The Renegades came up one win short of a repeat Sunday.
Dallas denied Roseburg’s Junior State baseball team of a second straight Oregon Division II tournament championship, scoring the winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 3-2 win at Thurston High School in Springfield.
The Renegades, who went 2-1 in the tournament, finished 30-4 on the season under Tim Sustaire.
“That wasn’t our goal (to finish second),” said Sustaire, an assistant baseball coach at Roseburg High during the spring. “But that doesn’t take away from what the kids did this summer. To go 30-4 is incredible. They were a fun group to be around. They put in a lot of hard work ... the coaches worked them hard, they responded and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Roseburg outhit Dallas 7-5, but stranded 10 baserunners and committed four errors.
“Offensively, we struggled,” Sustaire said. “We had multiple opportunities to score some runs, but didn’t get it done. Errors and lack of offense cost us today. I thought Garrett Zeimet did enough (pitching) for us to win.”
Zeimet allowed two hits and no earned runs in five innings, striking out eight and walking three. He was relieved by Jace Stoffal in the sixth and Stoffal took the loss.
Stoffal gave up a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh. The baserunner came home on a throwing error by the Renegades on a sacrifice bunt.
“That was a rough way to end it, but wasn’t the reason we lost the game,” Sustaire said.
Roseburg opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. Dawson Gillespie singled, and Tanner Marlin and Blake Watson followed with bunt singles to load the bases with no out. Clayton Brelage hit into a fielder’s choice and Gillespie was forced out at home.
Caleb Jeffers followed with an RBI single to score Marlin, but that’s all the Renegades would get. A strikeout and popout in foul territory ended the inning.
In the fourth inning, the Renegades scored with two outs to take a 2-1 advantage. Brelage singled, Jeffers was hit by a pitch and Zeimet walked to load the bases. Brelage then came home on a balk and a groundout ended the inning.
Dallas scored one run in the bottom half of the inning to tie it.
Roseburg 010 100 0 — 2 7 4
Dallas 001 100 1 — 3 5 0
Zeimet, Stoffal (6) and Brelage; Cain, Coxen (4) and Gardner. WP — Coxen. LP — Stoffal. 2B — Bateman (D).