LONGEST TENURED MANAGER REESE RETIRES

Mike Reese who has served more years as Head Coach-Manager of the Grants Pass Nuggets American Legion baseball program than any other coach in the history of the program announced his retirement November 19, 2018.


Reese, is the winningest baseball coach ever in Josephine County among all area high school, Legion and Independent teams. 


The 1977 Grants Pass graduate led the GP legion 'AAA' team to three Oregon State Runnerup finishes (1988, 2013, 2016) during his 5 stints as Manager since the mid 1980's.


"I've been very fortunate to have coached with some of the best coaches in the game period, and to coach against the best. And, I've been lucky to teach and mentor some great players along the way"


Reese who has over 900 career wins combined as a Legion and High School Head Coach adds, "I've dedicated my entire life to baseball in this town, and it's time for somebody else to take the lead."


The Legion Hall of Famer plans to serve as an Assistant Coach next spring on Mark Vidlak's staff at Hidden Valley High School (4A-Skyline Conf.).


Reese most recently led the Nuggets to a second-place (10-10/26-19) finish in 'Area-4' League play in 2018, but were eliminated in the Super Regional playoffs.


He was a member of the 1977 GPHS team that finished OSAA State runner-up. At age 14 he caught his first 'AAA' legion game for the then nicknamed GP Mock Ford Broncos team. 


Reese played collegiately in San Diego, and played under contract in Perth, Australia. In addition, he played for the Grants Pass Thunderbirds, twice a Regional Semi-Pro Champion. 


He has coached at North Valley, Hidden Valley, and also at Grants Pass High School.  


"I'm grateful to the Legion Board of Directors over the years, and to all the sponsors who supported our efforts along the way."





NEWS FROM AROUND THE 'FIELDS'

Drive a little, Save alot at FIELD'S ACE HOME CENTER-Murphy

CLICK HERE FOR FIELD'S WEBSITE

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

Williamsport, PA

HAWAII in U.S. Championship Game & South Korea in International Title game, both Saturday, Aug. 25th


https://twitter.com/littleleague

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

LEGION WORLD SERIES NEWS

DELAWARE WALKS OFF WITH TITLE

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

VEGAS IN TITLE GAME FOR 3RD TIME

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

DELAWARE REACHES TITLE GAME

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

LOUISIANA OFF TO 2-0 START; DAY 3 POOL PLAY SATURDAY

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

2 TEAMS RETURN TO WORLD SERIES

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MEDFORD BOWS OUT EARLY IN REGIONAL

YAKIMA STEALS 4-3 WIN FROM MEDFORD

CLICK TO READ MORE

NATIONAL LEGION OFFICE ISSUES STATEMENT ON MEDFORD APPEAL

NO WORD STILL FROM STATE LEGION OFFICIALS:ALBANY CLAIMS FULL DISCLOSURE

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ALBANY DEMOCRAT

NOT SO FAST: MEDFORD AWARDED TITLE ON PROTEST

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE

ALBANY WINS OREGON CHAMPIONSHIP

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

STATE TOURNAMENT NEWS

MEDFORD WILL PLAY FOR TITLE, AGAIN

CORVALLIS HANDS MEDFORD FIRST LOSS

MEDFORD UNBEATEN

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

CORVALLIS, ALBANY & DALLAS FACE ELIMINATION

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MID-VALLEY LOSES TO MEDFORD 'SOUTHPAW'

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MEDFORD AIMING FOR 5TH STRAIGHT TITLE

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

THE PLAYOFFS

SALEM ENDS NUGGETS SEASON WITH PLAYOFF SWEEEP

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

KLAMATH FALLS OUSTED IN SUPER REGIONALS AT BEAVERTON

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

EUGENE FALLS SHORT IN PLAYOFF SERIES AT CORVALLIS

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

PLAYOFF MATCHUPS, DATES-TIMES ARE SET

CLICK HERE TO SEE PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

NUGGETS SWEEP 4 FROM TITANS:KFALLS & EUGENE SPLIT TO EARN PLAYOFF SPOTS

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MEDFORD CLINCHES LEAGUE TITLE

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

NUGGETS DOUBLE UP FALCONS;RASICA SPINS SHUTOUT WIN FOR KFALLS

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MEDFORD CLINCHES #1 SEED WITH SWEEP AT EUGENE

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

DOCS SPLIT AT WILLAMETTE VALLEY; MAINTAIN 2nd PLACE

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

PLAYOFFS HEATING UP....

