A fond farewell

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Taft girls golf, Hatton off to a strong season start

LINCOLN CITY — The Taft girls golf team is back in the swing of things, having already competed in two tournaments this season. The Tigers return their top golfers, with plenty of experience returning as they make a run for another district title. Taft graduated one senior from last year’s district championship team. With 11 players on the roster, eight — Maya Hatton, Olivia Baker, Violet Palermini, Sammy Halferty, Noa Stoll, Hannah Weaver, Jocelyn Arguello and Megan Jensen — are returning with at least two years of experience.

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Another quick game for No. 2 Toledo softball

TOLEDO — It was another short game for the Toledo softball team. For the third time in six games, the Boomers held a 10-run lead after five innings. On Tuesday, March 20 against Nestucca, sophomore infielder Rylee Richards drove home two runs to give the Boomers a walk-off 17-7 win in five innings. Playing in short games is all part of the plan for Toledo this season, the team goal is to finish games in five innings. “The less pitches we have to throw, the better it is for our pitching. It’s good for our catchers and less time we have to be out in the field,” said head coach Howie Richards. “The more time they have to be on the field, the more pitches they have to throw, the more their catcher has to work, it’s even better.”

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Stempel throws a no-no

It was the first time that Jack Stempel can recall throwing a complete no-hitter in his baseball career. On an 18th birthday that the Taft senior right-hander likely won’t forget, he didn’t allow a hit in Taft’s 28-0 win over Sheridan. Stempel has been on a tear in his last two starts. On Wednesday, he threw five complete innings, zero hits, one walk while shutting out the Spartans. It was Stempel’s second consecutive no-hitter. In his last start against Rainer on Saturday, March 24, Stemple threw six innings of no-hit ball and only walked one batter on 84 pitches. Bliez Kimbrough came in relief and didn’t allow a hit either, completing the combined no-hitter. In his last two starts, Stemple has thrown 11 innings without allowing a run or a hit and has only issued two walks. Against Sheridan, Stempel had command of his fastball and mixed in his curveball and changeup to keep the Sheridan batters at bay, which has been the norm for Stempel this season. “If you throw a no-hitter, everything has to work,” said head coach Matt Hilgers. “He’s been throwing well for us, we are glad to have him back this year.”

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One out from victory, Waldport falls to Reedsport

WALDPORT — All the Waldport softball team needed was one final out to beat Reedsport in a non-league game and improve to 3-0 on the season. Clinging to a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning, the Irish would commit three errors, allowing the Braves to rally and score four runs and steal a 6-4 victory on Monday, March 19. “One of the things we need to clean up, and it’s early in the season, is errors,” said head coach Alex Browne. “We win and lose by the state of our mind, we get this effect where one error leads to another error that leads to another error. And it’s hard to come back from that.”

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Life of Eddie: The Big Time

Part 3 of a 3-Part series In August 2013, while Eddie Townsend was getting his math endorsement at Waldport High School and before he would leave to take a job fishing in Alaska, he received a call from the hospital in Corvallis. It was about his mother. It was one of the handful of times that Townsend had heard from or about his mother since she had disappeared when he was in middle school. She had overdosed and was in a coma. When Bob and Robin Jacobson gained custody of a middle-school aged Townsend, one of the judge’s orders was that his mother was to keep contact with her son at least once a month. With the exception of one drunken phone call, she never came through. “Not once during that entire time that we had him did she ever try and contact him,” Bob Jacobson said. In adulthood, Townsend’s feelings toward her were complex. Due to drug use and failing organs, the doctors said that she was too far gone and the only thing keeping her alive was life-support. Townsend was forced to make a tough decision on whether to pull the plug.

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