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Wednesday, May 2, 2007, The Sun 9 By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Willamina whipped Sheridan 11-4 at home Monday, with BJ Wilson pitching the distance and Jared Biller and HJ Bishop hitting home runs. The Bulldogs evened their West Valley League record against their rivals and ran their league record to 8-2. Wilson had six strikeouts and three bases on balls. He gave up seven hits, but the last mn scored offhim was unearned. He als0 was part of a five-run rally in the fourth inning. W'illamina scored three runs in the second inning, with JJ Flynn reaching first base on an error to start the rally. Walks to Chris Orozco and Bishop loaded the bases, and Joe Garza laid a bunt down the first base line that the Spartans allowed to roll, hoping it would go foul. It did not, and Garza hustled to first base with a single while Flynn scored. Brandon Bmckner's double sent Orozco and Bishop home. Sheridan tied the score in the fourth. Pitcher Kevin Hertel doubled and scored on wild pitches. Derek Littlejohn walked and Tommy Lux singled, and both ad- vanced on a wild pitch and scored on Michael Orosco's single. After coach Cliff Toney went to the mound to settle Wilson down. he got Adam Butler to fly out to Garza in left field, and the side was re- tired. The Bulldogs then took charge. Bishop singled, Bmckner walked, and Wilson drove them in with a single. Chewning reached first base on an error, and Biller hit a three- run homer. Willamina added two runs in the fifth, with Orozco walking and Bishop hitting a home run that re- sulted in right fielder Orosco hit- ring his head on the fence in pur- suit of the ball. Orosco, who came out of the game reluctantly, re- quired stitches. After Bishop's shot, He~el an~.~ r d basema.o Cod), Hunt switched positions, and Hunt retired the nextlhree bat~ers In the sixth inning, Kellen Chewning was hit on the helmet by a pitch, moved to second on a single by Biller and scored on an error by shortstop Buffer that allowed pinch hitter Nathan Schad to reach sec- ond. The Spartans fought back in the After stepping on third base for an out Willamina's Chris Orozco play against Dayton. The Bulldogs won the game, 7-1. seventh, with Buffer hitting a two- out infield single, moving up on a walk to Ryan Swift and scoring on an error by Biller at first base. "'I thought we got sloppy at times," Toney said after the game, but I always go back to 'We're very young.'" Sheridan coach Kelly Jensen noted that his temn was depleted by illnesses, "but that's no excuse." R H E SHERIDAN 000 300 1 4 7 4 WILLAMINA 030 521 x 11 8 3 Hertel, Hunt 5 and Swift; BJ Wilson and Flynn W-- Wilson, L -- Hertel, Dogs blast Dayton Kellen Chewning led the way in Willamina's 7-1 win over Dayton at home Friday. Chewning pitched a two-hitter, striking out seven, and batted in three runs on a home run and a double. HJ Bishop hit his second homer of the season, and Chris Orozco had a double. The first-inning run came on Chewning's solo shot. In the third inning, the Bulldogs' only error of the game gave the Pi- rates an unearned run. W'illamina came back with two runs in the bottom of the third after Bishop singled and went to second base on' a passed ball. Brandon Bruckner then sent Bishop home with a single, stole second, reached third on a passed ball and scored on BJ Wilson's ground-out. After Brandon Bruckner singled and BJ Wilson walked in the fifth, Chewning's double drove them in. In the sixth, Chris Orozco was tilt by a pitch, and Bisliop hit his homer The Bulldogs remained alone in second place with a West Valley League record, of 7-2 going into Monday's game with Sheridan. The Pirates are 0-9 in league play. R H E DAYTON 001 000 0 1 2 2 WlLLAMINA 102022x 7 7 1 Coleman, May (8) and Case; Chewn- ing and Flynn. W -- Chewning. L -- Coleman. Dogs rip Amity, 16-1 BJ Wilson led Willamina in a 16-1 pounding at Amity April 24. Wilson pitched a complete five- inning two-hitter, striking out five and walking two. Photo by Shelley Herman throws to first for a double He also doubled and scored in both the first and second innings, hit an RBI single and scored in the fourth, and scored a run in the fifth. In the first inning, Brandon Bruckner's single, Wilson's double and a pitch that hit Kellen Chewn- ing loaded the bases. Three walks followed, and then HJ Bishop hit a grand slam. the Bulldogs' first home run of the sea- son. Wilson's double in the second was followed by an RBI single from Jared