FALCONS SWEEP GP ON NUGGETS DIAMOND

Wade Schluter with complete game win on mound for Falcons in Game-1 of sweep

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

EUGENE GETS SPLIT AT MEDFORD

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MEDFORD IN DRIVERS SEAT

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

DOCS TAKE OVER 2ND PLACE BLOCKING LEAGUE

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

NUGGETS ENSHRINE NEW WALL OF FAME MEMBERS

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MORE 'AREA-4' NEWS

NUGGETS SPLIT:MUSTANGS & DOCS SWEEP

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

GLENN REESE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

THE OZZIES FROM PERTH VISIT GP TONIGHT

The Perth Heat Colts from Australia visit The All Sports Park tonight to play the Grants Pass Nuggets American Legion team in a single 9-inning exhibition at 6p.


The Colts have made the trip to the Rogue Valley for a few years and visiting other ball parks in upstate Oregon and Washington.


The Perth Heat is the parent club to the Junior Colts touring team as part of the ABL-Australian Baseball League.


Former Heat Pitcher Steve Fisher who once pitched for the Humboldt Crabs 22 years ago leads the organization, and has had a relationship with Nuggets Head Coach Mike Reese forging the annual meeting.


The Colts will also face Eugene at the All Sports Park Friday, July 13th at 12p, and will play Medford, and Roseburg before leaving the states.


As our local teams are in the heat of the League battle in July, it is the off-season  in the land down-under, and Australian teams and players prepare for their 'spring training' in September.


For more information on baseball in Australia, visit The Australian Baseball League.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

MEDFORD QUIETS NUGGETS IN SWEEP AT GP

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

TITANS WIN SERIES VS KFALLS

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

EUGENE ANSWERS WITH SWEEP OF DOCS

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

NUGGETS GET 'THE SPLIT' AT MEDFORD

ALLISON & NUGGETS BEAT MEDFORD 6-3; MUSTANGS BLANK GP IN NIGHTCAP, 10-0

CLICK here TO READ STORY

RENO TOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

CAMERON ALLISON

TRAE FRODGE

NUGGETS POUND SPARKS HS, 17-5 MONDAY NIGHT

NUGGETS FANS IN RENO

BENNETT RODGERS

CADE KISSEL

NUGGETS  RALLY BEHIND ZAVOLTA GAME-WINNING RBI TO BEAT SIERRA SUN DEVILS  6-5 (9) ON SUNDAY

KOLBY DINKEL

NUGGETS 2-1 IN RENO TOURNEY; 4 GAMES LEFT

The Grants Pass Nuggets

The Grants Pass Nuggets are playing 9 of their last 11 games on the road, and still have 4 more outside the friendly confines of the All-Sports Park.


The Nuggets are in Reno through July 3rd competing in a 14-team 5-day Tournament featuring 3 local Reno teams, and 3 from 'Area-4' in Oregon, plus the Salem Dodgers, and the rest from California.


Grants Pass opened the Tourney smashing NBO, 18-0 in Carson City, but were shutout in the Friday nightcap losing 5-0 to Carson City HS.


Saturday, the Nuggets who are staying in Reno, traveled just 10 minutes from the team hotel to take on Yuba City at Reed HS in Sparks.


GP defeated Yuba City, 16-10 in 6-innings to improve to 14-and-7 overall.


The win caps the month of June as the Nuggets jump back in to the meat of the League play Thursday at 15-time Oregon state Champion Medford, who is in the Reno Tourney.


After 10-straight road games, the Nuggets finally land back home Saturday, June 7th to host Medford on 'Hall of Fame' night.


GP faces Sierra Sun Devils, CA Sunday at 2pm in pool play and would guarantee them a seeding game Tuesday.



HOW SWEET IT IS BEAVERS WIN NATIONAL TITLE

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

BEAVER FEVER OUTBREAK STATEWIDE WITH BASEBALL TITLE

CLICK TO SEE OREGON LIVE PIC GALLERY

SOUTH MEDFORD HIRES NEW BASEBALL COACH

South Medford HS has hired a new baseball coach, and it is Josh Moody who comes from Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Moody has a pitching background and his resume includes a collegiate playing career at Western Nevada Junior, and Arizona State University in 2010 and 2011.


