The Cottage Grove Lions avenged a season-opening loss to the Siuslaw Vikings on Friday, posting a Sky-Em League baseball sweep at Jiggs Dodson Stadium for their first wins of the season.
The Lions rallied late to win the opener, 6-4, then held on until the game was called due to darkness in the nightcap to win 11-9.
Siuslaw, 1-7 in league and overall, is on the road next week, Tuesday at Elmira and Friday at Marshfield.
"I am real proud of (catcher) Jason Garcia behind the plate," Siuslaw coach Tom Shinn said. "He had to catch both games of the doubleheader and still worked to block pitches and throw out runners stealing second."
Garcia also shined at the plate in the second game, going 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and scoring a run.
Sophomore outfielder Ian Sissel was 4-for-7 in the two games with 3 runs and 2 RBIs.
Junior shortstop Beau Erickson scored 3 runs and had an RBI in the nightcap, while junior second baseman Isaac Garza was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the opener.
"We did a good job of getting out front early (in the opener)," Shinn said. "The fifth inning was a problem for us — a couple of errors led to some unearned runs that helped their momentum.
"Give their pitcher some credit for being able to keep us off balance."
Siuslaw dug a big hole in the second game, and trailed 11-4 entering the bottom of the fifth as darkness was falling.
The Vikings had five runs in and runners on base when the game was called.
"We put the ball in play well in this game," Shinn said. "There were several instances where kids hit the ball right on the screws and it went right to the Cottage Grove players."
One of those days, and nights.
COTTAGE GROVE 000 032 1 — 6 4 6
SIUSLAW 012 001 0 — 4 7 3
Braden Buckland and JJ Thornton; Elijah Blankenship, Andrew Norman-Jensen (6), Beau Erickson (6) and Jason Garcia.
WP — Braden Buckland. LP — Andrew Norman-Jensen.
COTTAGE GROVE 232 22 — 11 5 4
SIUSLAW 211 05 — 9 6 7
Christian Spear and JJ Thornton; Isaac Garza, Beau Erickson (4), Clay Kramer (5) and Jason Garcia.
WP — Christian Spear. LP —Isaac Garza.
Record: 1-7 overall, 1-7 Sky-Em League
Tuesday, April 13 — Siuslaw 11, at Cottage Grove 9
Friday, April 16 — Elmira/Triangle Lake 22, at Siuslaw 7, 6 innings
Friday, April 16 — Elmira/Triangle Lake 13, Siuslaw 8, suspended in fourth inning due to darkness
Tuesday, April 20 — Marshfield 20, at Siuslaw 7
Friday, April 23 — at Marist Catholic 13, Siuslaw 2, 5 innings
Friday, April 23 — ar Marisr Catholic 11, Siuslaw 10
Tuesday, April 27 — Junction City 13, at Suslaw 3, 6 innings
Friday, April 30 — Cottage Grove 6, at Siuslaw 4, first game
Friday, April 30 — Cottage Grove 11, at Siuslaw 9, second game, 5 innings, called due to darkness
Tuesday, May 4 — at Elmira/Triangle Lake, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 7 — at Marshfield (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11 — Marist Catholic, 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 — at Junction City (DH), noon
1 Beau Erickson, junior, 6-0, 160, RHP, 2B, 3B, OF
2 Isaac Garza, junior, 6-1, 175, RHP, 2B, SS, OF
3 Noah Dotson, freshman, 6-0, 180, RHP, OF
4 Elijah Blankenship, senior, 5-10, 170 RHP, 2B, SS, OF
5 Victor Reyna-Ayala, sophomore, OF
8 Ethan Aaron, junior, 5-11, 200, OF
10 Henry Rankin, 6-1, 250, junior, C, 1B, 3B
12 Ian Sissel, sophomore, 6-0, 195, C, 3B
13 Jason Garcia, junior, RHP, C, OF
22 Clay Kramer, senior, RHP, OF
25 Dalton Stinger, senior, RHP, 1B, 3B, OF
34 Armando Galvan-Mendez, freshman, 3B
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