Cubs curdle Cheesemakers, 13-1

Jacob Dobmeier

NEWPORT — There was more drilling going on at Frank Wade field than a Texas gloryhole Monday as the Newport Cubs blew out the visiting Tillamook Cheesemakers in the 2019 season opener, 13-1.

Cub pitching dominated Tilly from the opening fastball as senior hurler Jacob Dobmeier fanned three batters, setting up the bottom half for Newport hitters to leave no patch of Frank Wade field untested.

Cub swatters stacked on the RBIs while junior Cole Wiles stole bases face-first, vexing Tilly pitchers as the Newport lineup cycled through the batter’s box. A sacrifice bunt by junior Tyler Biddinger delivered an RBI that ended the inning at 5-0.

Coach Taylor Plesha said merely notching a non-league win over the chastened Cheesemakers wasn’t enough — the lopsided victory served a bigger purpose, in his mind. The game was mercifully called after five innings under the 10-run high school rule.

“Tillamook was not a team we wanted to have a close game with,” remarked Plesha afterwards. “Our aspirations and goals are to go deep into the state tournament, and we needed to win 13-1.”

Plesha acknowledged that all eyes are on the Cubs as they aim for a sixth state title in baseball, last achieved in 2008. He said the season opener offered an entertaining preview of team talents and strategy.

Pitcher Dobermeier, for example, has signed with a Division 1 school. Meanwhile, the roster is studded with additional talent seasoned by AAA American Legion play and a machinelike feeder program.

“We’re here to hunt, not hike,” said Plesha, explaining why Cub baseball seemed so colorful on a gray, chilly afternoon. “It’s a full, straightforward approach to baseball. We put pressure on them, force their defense to show up and make plays, and have a sound approach at the plate.”

After hosting Valley Catholic Tuesday, the Cubs play at home again Friday, March 15, against the visiting Junction City Tigers at 3 p.m.

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