EAGLE POINT — The Roseburg High School baseball team salvaged a split after a disappointing start to a doubleheader against Eagle Point on Saturday afternoon.
A number of errors in Game 1 helped lead the Eagles to a 7-6 walk-off victory. Roseburg bounced back for a 11-1 win in five innings in Game 2.
“Game 1 was certainly frustrating. We put ourselves in position to get a win, unfortunately we didn’t,” Roseburg coach Troy Thompson said. “In the seventh there, the wheels fell off a little bit for us and Eagle Point did enough to win the ballgame. Credit to them.”
Roseburg (6-3) overcame an early 1-0 deficit in the opener and took a 5-2 lead through 3 1/2 innings.
Eagle Point wasn’t flustered by the deficit and scored three times in the fourth inning off of Roseburg starter Garrett Zeimet to tie the game at 5-5.
The game remained tied heading to the seventh inning. Roseburg put a run on the board thanks to a bases-loaded walk for Dawson Gillespie, but the one-run lead didn’t last.
Eagle Point (2-7) committed two quick outs to begin its final at bats, but a walk and a single kept the Eagles’ hopes alive. Kellen Rapp hit a grounder to Gillespie at shortstop, but the throw to first was offline and allowed the game-tying run to score.
Roseburg made a pitching change and intentionally loaded the bases with the hopes of forcing extra innings, but Dominic Tatone walked Dexter Jones to bring in the game-winning run.
Roseburg bounced back in Game 2 behind a complete-game performance from sophomore Evan Corbin. The right-hander allowed just three hits to the Eagles and RHS put the game away with an eight-run fifth inning the prompted the 10-run rule.
“Corban (was) very good on the mound again. He’s put together several good starts in a row and has done a good job of holding our opponents down and giving our offense a chance to get going,” Thompson said.
Roseburg had 10 hits in the nightcap, including four doubles. Knox Hubbard had one of the two-baggers and finished 2-for-4 in the game with three RBIs.
Roseburg will be on the road again on Tuesday when it travels to Anhorn Field in Central Point to face Crater.
Zeimet, Klopfenstein (5), Tatone (7) and Hubbard; Lund, Fazio (7) and K. Rapp. W — Fazio. L — Klopfenstein. 2B — Hubbard (R), Watson (R), Gillespie (R).
Corbin and Hubbard; Marsh, Dole (5), Uribe (5) and K. Rapp, Hammer. W — Corbin. L — Marsh. 2B — Gillespie (R), Hubbard (R), Watson (R), Klopfenstein (R), Jones (E).