Bulldogs slide back in losses to Cascade
The Woodburn baseball team dropped a trio of games in its season series against the Cascade Cougars last week.
The Bulldogs (6-14, 2-14) came into the penultimate week of the season looking to capitalize on a three-game series against No. 9 Newport (17-4, 13-2 Oregon West), in which the team took one of three games against the league-leading Cubs.
Instead, the Cougars (10-10, 8-7) capitalized on a number of Woodburn miscues to extend the Bulldogs' current streak of losses to five games.
Woodburn opened the week on the road, falling 11-5 in the first game of the series at Cascade High School on April 29.
The Bulldogs struck first, using a two-out double from Carter Nelson to drive in teammate Ethan Ing in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Woodburn doubled its advantage in the third when Ing stole third base and scored on a single from Jesus Ortiz.
But the Cougars struck back in the next two frames, plating 11 runs across the third and fourth to take the lead for good. Woodburn held Cascade scoreless for the remainder of the game, and would go on to score in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings, but it wasn't enough to make up the difference.
The follow-up game at Woodburn High School on May 1 saw the Bulldogs commit 10 errors, leading to a 22-0 loss that counts as the team's biggest defeat of the season.
Woodburn concluded the week back at Cascade on Thursday, falling behind 7-0 before Nelson put his team on the board with a double to right field in the top of the third to drive in Ing and Ortiz.
The Cougars plated two more in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-2, but Woodburn struck again in the fourth when Jackson Pickett scored on a fielding error, followed by a run scored by Roberto Ramirez.
But that's as far as Woodburn would get, and the Cougars finished the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-run game and end the contest early.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to finish their season next week in a three-game series against the No. 10 Philomath Warriors.
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