He led Western Nevada to the (JUCO) Junior College World Series in 2009.


He was a 29th round selection in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.


Moody replacea Ray Smith, who had been on administrative leave since May.



MEDFORD SWEEPS FALCONS IN REMATCH

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

ANOTHER COMEBACK WIN IN OMAHA; BEAVERS V BACKS FOR TITLE

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

ROSEBURG RETURNS THE FAVOR WITH SWEEP OF GP

We baseball fans in southern Oregon have heard it before, but summer American Legion Baseball in 'Area-4' is a real dogfight, and will push teams to the limit.


The 20-game regular season schedule for the League Title, and Super Regional playoff placement, is underway and every team has both barrels loaded and pointed at each other.


Wednesday night in Roseburg, on a cooler than normal, and overcast day with an 8mph wind from the North, the Doc Stewarts swept Grants Pass 13-2 & 6-2.


The Docs returned the favor from being swept in Grants Pass Tuesday night.


The Nuggets ended their 5-game win streak, and did not play well defensively in the first four league games.


GP has committed 12 errors to start League play, and is 2-2/12-6 heading to a tournament in Reno to play 7-games in 5-days.


"We're not going to win if we can't take care of the baseball." Said Nuggets Manager Mike Reese.


The Nuggets pitching staff gave up 38-hits against Roseburg in the back-to-back series. 


But, the bright side is the Nuggets started Sebasten Boivin Tuesday for 2-innings of work as he comes off an ailment.


And, Tyler Rund was one out away from a complete-game victory, but looked strong in the win in his first start.


Cade Kissell started game-2 in Roseburg Wednesday and went the distance taking a 6-2 loss, but only gave up 6 hits while striking out 5.


"Kissell pitched very well and went long and showed us he will be tough to beat from here on out." Added Reese.


However, Cade King was knocked out of game-1 in Roseburg early, and Nate Morgan finished it.


But, the combo of Rund, Boivin, Kissell, King, and Morgan with Bastendorff and Allison taking some starts in Reno, and GP could come back from Nevada a very solid club.


Reese further said, "I like our club alot, and love failure then you get to see who can gut it up and come back with fire in their eye."


Grants Pass opens the Reno Tourney Friday at 5pm vs NBO at Carson City HS. Then they take on Carson City HS at 730p.


The Nuggets return to league play visiting the Medford Mustangs Thursday, July 5th at Harry & David Field at 6p.


Medford visits the All-Sports Park on July 7th for 'Hall of Fame' Induction night at 6p



WATCH NUGGETS TV REPLAYS HERE

NUGGETS SWEEP ROSEBURG TO OPEN LEAGUE

 

NUGGETS win their 5TH straight and command the sweep to begin Area-4 command  downing Roseburg Doc Stewarts 15-8 & 9-5.


Tyler Rund  (pictured above) got the win in Game-1 and came within one-out of a complete game win. 

 

Nate Morgan with the 2-RBI game-wining Single in bottom of the 4th to lead Nuggets to the win. 


Josh Robbins blasted a 3-run Triple in the bottom of 6th to secure the League opening win.


Under the Lights, in the night cap...Grants Pass led 4-zip early, but Docs tied it in the top-half of the 4th, 4-4. The Nuggets kept working the bats and added 5-more runs to sweep.


Pitcher Sebastian Boivin made his first appearance of the season on the mound, and the 2017 Crater graduate who last year crafted a 9-1 record, worked the first two-innings of scoreless ball. Nate Morgan and Kolton Fisher finished it off.


The Nuggets finish the 4-game series in Roseburg Wednesday at 5pm, then travel south to Reno for a 14-team tournament and playing 7-games.


Game-1

GP   15-11-3

Docs  8-11-2


Game-2

GP    9-8-2

Docs 5-5-1

FALCONS GET EVEN WITH MEDFORD

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

NUGGETS FINAL TUNE-UP FOR 'AREA-4' HOME OPENER VS DOCS

For the first time this summer, the Grants Pass Nuggets had their entire 15-man Roster together in a warm-up before they kickoff  the 'Area-4' American Legion 20-game regular season.