BlUer. In the fourth, Bishop was hit by a pitch, Brent Bruckner advanced him with a bunt so well-placed it became a single, and Brandon Bruckner was hit by a pitch. Wilson hit an RBI single, and Chewning's grounder sent Brent home. An error on the same play scored Brandon. Biller, then grounded out but drove in Wilson. A walk to Brandon and a pitch that hit Wilson were followed by Chewning's RBI single in the fifth. Chris Orozco's single scored Bran- don, and an error scored Wilson. By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Sheridan lost to Westside Chris- tian 9-2 Thursday. in a makeup game in Portland. The Spartans did not score until the seventh inning, when Derek Littlejohn hit a double to drive in Cody Hunt, who had singled. The 0nly other Sheridan hit was a single by Tommy Lux in the second in- ning. Chris Miller pitched a three-hit- ter for the Eagles, striking out 14. Kevin Hertel was Sheridan's starting and losing pitcher. Ryan Swift, who had been catching, re- lieved him in the fourth inning, with Lux going behind the plate. Sheridan's pitchers allowed three hits apiece, but the Spartans made eight errors. Ryan Herd had three RBIs for Westside Christian and hit one of three doubles for the Eagles. Ryan Baughs and Josh Britton also doubled, and Nate Mays hit two singles. R H E SHERIDAR 000000 2 2 3 8 W. CHRISTIAN 003402x 9 6 2 Hertel, Swift 4 and Swift, Lux 4; Mueller and Mays. W-- Mueller. L -- Hertel. Spartans fall to Gervais Sheridan lost to Gervais 6-2 on the road April 24. It was a ball game until the Cou- gars got to Spartan pitcher Cody Hunt in the sixth inning, scoring three runs. "They hit the ball to the open holes," Sheridan coach Kelly Jensen noted. "We couldn't make the outs when we needed them. Sheridan made three errors to two for the host team, and Hunt gave up nine hits and five bases on balls to three hits and three walks for Gervais pitcher David Stott, so it was not altogether a matter of fielding. "Our hitting is really off," Jensen said. "We weren't able to connect with the ball. When we did connect, we hit it right to their players for easy outs. "We got a coupleguys on base but couldn't get them around. We had three guys tagged out on base." The Spartans were held to three singles, two by Adam Butler and one by Ryan Swift. Butler scored both Sheridan runs. Kevin Hertel, although he had no hits, batted in both runs. Mike Kalugin was tile Cougars' biggest hitter with a double, three singles and two RBI. R H E SHERIDAN 1010000 2 3 3 6ERVAIS 200013x 6 9 2 Hunt and Swift; Stott and Kalugin~ W--" Stott, L-- Hunt. VC pounds Sparts, 14-1 Errors kept plaguing Sheridan on Friday as the Spartans lost 14-1 to Valley Catholic in Beaverton. The Spartans not only made seven errors but also were victims" of the five-strikeout pitching of Pat Dempsey, who scattered six hits, and the heavy hitting of Dempsey and several teammates. Dempsey hit a two-run homer in the first inning and later hit a single and a triple. He scored three of the runs. Michael Hoffman, Matt Twenge and Trevor Gates also swung big bats for the hosts. The game stopped after six innings, by which time the Valiants were more than 10 runs ahead. Sheridan's only run came in the third inning, when Ryan Swift's double scored Adam Buffer, who had also doubled. Swift's three hits led the Spartans. Swift pitched 5-1/3 innings for the Spartans. Cody Hunt relieved him. Valley Catholic played error- less ball and made two double plays. Spartan coach Kelly Jensen commended Swift and Derek Littlejohn for playing their best despite injuries and said the Spar- tans had just played two of the three best teams in the West Valley League. R H E SHERIDAN 001 000 1 6 7 V. CATHOLIC 400 046 14 13 0 Swift, Hunt 6 and Lux; Dempsey and Casquiero. W -- Dempsey. L -- Swift. The Lady Bulldogs had their first taste of defeat this season on Friday, losing to Dayton, 2-1. "We lost the game because of two things," said coach Brad Chewning. "Bad base running and too many passed balls. They also got a break in the seventh when Pratt hit a blooper over first base, just fair, and then it bounced out of play. It should have be a ground rule double, but she got third. Then they put in a pinch runner and she scored on a passed ball." Caralyn Chewning hit a home run for Willamina's only score. Lady Dawgs bury Amity The Lady Bulldogs used a late inning barrage to bury Amity on Tuesday, 15-0. Willaminapicked up 15 hits, 13 RBIs, and three home runs. Caralyn Chewning had 10 strikeouts and allowed