SPRINGFIELD — The start to the home stretch of the regular season for the Roseburg Dr. Stewart’s got off to a shaky start against the Springfield Timbers at Hamlin Middle School Wednesday.
The Docs let an early lead slip away in a 6-4 loss to begin an Area 4 league doubleheader against the Timbers and Springfield fought off Roseburg’s seventh-inning comeback attempt in an 11-9 defeat of the Stewies in the nightcap.
The two teams will finish off their four-game series with a doubleheader Thursday night at Champion Car Wash Field in Roseburg.
Game one started with a bang for Roseburg (20-11; 3-3 Area 4). The Docs got back-to-back singles from Austin Takahashi and Dawson Gillespie to start the game. A hit by pitch loaded the bases and Austin Anderson hit a two-out grand slam off of Springfield starter Leo Reeves to put the Docs on top 4-0.
Springfield (15-9; 4-2 Area 4) retaliated against Anderson, who started on the mound for the Docs, with a two-out, two-run homer by Reeves in the bottom of the first to cut the lead in half.
The Timbers added three more runs against Anderson in the second inning to pull ahead 5-4 and Reeves flipped a switch on the mound, holding the Docs to no runs and just three hits over the final six innings of the game.
Reeves picked up the complete game victory, allowing six hits in seven innings, while striking out five and walking one. Although the Docs did cause some uncertainty in the seventh inning. The first two hitters reached base, but neither was able to advance past second.
Austin Takahashi pitched the final four innings after taking over for Anderson in the third. He allowed three hits and one run, with three strikeouts and two walks.
Takahashi also led the Docs at the plate going 3-for-3 in the leadoff position.
Springfield jumped out to an insurmountable 8-0 lead in the first three innings of game two. Docs’ starter Dominic Tatone gave up seven walks and allowed seven hits before getting pulled to start the fourth.
Roseburg chipped away at the lead with two runs in the fourth. Logan Klopfenstein and Gillespie each drove in a run. A throwing error in the fifth gave the Docs another score, but Roseburg still trailed 11-8 going to the seventh.
Dr. Stewart’s sent 12 hitters to the plate in its final at bats and plated six runs against reliever Thomas Touchette, but the game tying run was left on second base when the final out was made.
Takahashi went 2-for-3 in game two and finished the twin bill 5-for-6 overall. He reached base in 7-of-8 plate appearances, scored twice and drove in a run.
The Docs will try to split the season series by sweeping their home doubleheader against the Timbers on Thursday. Game one is slated to begin at 5 p.m.
Anderson, Takahashi (3) and Six. Reeves and Burke. W — Reeves. L — Anderson (1-2). 2B — Burke (S). HR — Anderson (DS), Reeves (S).
Tatone, Withers (4) and Six, Hubbard. Patterson, Robertson (5), Touchette (7), Springer (7) and Burke. W — Paterson. L — Tatone (3-2). 2B — Anderson (DS), Black (DS), Patterson (S), Molony (S), Burke (S). 3B — Patterson (S).