The Perrydale Pirates will likely be back next spring with another junior varsity baseball season.
Perrydale returned to baseball last year with a fairly full JV roster — around 10 games — and there has been talk of possibly moving to the college level in 2023.
But sporting director Chris Gubrud said sticking to JV competition made the most sense.
“And I hope we can play almost 20 games next season,” Gubrud said.
Depth is important in baseball, especially with pitching, as the Oregon School Activities Association has pitch count limits.
“With the pitch count rules, it’s almost impossible for us to get through the three-game weeks,” Gubrud said. “We barely made it through the two-game weeks last season.
“It will take us a while to get to where we can play a college schedule. You need four or five kids who can throw strikes.
The roster size has shrunk a bit from the first 16 players who showed up for the team, and the rainy weather has caused gaps between games or even a lot of practice action.
The 2022 season was the first in baseball for Perrydale in about five years. Troy Trembly, a former Perrydale player who teaches at the school, coached the team.
Getting home games took a lot of hard work on the field, but the Pirates were able to pick up a few wins and gain a lot of experience, in practices as well as games against schools such as Kennedy, Amity, St. Paul and Neah -Kah. -Deny.
Center fielder Kaej Haynes was one of the seniors who hadn’t played organized ball since seventh grade, Trembly said. Senior Wyatt Cruickshank was a team leader as a shortstop and utility player, batting fourth in the order, just behind Haynes. Junior Wyatt Burg was one of the Pirates’ best pitchers.
Youth soccer registration closes Aug. 22 for Kids Inc. in Dallas.
The cost is $70 for Kindergarten to Grade 2 and $80 for Grades 3 to 5. Scholarships are available, but contact the Kids Inc. office at (503) 623-6419 before applying.
The coaches will meet in August, with games scheduled for September and October.
Other Kids Inc. fall sports are volleyball, middle school football (grades seven and eight), cheering, and possibly flag football.
Incentive registration closes August 31. College football registration closes September 1. Volleyball registration closes September 9th.
Volleyball tryouts will be held August 22-25 for students in grades 7-8.
The Salem Women’s Football Association’s first flag football matches were held Sunday at McNary High.
The SWFA, which includes the Capital Pioneers football team in the spring, kicked off a short flag season for women in the Salem and Polk County areas.
Three teams will play at McNary. A fourth team that was slated for Dallas was unable to find enough players.
In opening week action, the West Salem Witches tied the Mean Girls (South Salem) 0-0, the Mean Girls beat the She Sharks (Keizer/North Salem) 12-6 and the She Sharks defeated the Witches 21-6.
The Central Panthers still have a few coaching spots open for the 2022-23 school year.
The Panthers will be looking for a new swimming coach to replace Jesse Genauldi, who has resigned.
Central must also replace softball coach Jessie Isham, who has also opted out.
While both positions are “open,” softball work is “on the back burner” and less urgent, athletic director Brett Baldwin said.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Spenser Watkins, a 29-year-old from western Oregon, made his first relief appearance of the season last week.
The Orioles changed their starting rotation to give rookie DL Hall his first major league start. Hall struggled in an 8-2 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.
Watkins came on with Baltimore trailing 5-2 and pitched three innings as the third of four Orioles pitchers. He allowed six hits and three runs, with one walk and one strikeout.
Hall was sent back to Triple-A Norfolk after the match, and Watkins was expected to return to starting duties this week.
He has 16 starts this year and a 4.23 ERA.
Freshman pro pitcher Matthew Dunaway performed light duty in pro ball last week.
Dunaway, who pitched the last two springs for Western Oregon, appeared in one game. He allowed one run on one hit and one walk, with one strikeout, in two innings as the Sioux Falls Canaries lost 7-4 to the Lake Country DockHounds.
A 6-2, 195-pounder from Mililani, Hawaii, Dunaway relieved 20 times for Sioux Falls. He is 3-1 and has a 2.38 ERA, with 29 strikeouts and eight walks.
The Canaries are 31-47 in the two-division, 12-team American Association, which partners with Major League Baseball. The AA has teams in nine states (Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana and Texas), as well as a team in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.
Central High graduate Marlon Tuipulotu played as a backup in the defensive line but didn’t have a tackle when the Philadelphia Eagles opened their NFL preseason.
The Eagles lost 24-21 at home to the New York Jets. Philadelphia led 14-0 midway through the first quarter. New York won on a touchdown with 16 seconds left in the game.
Tuipulotu had a good training camp and is aiming to make the team for the second straight year since finishing his college career at USC.
The Eagles’ remaining preseason games are Aug. 21 at home at the Cleveland Browns and Aug. 27 at the Miami Dolphins.
Philadelphia opens its regular season with a road game Sept. 11 against the Detroit Lions.
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