Roseburg rallies again to win in Legion Series
Vince Ampi hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to help Dr. Stewart’s of Roseburg beat Moline, Ill., 9-7 at the American Legion World Series in Spokane, Wash., Sunday.
Ampi’s homer highlighted a 6-run fifth inning that overcame a 5-1 deficit. After Moline rallied to tie the score at 7-all in the top of the sixth, Dr. Stewart’s scored twice in the bottom of the inning off a throwing error and an RBI fly out by Ampi.
Roseburg won despite five errors, which pushed its tournament total to 17 in three games.
The Docs improved to 35-14 on the season and will play again Monday at 4 p.m. for a chance to play in the championship round – where they would need to win twice.
DOCS RALLY FOR BIG WIN
Brandon Jackson did it again.
Five days after pitching Dr. Stewart’s of Roseburg into the American Legion World Series, Jackson survived a brutal encounter with Chesapeake, Va., 11-10, on the second day of games Saturday.
Jackson not only went the distance, throwing 136 pitches, but doubled home the winning run with two out in the bottom of the eighth.
Jackson, who went the distance in the Northwest Region final, got three fly outs in the ninth and the Docs eliminated Chesapeake, which had lost to Midwest City, Okla., 18-2, on Friday.
Jackson, who went the distance in a 6-3 win over Kelso, Wash., on Monday, gave up 12 hits and five unearned runs after his defense committed five errors.
The Docs trailed 8-4 in the seventh, but scored six times to take a 10-8 lead. Jackson’s double came in his lone at-bat, having sat in favor of a designated hitter for most of the game.
Dr. Stewart’s, which lost 13-6 to Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, advanced to a Sunday game needing to win to stay in the tournament.
Since July 24, Dr. Stewart’s is 13-2.
DR. STEWART'S REACHES WORLD SERIES
Roseburg's Dr. Stewart's American Legion baseball team is the Northwest Regional champion after dispatching Pacific Tech of Kelso, WA, 6-3 in the championship game Monday at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
The Docs (33-13) took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning and never trailed as Brandon Jackson threw a complete game, allowing five hits and no walks. He struck out five Pacific Tech batters.
Kelso (33-16) chipped away at a 6-0 Dr. Stewart's advantage late in the game but it wasn't enough as Johnny Farrington led the way at the plate for the Docs, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBIs. Cameron Newell and Austin Stone each had two hits for the Roseburg club. Kyle Jaukkuri tripled while Mitch Huff and Jered Stoffal each doubled for the Docs.
Kelso committed five errors in the contest, which proved costly when coupled with the timely hitting of the Roseburg squad. Jaukkuri made the final out of the tournament with a catch in left field that set off a celebration with Roseburg players dog piling and congratulating each other, coaches, parents and fans.
The Roseburg Docs (33-13) will stay in Spokane to take the short trip east to Avista Stadium on Friday where they will play Central Plains Region 6 champ Eden Prairie (Minn.) (35-7) at about 8 p.m. in the last of four openers.
Jackson (10-1) collected his second win in as many starts in the regional and was named the most valuable player. He went the distance in the Docs’ opening 18-3 run-rule shortened win over Wausau (Wis.) and came back Monday to throw all nine innings. He finished with a 1.65 earned run average in the tourney while opponents batted just .209 against him.
Docs centerfielder Cameron Newell, who is headed to Oregon State University, led Roseburg at the plate in the tourney, hitting .563 including two hits in the final.