The Nuggets are off to a 10-4 start having won 3-straight and claiming the Lake Oswego Tournament Sunday outscoring opponents, 33-6 and chalking up a 4-1 record.


"I think Medford is always there, and you gotta beat Medford, you gotta beat them at home, and gotta find a way to win when you go there."  said Brian Diatte, Nuggets Associate Head Coach.


Grants Pass finished League runnerup to eventual State Champion Medford, by just 1-game with a 15-5 mark, and 26-16 overall.


Diatte exclaims, "the league is a dog fight, so you gotta figure out ways to win at home and go out on the road and get one."


The Nuggets bowed out in the 3rd round of the State Tournament last August.


Monday Night at Agnew-Lytle Field, the Nuggets enjoyed a team workout as they prepare to host the Roseburg Doc Stewarts (8-6) who visit the climate city having won their last three games, also.


"The most important thing for us defensively against Roseburg is always keeping the double-play in order. Gotta block the ball behind the plate, and throw out runners. Do those things and we throw strikes, I think we're gunna win alot of ball games." Added Diatte, who recently stepped down after 9-years as Grants Pass HS head coach.


Gates open at 5pm, and the doubleheader starts at 6pm. Tickets are just $3 for Adults and $2 Seniors & Students.


The Nuggets head to Reno and Carson City for a 7-game, 14-team, 5-day tournament June 29th through July 3rd, then return home to host the 15-time Oregon State Champion Medford Mustangs July 5th at the All-Sports Park.





COLLEGE WORLD SERIES PUSHED BACK TO TUESDAY START GAME-1: LIGHTNING

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

NUGGETS CAPTURE LAKE OSWEGO TOURNEY TITLE

Playing there 4th game in 4-days, and on the road for their first extended road trip of the season outside Portland, the Grants Pass Nuggets elevated their game heading into League Play which begins Tuesday.


The Nuggets (10-4) thumped La Grande Sunday, 12-1, to win the 8-team Lake Oswego Tournament which featured host Lake Oswego, Tualatin, and 4-A State Runnerup, La Grande.


GP finished 3-1 with an opening loss to Tigard, and beating Barlow, Canby, and in Beaver-type fashion outscoring opponents, 33-6.


Grants Pass came out loud with 7 runs in the first inning, and pushing across two more runners in the 2nd frame, to lead 9-zip.


Grants Pass did all this, gaining much-needed experience, without the services of 3 starters, and 3 other significant role players on the lineup card today.


Crater state Champion, Trae Frodge was out, as was 2017 Crater grad Sebastian Boivin. 


And, Nick Bastendorff who led the Comets with Frodge to the 5A Title June 2nd was participating the honor of being selected to play in the 'State vs Metro' 5A-6A All-Star game at OSU.


In addition, All-Southwest Conference outfielder Tyler Rund of Grants Pass HS has missed the last 4 games.


Then, add in bumps and bruises to three other players coming off a 30-game prep schedule, and it would have been easy to find an excuse why they couldn't end a tiny 3-game losing skid.


It seems the other 9-10 players made a big statement pulling together as a team, accepting a challenge, making no excuses, going on the road, and taking on unseen 6A teams, and a solid 4A program in La Grande. 


And, winning the Tournament Title.


On Tuesday, Rund, Bastendorff,  Frodge will be on the lineup card, most certainly, and Boivin who was an 8-game winner in 2017 will begin throwing.


Area-4 League play opens for the Nuggets hosting Roseburg (8-6) Doc Stewarts who have put together 3 wins in a row in the Willamette Classic over the weekend. 


Grants Pass vs. Roseburg, Tuesday, June 16th at 6pm at the All-Sports Park.


Then, both clubs meet the following night in Roseburg at 5pm at Legion Field, Bill Gray Field.


You can hear all 4 games Live radio with KSKR-CBS Sports Radio 1490-AM with Joey Keeran, and also still video.


In addition, you can watch Live Streaming Video with 'HVTV1' Tuesday at 8p, and both games Wednesday at 5pm in Roseburg on www.gpnuggets.com

NUGGETS DROP 3RD STRAIGHT TO OPEN L-O TOURNEY

The Grants Pass Nuggets opened the Lake Oswego 8-team tournament Thursday and starting Pitcher Nate Morgan gave up 2-runs in the first frame to Tigard, who took an early 3-0.


