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Woodburn baseball hands No. 9 Newport its first league loss, local teams compete in Meet of Champions

Woodburn baseball

The Woodburn baseball team punched No. 9 Newport in the mouth to open the three-game series between the two teams last week, scoring seven runs in the first two innings to hand the Cubs a 7-5 defeat — their first league loss of the season.

Coming off the team's first league victory of the year over Stayton the week before, the Bulldogs continued their hot streak against the Cubs on April 22 at home, coming out of the gates to put up four runs in the opening inning.

Newport appeared unprepared for the Bulldogs, who loaded the bases with a trio of singles to open the game, followed leadoff hitter Ethan Ing stealing home to put Woodburn up 1-0. Carter Nelson reached on a misplayed fly ball to keep the bases loaded, and Reese Miller was picked off at third on the ensuing play, but Woodburn kept the pressure on.

Jesus Ortiz stole third, allowing Gavino Murillo to move him home with a bunt up the first base line. Georgio Bustamante followed with a single up the left side of the infield, scoring Nelson.

Will Peterson struck out on the next play, but the Bulldogs added one more run when Murillo stole home before teammate Jaden Bellman ended the inning with another strikeout.

After three quick outs from Miller, who went six innings for the Bulldogs, Woodburn got back to work in the bottom of the frame.

Roberto Ramirez reached on a fielding error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ing. Miller drove him home with a double to left field and advanced to third on another error that allowed Ortiz to reach first safely. Nelson brought home Miller on a single, and Murillo scored Ortiz to make it a 7-0 game before the Cubs were able to induce the last two outs to get out of the inning.

Woodburn continued to hold strong throughout the remainder of the game before Newport threatened to take it all away in the final two innings. With the aid of four errors from the Bulldogs, the Cubs were able to plate four runs in the inning before Miller got the final two outs on a pair of fly balls.

Woodburn went scoreless in the bottom of the inning, and the Cubs were able to get one more run off another error before Ortiz picked up the final three outs in relief to finish the game.

Miller struck out seven and gave up just two hits in six innings, while Ortiz added three more strikeouts. All five of Newport's runs came from unearned errors. Woodburn compiled eight miscues against the Cubs, while Newport wasn't too shabby either, misfiring five times in the loss.

The Cubs went on to claim wins over Woodburn by 9-1 and 16-3 margins to finish the week.

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Meet of Champions

The Woodburn, Gervais and Kennedy track and field teams took part in the annual Meet of Champions, held this year at Sweet Home High School after Cascade was unable to host the meet at its usual venue of Willamette University in Salem.

Woodburn's Giovanni Bravo led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish in the 1500 (4:18.85) and a third-place time in the 800 (2:08.28), while teammate Myranda Marquez paced the girls team with personal records in the 800 (2:38.43) and the 1500 (5:24.24). Junior Christian Kurka added a fifth-place finish in the boys shot put (43-03), while senior Tyson Doman placed fourth in the high jump (6-00).

Sophomore Katie Hanson led the Gervais team with a PR-time of 1:00.15 to take the top time in the 400. She added a fourth-place finish in the long jump (15-05) and a seventh-place mark in the triple jump (32-06.75). On the boys side, sophomore Brian Limage set a new PR in the 400 with a fifth-place time of 52.77.

Kennedy was led by a pair of top-three finishes by Carlos Saravia and Hallie Sprauer. Saravia set a new PR in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.25 to finish third, while Sprauer's 33-05 leap in the triple jump was good for a runner-up finish.

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