two hits, both singles. She was also 3-5 at the plate with a double and a triple. Megan Stackhouse was 2-5 with a single a double and four RBIs, Linda Clemente was 2-5 with a home run, Brandi Shell had a sec- ond home run, Randi Keyser was 2-4 with a home run, and Ricki Keyser was 2-4 with two runs, two singles, and a double. Photo by Shelley Herman Willamina's Sherea Cumberland looks for umpire's call after she dives back to second base against Dayton. She was called out in the close play. Dayton won the game, 2-1. By Fred Long up. was 2-3 to account for three of and third in another. Their pitcher Correspondent, The Sun "'All of their runs in the first. Sheridan's five hits. was very hittable, and despite get- Valley Catholic is one of the top third, and tburth were unearned." Early in the week the Lady Spar- ting six hits we didn't hit like we teams in the league and across the said Sheridan coach Steve Rogers tans lost a close game at Gervais, could have." state. But the Lady Spartans con- "And in the fifth we gave up 4-3. KerriYoderhadhalfoftheSpar- tinued to show improvement and four walks that led to their runs. ''We had thelead until the sixth," tan hits and Alyssa Ogle, Kalea kept the game close before losing They are a solid team, but we are Rogers said. Thompson, Kellye Edwards each at home on Thursday, 9-3. improwng. We really played better "We just didn't execute. They added one. Valley Catholic scored one run than the score showed." played small ball and were ready, Jensen pitched the complete in the first, second and third innings Sheridan pitcher Karen Jensen but just didn't execute. They got game with one strikeout, no walks and two more in the fourth before had two strikeouts, allowed 11 hits, two runs and had four hits in the and 10 hits. blowing the game open in the fifth, and had four walks, inning. The Lady Spartans this week Sheridan scored all its runs in the Bethany Dickey had a triple "We left the bases loaded in one will play Willamina, Dayton' and fifth, but it wasn't enough to catch with two RBIs and Phylisha Bryant inning and had runners on second Amity. By Herb Swett Correspondent, The Sun Willamina's Alee Palanuk broke his own shotput record Thursday at 49-10, soon after breaking a 45- year-old school record in that event. Palanuk, who also placed first in the discus at 131-3.5, was the only Bulldog boy to take two first places. Among the Willamina girls, Liz Rogers took two first places, win- ning the 100 high hurdles at 17.4 and the 300 low hurdles at 51.8. Sherae Cumberland won the discus at 99-4. First-place Spartan girls in- cluded Emma Buchholz, 13.5 in the 100 meters and Amber Moser in the high jump at 5-0. The 4x100 relay team of Buchholz, Moser, Lisa Ekstrom and Chelsei Hall came in first at 52.9. Spartan first places went to Jus- tin Tomlinson, 11.7 in the 100 meters; Noah Leisman, 23.7 in the 200 meters and Doug Von Euen. 57.9 in the 400 meters. The 4x100 relay team ofTomlinson, Leisman, Jacob Williams and Allyn Ray came in first at 45.5. For Willamina, Anthony George won the 110 high hurdles at 18.4. Bulldog coach Jeff Larson noted that his athletes set 31 per- sonal and season records at the meet, even though Willamina was not in the relay races, because of an injury to Cameron Sabey. Photo by Shelley Herman Willamina's Alec Palanuk tosses the shot put 49-10 to break his Own school record last week. Palanuk places third at Meet of Champions Palanuk was Willamina's standout at Saturday's Meet of Champions at Willamette Univer- sity. He placed third in the shotput at 48-2.5 and seventh in the discus at 129-8. No other Bulldog placed as high as eighth in the meet, and no one from Sheridan placed that high, but there was plenty of competition. Willamina and Sheridan were two of 10 Class 3A schools out of 51 schools from all parts of Oregon at the meet. event set Delphian lost to Perrydale 12- doubles, but Autum Bird walked 11 at home in eight innings April seven Pirates and struck out none 25. going the distance. Chelsea Spina went 4 for 5 for Delphian is now 3-9 in league the Dragons, including three play and 5-10 overall. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife with 1,000 trout for the event and Department will sponsor a youth will provide 50 fishing poles for fishing event on Saturday at the youngsters to try their luck. Sheridan fishing pond. The pond is located offBallston The event will start at 9:30 a.m. Road just south of the Green Crest The state has stocked the pond Memorial Park.