The Nuggets got on the board with their only run in the bottom of the 2nd-inning, and trailed 3-1 as reliever Cameron Allison came in to try and hold the Tigers.


Tigard plated another run in the top of the 4th, and scratched another run across in the 7th to beat Grants Pass, 5-1.


Tigard struck out 10 of the game's 21 outs holding the Nuggets to just 1-run.


It's the third straight loss for the Nuggets who meet Barlow Friday at 1230pm in day-2 of pool play. in Lake Oswego.


Outfielder Tyler Rund, lead Pitcher Sebastian Boivin, and infielder Trae Frodge all are not with the team, and will rejoin the Roster Tuesday.

NUGGETS TAKE FIRST EXTENDED ROAD TRIP

The Grants Pass Nuggets hit the road for an extended road trip participating in the Lake Oswego Tournament Thursday, June 21st through Sunday the 24th.


The Nuggets who have played only one game away from the friendly confines of Agnew-Lytle Field take a 7-3 overall record north and will play 4-games in 4-days as the final tune-up before 'Area-4' League play begins Tuesday night hosting Roseburg Doc Stewarts.


GP will open the Lake Oswego Tourney facing perennial power Tigard Thursday at 530p. 


Tigard finished 5th place this spring in the Three Rivers League with an 18-10 record, and were knocked out of the Playoffs in the 1st round by Sprague, 9-0.


Friday, the Nuggets meet Barlow at 1230p. Canby was 6th place behind Tigard in league play.


On Saturday at 1130a, Grants Pass plays Barlow. The Bruins finished 4th place in the Mt. Hood Conference 15-13. Tualatin beat Barlow in the Playoffs, 4-1.


Sunday's game and time will be determined by the outcome of 'Pool Play' in the Tournament. Other teams competing in the LO Tourney are host Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Camas, WA, and La Grande who lost the OSAA 4A Title game to Gladstone, 3-2.


The teams GP play are not affiliated with American Legion, rather play in the OIBA-Oregon Independent Baseball Association which essentially is a Prep summer League.


Check back each evening for game scores, and results.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

CHALLENGERS & WILLAMETTE VALLEY SPLIT...AGAIN

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

AMAZING COMEBACK WIN FOR BEAVERS

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

FALCONS 6-3 WITH WIN WEDNESDAY

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

EUGENE & TITANS SPLIT AREA-4 OPENER

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

NUGGETS FACE LA GRANDE SUNDAY L-O TOURNEY TITLE

The Grants Pass Nuggets have come back with fire in their eyes, and bellies as they blanked Canby Saturday, 8-0, in the 8-team Lake Oswego Tournament.


The Nuggets shutdown Barlow Friday, 12-0 to end a 3-game losing skid.


Saturday, Crater graduate and 5A State Champion, Nick Bastendorff, (pictured above) threw the first 3-scoreless innings facing the Cougars, then Hidden Valley 2017 graduate Cade Kissel followed with the next three scoreless frames, and Grants Pass graduate Nate Morgan closed the door in the 7th.


Grants Pass improves to 9-4 overall and will face La Grande for the Lake Oswego Tournament Championship Sunday at 1220pm.


GP won their pool division by virtue of runs allowed breaking a 2-1 pool record with both Tigard, and Canby.


The Nuggets plated 8-runs on 11-hits and defensively only had 1-error.


GP meets La Grande for the Tournament Championship. La Grande's High School Team finished State Runner-up in the '4A' division.


The Nuggets will be shorthanded Sunday, however, with Nick Bastendorff out as he is competing in the 'State vs. Metro' Prep All-Star Series at OSU.


Tyler Rund, Trae Frodge, and Sabastian Boivin rejoin the team Tuesday.


Koton Fisher, Vince DiMatteo, and Hunter Grant all are nursing minor injuries and are not expected to play.


The club returns home from the 4-day trip to open 'Area-4' League play Tuesday, June 26th hosting Roseburg Doc Stewarts at The All Sports Park in a doubleheader at 6p.



