Willamette Valley turned the momentum in its favor with one collision along the first baseline Monday night at Bill Gray Stadium at Legion Field.
Isaiah Molaski laid down a bunt up the line in the top of the sixth inning, then ran through pitcher Will Shaw fielding the ball and attempting the tag. An initial ruling from the plate umpire had Molaski out, but first base umpire Tom Nelson overruled the call and Willamette went on to score three runs in the inning.
The Titans turned that momentum to its advantage and claimed a 4-1 victory followed by a 3-2 win in game two.
“It didn’t help,” said Docs coach Scott Shaver of the play involving Shaw and Molaski. “Honestly, we didn’t hit well enough to win either game. Defensively we did well enough, we got good pitching.”
The Docs managed five hits in each game, with Cody Johnson driving in all three runs. Johnson had an RBI single in the fifth in game one and a two-run single in the sixth of game two; he also had a double and accounted for three of Roseburg’s hits in the twin bill.
“He’s been working on some things,” Shaver said.
The losses to Willamette Valley leave Roseburg at 4-6 overall and 2-4 in Area 4 play.
“Unfortunately those are two games down the road that are going to bite us in the butt,” said Shaver. “We didn’t play badly, we just didn’t do enough to win.”
The Docs don’t play again until Friday night when they face the Eugene Challengers at Sheldon High School, the first game will start at 6 p.m. They will host Eugene on Saturday.
“We’re early still. We had a long conversation last night and we’re where we need to be, we’re getting better every game,” said Shaver. “We’re going to get there. It would have been nice to split or sweep — that was doable — but we didn’t and that’s life, that’s baseball. We need to go on and look forward.”
Shaw and Braxton Beerbohm combined on a six-hitter in game one, while Zack Mandera and Carter Dahl combined on an eight-hitter in game two. Willamette Valley, meanwhile, got complete-game efforts from both of its starters.
“Will did a great job, Braxton Beerbaum came in behind him and did a great job,” Shaver said. “The second game, Zack came in, threw well enough to win, Carter Dahl came in and did the same thing. Defensively we played well enough to win, the thing that we didn’t do was hit, and that’s what cost us.”
Several Docs players were in the hitting cages Tuesday morning before final day of the Dr. Stewart’s Baseball Camp and the team was to practice after the camp ended at noon.
Friday’s doubleheader will be carried by KSKR The Score, 1490-AM, which will also broadcast Oregon State’s College World Series game against either LSU or Florida State at noon that day.
Willamette 000 013 0 — 4 6 3
Dr. Stewarts 000 010 0 — 1 5 2
Bates and Burke; Shaw, Beerbohm (5) and Jacks. WP — Bates; LP — Shaw (1-2)
Willamette 001 002 0 — 3 8 0
Dr. Stewarts 000 002 0 —2 5 2
Thoreson and Crist; Mandera, Dahl (6) and Leischner. WP — Thoreson. LP — Mandera (1-1). 2B — Ramirez (WV), Lucido (DS), Johnson (DS).