Seegmiller is lights out for RiverDogs

Evan Seegmiller made one early mistake Friday evening.

From then on, however, the former Crater High standout was lights out.

The lanky right-hander surrendered one run on four hits in leading the Southern Oregon RiverDogs to a 2-1 victory over the Seaside Wildcats in Game 2 of a Northwest Collegiate Baseball league game at Harry and David Field.

Seaside took the opener, 4-3.

Seegmiller left a changeup a little too high in the strike zone, which resulted in a triple and later a run in the third inning.

"I made a bad pitch," Seegmiller admitted. "I started (the game) using my changeup too much on first pitch. The whole rest of the way I used a first-pitch fastball to get ahead."

And it worked.

Seegmiller, who went 6-1 this last season as a junior for 18th ranked NAIA Dickinson State in North Dakota, yielded one hit over the final four innings. He finished with six strikeouts and three walks while improving his record to 1-1.

"I just tried to get ahead and let the defense do the rest," Seegmiller said.

Seegmiller didn't arrive to the field until midway through the first game because of his work schedule.

"I didn't get off work until 5," said Seegmiller, who works six days a week at National Auto Mart. "I only get one day off a week. I need the money. I'm a poor college kid."

He had just enough support Friday from his teammates against Seaside lefty Chris Chambers.

The RiverDogs (8-6, 3-2 NWCL) scraped together single runs in the third and fifth innings.

Dan Chancler ripped a one-out double in the third and came home one batter later on an RBI two-bagger from Tyson Nelson.

In the fifth, Chancler reached on a fielders' choice and Nelson followed with an infield single. Both runners moved up on Nelson's hit when Seaside second baseman Shawn Winston threw wide of first base. Chancler then came home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Nelson, an Eagle Point High graduate and former all-Southern Oregon Conference first-teamer, went 3-for-3 in Game 2 to complete a 5-for-7 effort with two RBIs over both games.

"I was expecting offspeed (from Seaside pitchers) and I got it," said Nelson, who signed to play baseball next year for Western Oregon after a successful stint at Mt. Hood Community College. "I'm a big guy, so you typically don't throw a big guy a fastball."

Southern Oregon's bats were slightly more active in the opener.

Seaside's were just a little better as the Wildcats totaled nine hits against four different RiverDogs' pitchers.

Southern Oregon tied the game at 3-all in the fifth on an RBI single by Nelson, but Chambers answered in the top half of the seventh with an RBI sacrifice fly that proved to be the game-winner.

"I just think it was good pitching from both sides," said first-year Southern Oregon manager Bill James. "We had to really scratch out a couple of our runs."

The Wildcats struck first on an RBI double by Craig Ross in the opening inning against Southern Oregon starter Chad Hegdahl.

Corey O'Neill answered with an RBI single to right field that plated Allen Smith in the bottom of the second, then the RiverDogs went ahead 2-1 in the third when Nelson singled home Marcus James from third base.

Seaside (9-6 NWCL) pushed across a run in the fourth on a wild pitch and briefly went ahead on an RBI sac fly by Seth Edwards in the fifth.

Ryan Morehouse was the winner after giving up six hits and all three runs in six innings for the Wildcats.

For the RiverDogs, O'Neill went 2-for-2 in the opener with an RBI, while Marcus James scored twice.

Hegdahl, who has been recovering from Tommy John surgery the last two years, went just the two innings and took a no decision in his second outing of the season.

Josh Suarez suffered the loss despite not giving up a hit in one inning of relief.

"I thought our pitchers did a good job in both games," said Bill James. "I thought Evan pitched a whale of a game and the guys that threw in the second game did a nice job, too.

"The whole year so far, our pitchers have done a really good job."

Southern Oregon will host a doubleheader with Seaside again today starting at 5 p.m. at Harry and David Field.

The two teams finish up the series with another twin bill on Sunday beginning at noon.


Seaside Wildcats 100 110 1 — 4 9 1

Southern Oregon RiverDogs 011 010 0 — 3 6 0

Hegdahl, Goodline (3), Bacca (5), Suarez (7) and Hernandez; Morehouse and Riser. W — Morehouse. L — Suarez (0-2). 2B — Sea: Ross.


Seaside Wildcats 001 000 0 — 1 4 1

Southern Oregon RiverDogs 001 010 x — 2 5 1

Chambers and Reilly; Seegmiller and Bacca. W — Seegmiller (1-1). L — Chambers. 2B — SO: Chancler, Nelson. 3B — Sea: Winston.

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