BEAVERS WILL PLAY FOR NCAA TITLE MONDAY

CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO

MEDFORD WINS 7TH STRAIGHT

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

BEAVS PLAY FOR BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

NUGGETS BOUNCE BACK WITH 12-0 WIN

Returning veteran Nugget players OF Vince Zavolta and 2B Nick Bastendorff each smashed run-scoring Home Runs early pushing Grants Pass out to a 12-0 lead over Barlow today in the Lake Oswego Tournament.


GP never surrendered that lead and close out Barlow beating the Bruins in 5-innnings, 12-0.


Zavolta hit a 2-run shot in the opening frame, and Bass belted a 3-run dinger in the 2nd.


Cade Kissel cleaned the bases with a Triple in the 4th to seal the deal and wake up the Nuggets rather layed-back quiet style.


Cade King (pictured above) threw a 2-hit shutout while fanning 7 batters helping the Nuggets snap a 3-game losing skid.


Grants Pass, 8-4, meets Canby Saturday at 1130a in the third and final day of pool-play, then will await a seeding game Sunday.


League Play begins Tuesday night, June 26th at The All-Sports Park vs. Roseburg Docs at 6p.

 (Credit Mr. Dinkel)




OLD COACHING FRIENDS MEET IN OMAHA TODAY

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

DOCS HAVE BIG SATURDAY WITH PAIR OF WINS

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

.

REGIONAL BASEBALL NEWS

6/19 CENTRALIA GETS LAST WORD IN 9-8 WIN OVER GP

GRANTS PASS DAILY COURIER

 

Grants Pass ended a nine-game homestand with a 9-8 loss to Centralia, Washington Monday at Agnew-Lytle Field in a nonleague American Legion Triple-A matchup.


The Nuggets (7-3) gave up a solo homer in the top half of the seventh inning, which broke the 8-8 tie.


Grants Pass came up in the bottom half of the inning, but went down in order to end the game.


Nick Bastendorff led the Nuggets on offense, collecting three hits. Kolton Fisher hit an RBI double and scored a run and Kolby Dinkel and Bennett Rodgers each added two hits and an RBI.


With the homestand over, the Nuggets travel to the Lake Oswego Tournament where they will open play Friday.

SEE BASTENDORFF SINGLE CLICK HERE

6/18 BEAVS WEATHER LONG DELAY TO OUSTS HUSKIES IN OMAHA

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

6/17 KESSLER TOSSES ONE-HITTER TO BEAT EUGENE

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

6/16 EUGENE ENDS DOCS WIN STREAK

 

The Dr. Stewart’s American Legion baseball team saw its five-game winning streak end with a 6-2 loss to the Eugene Challengers in the Grant Smith Wood Bat Tournament on Saturday night at Swede Johnson Stadium in Eugene.

The Challengers (6-0) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a four-run advantage and shut out the Docs (5-2) in the seventh.

“I was happy about the day,” said Dr. Stewart’s coach Scott Shaver, whose club defeated Vancouver 3-2 earlier Saturday.

Kyle Lund led Eugene at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Lucas Jackson doubled and scored two runs.

Brody Black was 2-for-3 for Dr. Stewart’s. Garrett Russell, Luke Lucido, Zack Mandera and Cody Johnson had hits. Russell extended his hitting streak to six games.

The Docs used two pitchers in the contest. Payton Hope took the loss, allowing six hits and three runs with two strikeouts and two walks over four innings. Drake Borschowa hurled the final two frames.

Prestin White got the decision for the Challengers, giving up three hits and no earned runs over five innings.

Dr. Stewart’s will play another Vancouver team, the Cardinals, at 2 p.m. today. J≠≠ace Stoffal will start on the mound.

Dr. Stewart’s 002 000 0 — 2 6 0

Eugene 002 103 x — 6 7 3

Hope, Borschowa (5) and Holland, G. Burke (5); White, Crowson (6) and Updegrave. WP — White. LP — Hope. 2B — Jackson (E), Lund (E).

Hits — Docs 6 (Black 2, Russell, Lucido, Mandera, Johnson), Eugene 7 (Lund 3, Wilkinson, Bracy, Updegrave, Jackson).

RBIs — Docs 2 (Lucido, Black), Eugene 5 (Lund 3, Bracy, Lavassaur).

