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From The Dugout - Oregon Baseball Blog

Monday, August 3, 2009


Oregon baseball players are finishing up summer ball as the final week of regular season is in swing for some teams, while playoffs have already started in other leagues.

Duck third baseman John Adamson, known for his walk-off, game-winning RBI-single in Oregon’s, 3-2, 10-inning victory over Oregon State at PGE Park on March 28, pulled off a similar feat in his first playoff series for the Yorkton Cardinals yesterday.

Yorkton (Western Major Baseball League), played its first playoff game on Friday, falling, 6-5, to the Central Division’s top team, Swift Current (27-13). But in Sunday's rematch, Adamson produced what proved to be the game-winning RBI with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the top of the 10th during a 3-2 victory in Game 2. Adamson is batting .198 for Yorkton. The Cardinals finished the regular season third in the East Division standings with a 20-20 record.

Four Ducks – Taylor Ausbun, Kenny Bartz, Antony Kreitz and Sean Potkay finished play in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League last week. The Waikiki Surfers took the championship crown in a three-day, double-elimination tournament by defeating Ausbun’s and Potkay’s Waves, 6-5, and, 5-2, on the tourney’s final day last Wednesday.

The Waves finished their regular season with a league-leading record of 28-12, followed by Bartz’s and Kreitz’s Kauai Menehunes (22-17). The  Menehunes were eliminated on the tournament’s second day with a 5-4 loss to Waikiki.

Potkay finished his season hitting .245 with 18 runs scored, eight extra-base hits, 20 RBIs and a .992 fielding percentage, helping to field a league-leading 24 double plays at first base. Ausbun hit .227 in 19 games, with 12 runs scored, three doubles, seven RBIs and 12 walks.

Kreitz finished his summer with the Menehunes batting .327 with a league-leading .504 slugging percentage. The Eugene native finished the year with 23 runs scored, 20 RBIs, eight doubles, three triples and two round-trippers. He was walked 15 times and had a .415 on-base percentage. Bartz finished his summer hitting .295. One of the quicker players in the league, Bartz legged out five triples and also stole 12 bases in 13 attempts. He added five doubles, 13 RBIs, 13 runs scored, a .466 slugging percentage and three assists from the outfield.

Currently the Rochester Honkers and Mankato Moondogs have identical records of 36-24 and sit atop the North Division as the Northwoods League has one more week of regular season play left before the playoffs begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Shortstop KC Serna is batting .308 on the season for Mankato with 26 runs scored, 14 RBIs, five doubles, two triples, 14 walks and a team-leading 23 stolen bases. Right-hander Chris Garrison has also tossed 27 and 1/3 innings of relief for Mankato this season. Garrison is 1-0 with one save and a 1.65 ERA. In his 27 and 1/3 innings, Garrison has allowed just five earned runs on 17 hits while striking out 16. He is holding opposing batters to a .173 average.

The Honkers were ranked the eighth-best summer team in the nation by Perfect Game Crosschecker’s latest top-25 poll last week. Danny Pulfer is batting .229 , while Mitch Karraker is hitting .250 with a .450 slugging percentage and .410 on-base percentage. He has four extra-base hits including one double, two triples and one home run.

In a 5-0 victory over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers last Friday, Riley Bevill started the game by pitching three scoreless innings, while Pulfer was 1-for-1 with a run scored and stolen base. Scott McGough, normally on the mound for the Honkers, got to test his defensive and offensive skills after getting a start at shortstop. He was walked with an RBI and hit-by-pitch. On the mound, McGough is 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 appearances and 40 innings of relief. He has struck out 31 while walking just 14, and has allowed just 10 earned runs on 35 hits surrendered.

Madison Boer and the La Crosse Loggers (36-24) are currently atop the South Division standings and ranked 17th in the latest Perfect Game Crosschecker top-25 poll. Boer is 3-3 with a 4.53 ERA. In his latest start last Friday, Boer got the win allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six in six innings of work.

The Corvallis Knights also have one week of regular season play left before the playoffs begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The Knights look well on their way to another championship crown, leading the West Coast League with a 33-10 record and a No. 4 ranking from Perfect Game Crosschecker’s latest top-25 poll. Josh Hogan is batting .221 with 22 runs scored, three doubles, two triples, nine RBIs, 12 stolen bases and a .987 fielding percentage at second base, helping turn 25 double plays. Tyler Anderson is maintaining a 3.86 ERA in five appearances.

Dylan Gavin is playing for the Spokane RiverHawks (18-26). He is batting .246 on the summer with eight runs scored.


Geoff NicholsNewport Gulls (31-10) finished the regular season at the top of the Eastern Division standings for the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Gulls began playoff action yesterday with a 12-7 win over New Bedford. Nichols is one of the Gulls’ top relievers, appearing in 14 games and tossing 15 innings. He has a 3-0 record, one save and a 1.20 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .173 average. Newport was recently ranked fifth in the nation by Perfect Game Crosschecker’s latest top-25 poll.


The Anchorage Glacier Pilots are currently  27-24 this summer, sitting third in the Alaska Baseball League standings. Alex Keudell has a 5.79 ERA and 0-2 record in nine starts and 28 innings pitched for the Pilots.