The Southridge-based team rips Reynolds 18-0 to clinch its series
BEAVERTON - Some days, things just don't go your way.
Some days, they do.
Monday was one of those days where everything went Dr. Barney's way in the AAA American Legion baseball playoffs.
After battling Reynolds, the third-place team from Area 5, through two one-run ballgames in its first-round Metro-Area playoff series (Dr. Barney's won the first game 5-4 in 11 innings Saturday at Southridge and Reynolds took game two at home Sunday by a 10-9 margin), Dr. Barney's came into Monday's decisive contest expecting another close, hard-fought battle.
What they got, however, was something completely different.
Dr. Barney's pounded out 16 hits (nine of those for extra bases) against three Reynolds pitchers, took advantage of five Raider errors and coasted to an easy 18-0 win in 6-½ innings. The win sent Dr. Barney's on to face Lake Oswego in a second-round best-of-three series and ended Reynolds' summer season at 21-12. Dr. Barney's improved to 31-12.
'We just came ready to play and came out with a different mindset,' said Dr. Barney's left fielder Brett Meyers, who went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order Monday. 'We just took advantage of everything we got. It seemed like every time there was someone on, we did a good job of hitting them in.'
'I don't know what happened to those guys. They battled us pretty tough the first two games and today we beat 'em by 18,' said Dr. Barney's catcher Kevin Coleman, who went 2-for-5, scored twice and knocked in two with a fourth-inning homer. 'Everything just landed in the gaps today.'
The Raiders' lone opportunity to score Monday came in the first inning against Dr. Barney's starter Daniel Trueblood. Reynolds had runners at first and third with one out but then, with Kyle Pollack at the plate, Coleman tried to pick off Reynolds' Curtis Cosby at third and his throw bounced wildly off third baseman Mitch Edwards toward the home dugout. Cosby raced toward home, but Edwards recovered quickly and threw accurately to Coleman at home for the tag.
Reynolds would never advance another runner past first in its remaining six at-bats.
On the Dr. Barney's side, the Southridge team pushed across one run in the bottom of the first, then broke through for eight more in a second inning highlighted by Meyers' two-run double off Reynolds starter Cody Ching and a three-run Jack Brock homer to left off reliever Trevor Winsor.
'Everybody in this lineup can hit well in any situation,' said Meyers, who added an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run single in the fourth. 'It feels amazing. We've worked hard. We deserve it.'
'Brett hit the (heck) out of the ball and so did' Trent Oleszczuk, Coleman said. 'The bottom of the lineup really came through today. The past few games, they haven't been hitting that well, but today they just stepped it up.'
After that eight-run second boosted Dr. Barney's edge to 9-0, the team added three more in the third (two of those scoring on Reynolds errors) and ended all conversation with a six-run fourth. In the fourth, it was Meyers and Oleszczuk with back-to-back two-RBI hits and Coleman with a two-run bomb to right-center field.
For the game, Oleszczuk went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, Edwards was 2-for-4 and knocked in two, and Brock was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Brent Holbrook was the only Reynolds player with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
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In their series opener, Chance Howard pitched all 11 innings in his team's 5-4 victory and his team added a strong defensive performance to seal the win.
'He was lights out,' pitching coach Marcus Munoz said of Howard. 'His pitch count was low. He only walked one guy and he got a lot of three-pitch outs.'
Dr. Barney's scored the game-winner in the 11th inning on a Reynolds overthrow. The Raiders' outfielder threw his hands into the air to signal the ball was out of play, but touched the ball before the umpire could reach the site and make an official ruling. The winning run came around from first base on the controversial play.
Reynolds converted a pair of double steals in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead, and extended to a 4-1 margin before Dr. Barney's connected on a three-run triple to tie the game in the fifth.
Holbrook struck out 14 batters through 10 innings on the mound, and also led the Raiders' offense by hitting 3 for 5.
In game two - a game that Reynolds won 10-9 with two runs in the bottom of the ninth - Tyler Harman blasted a home run and Edwards collected three hits.
'They gave us a bunch of runs and then there was a blown call at the end,' Dr. Barney's coach Don Fitzgerald said.
The Raiders tied the game at 9-9 when Pollack led off with a single and slid home safely in a tight play at the plate on an infield grounder by Nick Prante. Reynolds teammate Brandon Nomie scored the winning run moments later when Cody Ching blasted a line drive past Edwards at third.
Cosby gave the Raiders an early lead Sunday with a two-run homer in the first inning, while Prante added an inside-the-park home run with a blast over the center fielder in the fourth inning.
David Ball of the Gresham Outlook contributed to this report.