Sports Editor Tom Eggers can be reached at 541-957-4220 or email teggers@nrtoday.com.


6/16 BEAVERS FALL TO TAR HEELS, 8-6 IN CWS OPENER

CLICK HERE FOR STORY & BOX SCORE

6/16 HUSKIES BLANKED 1-0 IN OMAHA

CLICK HERE FOR STORY & BOX SCORE

6/16 SALEM BLASTS FALCONS AT KIGER

CLICK HERE TO READ STORY

BASEBALL NEWS IN THE REGION

6/15 CHALLENGERS REMAIN UNBEATEN

EUGENE REGISTER GUARD 


The Eugene Challengers’ American Legion baseball team scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning Friday for an 8-3 win over the Vancouver Mavericks in the Grant Smith Wood Bat Tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.


With the scored tied at 2-2 entering the eighth inning, the Challengers loaded the bases with two hit batters and a walk before Peyton Bracey hit a two-run double to give Eugene (5-0) the lead for good.


Charlie Updegrave followed with a run-scoring single and by the time the half-inning ended, Eugene had a commanding 8-2 lead.


Bracey finished with three RBIs. Kyle Lund was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Updegrave was 2-for-4, and three Challengers pitchers combined for no walks and five strikeouts.


Eugene will complete pool play in the tournament with a 7 p.m. game Saturday against Doc Stewarts.

7TH WORLD SERIES TRIP FOR OREGON STATE

OREGON STATE BASEBALL REPORT


file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/180616_Oregon_State_vs_North_Carolina_Notes.pdf

CLICK FOR BEAVERS CWS STORY

6/14 FALCONS HAND MEDFORD 2ND STRAIGHT LOSS

KLAMATH FALLS HERALD & NEWS 


The Klamath Falls Falcons earned an inspiring 12-5 victory against four-time defending Oregon state American Legion champion Medford.


It has been several seasons since the Falcons have beat the Mustangs, and they fell in their season opener in Medford last week, 14-8.


After giving up five runs and taking a loss to Grants Pass last week, Falcons pitcher Jeff Hudson was eager to make up for his performance.


Hudson allowed just one hit before he was replaced by Heith Rasica in the sixth inning.


Hudson allowed no earned runs, though Medford scored in the fourth inning after an errant throw by Bill Miller to Andrew Reynolds at second base that scored Zac Ankeny.


“This means a lot because they are a solid ball club and have been playing well for all these years,” Hudson. 


“They have had a great reputation and we kind of have to get ours back. Today, I think we got back a little bit. I had trouble at the start of the year but got it fixed and threw decent tonight.”


The bases were loaded in the top fourth inning, but Hudson calmly struck out the last two batters to avoid damage. 


He ended with seven strike outs overall.

Hudson had already been familiar with the Mustangs batters after he threw two innings in the season opener, and did not allow any runs.


After Kyle Hadwick started the game hot with RBI doubles in the first and third innings, Hayden Rasica took control. 


Rasica sent a ball over the leftfield fence for a home run that helped give the Falcons a 6-1 lead in the bottom fifth.


Klamath Falls added five more runs, which included a two-RBI single by McCrea Hamilton.


Two errors by the Mustangs in the inning also led to two runs scored by the Falcons and led, 11-1.


Medford added two runs each in the seventh and ninth, but the Falcons lead was too difficult to overcome.


Rasica’s home run was his first as a Falcon.

“I think the home run came at a great moment and was actually pretty cool to see it happen,” Rasica said. 


“It boosted our team up. They beat us every year and this is just a great momentum push. We have a lot of talent and I think we will be a really good team as the season goes.”


“Having Heith and I back on the team is great, but everyone on this team contributes very well,” Hayden Rasica said


Along with Hadwick, Josh Hamilton, Blake Loney, Miller (two doubles) and Rasica (added a double) all finished with two hits.


jaguilar@heraldandnews.com; Follow@joaquina33

6/14 GPHS FLYING SOLO:A TOWN DIVIDED

 BEN MAKI OF THE DAILY COURIER


Kevin Shafer wanted more control of how his baseball team progressed

.

So, after spending the last three years with the Grants Pass Nuggets Triple-A American Legion team, he has taken the Grants Pass High program independent for summer ball.


