PHILOMATH — After trouncing Philomath 8-3 on Monday at home, Newport went down swinging on Wednesday, 6-10, to split a two-game league series between top-ranked rivals.
Both Philomath and Newport had their offenses going, but the Cubs never got their legs back after three explosive innings by the Warriors. It was truly a swinging affair as Philo collected 12 hits on the day and Newport collected 11.
The Cubs, who seemed to have perfected the art coming from behind, began to march in the top of the fourth on a Cole Braxling RBI single. Base thief Jonathan Fritz’s follow-up fly ball double scored two more, then catcher Kaden Bruns drove in Fritz on a line drive to left field that brought the game to 4-5.
Hard-throwing Ryan Torres took the loss for Newport, allowing eight hits and eight runs over three innings, striking out one. Side-shooting southpaw Addison Galen provided the relief, yielding four hits and two runs. Good fielding prevented further damage as the utility crew collected 16 ground outs and fly balls.
The Newport bats might have prevailed in longer circumstances. Jacob Dobmeier cleared the fences with a sixth inning home run and joined the Newport’s roster of two-hitters, including Cole Braxling, Kaden Bruns and Jonathan Fritz. Braxling, Fritz and Torres swatted doubles, while Fritz and Kaden Bruns led the RBI column with two each.
But a Philomath three-run homer in the bottom of the inning threw cold water on the rally, and the Warriors kept their lead on RBI singles despite a hopeful two-point stanza in the sixth when Dobbie homered and Bruns drove in one.
Vogler was the winning pitcher for Philomath. He went six innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, striking out six and walking one. Hernandez threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.