RiverDawgs close out regular season with narrow win

The playoff-bound Southern Oregon RiverDawgs finished off their regular season with a 4-3 victory over the Nevada Bighorns on Wednesday at Harry & David Field.

The WCL Tri-State playoffs begin next Thursday in Arcata, Calif. The double-elimination tournament includes the top four teams in the league. The RiverDawgs are seeded fourth, with Humboldt, Folsom and Redding owning the other berths.

With the game locked in a scoreless tie, Steven Candelaria earned a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning. Travis Wolf followed with a two-run single to right field. Wolf and Candelaria then pulled off a double steal, with Wolf taking second base and Candelaria stealing home.

Nevada would rally in the eighth, using a two-run single by Tim Lewis and a Southern Oregon error to cut the lead to a run.

Austin Palmer, who pitched seven innings, earned the win after giving up five hits, three walks and no runs and striking out three. Johnny Omahen, the fourth and final pitcher used by the RiverDawgs (17-19, 9-15 WCL Tri-State), took over in the ninth. With two outs, he allowed a base hit and fanned the final batter en route to his third save of the season.

Nevada 000 000 030 — 3 9 4

Southern Oregon 000 000 40x — 4 4 2

Nahlen, Sigado (4), Guerra (7), Houle (8) and Winters; Palmer, N. Northrop (8), Freeman (8), Omahen (9) and Brill, Graham (8). W — Palmer (2-2). L — Guerra. 2B — N: Lewis, Trofko.


MURPHY TIED FOR 33RD AT NATIONAL EVENT — At Chesterfield, N.J., 16-year-old Rogue River golfer Kevin Murphy shot a 7-over-par 78 to wrap up his day tied for 33rd in the second round of the 42nd Trusted Choice Big I National Championships.

The four-day, 72-hole tournament is a major junior event.

Murphy, who fired a 75 on Tuesday, birdied the third, 10th and 14th holes before recording his only double bogeys on the final two holes at the 6,743-yard Old York Country Club.

Murphy is the only Oregon golfer remaining in the boys division. Salem's Ashlee Pickerell — the other Oregonian to advance to today's round — is tied for fifth after turning in a second-round 74.

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