medford, which is unbeaten in the tournament, at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
“We’ve played everyone who’s left and two of them are in our league, so we’re familiar with the teams that are left in the tournament,” Hilberg said. “It’s fun to play them again and good to know that three of the top four teams left are from our league. That shows how strong our league was throughout the year.”
The Marketmen have faced Medford.
“It’s nice, but it’s also hinders a little because they’ve seen you,” Doyle said. “Every team that’s still in right now we’ve played and beat, but we’ve also played and lost to them. So we at least know what to expect when we go into the games and we’ll have a fire to go at it.”
Corvallis 060 201 1 — 10 11 0
Salem 100 010 0 — 2 5 1
Doyle and L. Williams; Soper, Winstead (1), DeLoretto (7) and Rodriguez. WP — Doyle. LP — Soper. 2B — Anderson (C). 3B — Williams (C).
Hitting — Cor. 11-30 (Little 2-3, Bumpus 1-5, Carley 1-4, Anderson 1-2, L. Williams 1-3, Jackson 1-4, R. Williams 1-3, Hall 2-4, Leonard 1-2), Salem 5-26 (Ferguson 0-3, Mcalister 0-1, Doten 0-1, Bray 0-0, Long 0-3 Webster 0-1, Rodriguez 2-4, Culpepper 1-2, Sorensen 1-2, DeLoretto 0-3, Doten 0-3, Kallhoff 1-3). RBIs — Cor. 10 (Williams, Carley, Little 2, Jackson, Bumpus 2, Leonard, Anderson 2); Salem 2 (Culpepper, Rodriguez).