For much of the last 20 years, Grants Pass High has played under the Post 28 Single-A banner of the Grants Pass Diggers, while the county schools played as the Miners.


However this year, Shafer — who just wrapped his first season as the Grants Pass High coach — is running a pair of independent Legion teams.


"The way it worked out, we felt it was important for us to compete as a group, as one team," Shafer said. "That was one of the reasons we decided to do our thing."


For the varsity and some junior varsity, he has a team playing a mix of Single-A and Triple-A teams. 

For his younger players, he has what is primarily a Division II team, but it also plays against Single-A teams. Both teams carry the high school moniker of Cavemen.


"Nobody complains when Crater doesn't send their underclassmen (to the Nuggets)," Shafer said. "Nobody complains when Hidden Valley doesn't send theirs, but when we do it, people make it a big deal.


"I'm not here to please the Nuggets organization. I'm here to get these kids better and to improve the Grants Pass High School team."


For the last two years Hidden Valley High went independent from Post 28 as a Single-A team. HV rejoined as the Miners this year, but without any players from other schools. There is no second Single-A team for Post 28 this year.

 

Shafer said his current set up helps him balance the schedules of the athletes who compete in multiple sports by giving him flexibility with players who split their time with football and basketball as well as baseball.


In addition, by playing an independent schedule, Shafer said he can work in more practice time with the players, instead of bouncing from game to game.


In Tuesday's game on the Grants Pass High campus, several players were able to make the game in the second inning following summer football workouts.


Neither Caveman team is eligible for the postseason as they don't play in Area 4.

Shafer sees that as a feature and not a flaw. That allows his players to not have to worry about playing through the OSAA's moratorium week, typically the last week in July.


"That allows the players to be ready to go on Day 1 and not have to sit out a week," Shafer said.


They'll still play quite a few teams from Area 4, both Single-A and Triple-A.

"We're going to get a lot of at-bats against tougher competition," Braeden Bellum said. 


"We'll be able to get the infield and outfield a lot of balls which will help our fielding get better."


Shafer doesn't have the full contingent of returning high school players, as catcher Kolby Dinkel and pitcher/infielder Cade King elected to play for the Nuggets.


"Our administration has backed us 100 percent," Shafer said. "The players who are here are buying in 100 percent"

He does have the rest of the squad, though. That includes players such as Bellum, Payton Calabro and Matt Knight.


The team says it's not focused on wins and losses during this season, but rather getting ready for the 2019 high school season.


"As long as we're having fun, it doesn't matter what the outcome of the game is," Calabro said. "Baseball is about having fun. We're out here to get better and work on being better for next season."


For the ones who are on this team, they believe the team will be stronger for this season together.


"We're like a brotherhood and we're playing teams at the top of their class," Knight said. 


"Getting all this time together will help us with our chemistry and our bonding."

6/13 HENLEY COACH RETIRES WITH 3 TITLES

READ STORY ON HENLEY HORNETS BASEBALL

6/12 GP GETS REVENGE WITH MEDFORD

GRANTS PASS DAILY COURIER

 

The Grants Pass Nuggets kept their hot streak going on Tuesday as they played host to defending American Legion Triple-A state champion Medford

After an error-laden first inning, the Nuggets padded their lead last to win the nonleague game 8-3 at Agnew-Lytle Field.


With the win, Grants Pass (4-1) now has a four-game win streak, and Medford (5-2) had its four-game win streak ended.


The Mustangs grabbed an early lead as Joe Johnson scored on a sac fly by Jacob Melton in the top of the first inning.


Each of the first four batters scored for Grants Pass as two errors on one play by the Medford catcher helped give the Nuggets a 4-1 lead.


Medford responded with two runs in the third inning.


Kolton Fisher gave the Nuggets some breathing room as he knocked in Cade King in the sixth inning on an RBI single.


Vincent Zavolta then hit an RBI-double in the seventh to score Cade Kissel, and Grants Pass scored twice more in the eighth.


King earned the win, while Cameron Allison picked up a three-inning save.


Allison entered with a 5-3 lead and didn't let Medford get any closer.

Ricky Boortz took the loss for the Mustangs.


Grants Pass is scheduled to play Fairfield, California