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Columbia Basin Riverdogs 17U squad extend winning streak over the weekend

by CASEY MCCARTHY
Staff Writer | June 28, 2020 9:58 PM

ELLENSBURG — Columbia Basin Riverdogs 17U extended its winning streak over the weekend in Ellensburg. The Riverdogs moved to 10-4 on the summer after collecting six more wins.

In the first game of a doubleheader against Dragons Elite 16U Green, the Riverdogs came back late to pick up a 7-5 victory.

After taking a brief one-run lead heading into the fourth inning, Dragons Elite Green poured in three runs over the fourth and fifth innings to pull ahead 5-3. The Riverdogs responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead for good.

Cooper Correia finished 3-4 from the plate in the win, while Jett Nelson and Peyton Juarez both added multiple hits as well. Nelson led the team with a pair of RBIs.

Game 2 on Friday featured a massive outpouring of runs from the Riverdogs in the second inning on their way to a comfortable 20-1 victory.

Columbia Basin scored 19 runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach quickly Friday afternoon. Dragons Elite Green took a run back in the third, but were unable to match the scoring barrage of the Riverdogs, who picked up the win after four innings.

The Riverdogs out-hit their opponents 14-6 in the win, with five players recording multiple hits. Carson Janke and Nelson led the team with three RBIs apiece.

After a blowout victory to end the day on Friday, the Riverdogs found themselves in a nail-biter against NW Bandits 16U on Saturday. A second-inning score put the Columbia Basin squad down 1-0 early. The Riverdogs managed to match the Bandits’ three-run fifth inning to maintain just a one-run deficit heading into the final stretch.

Still trailing in the bottom of the seventh, an error late helped the Riverdogs bring in the winning pair of runs to take the game in walk-off fashion, 5-4.

Seth Olson was one of three Riverdogs to manage multiple hits in the dramatic win on Saturday, adding a team-leading two RBIs as well.

The Riverdogs wrapped up their tilt in Ellensburg with their eighth consecutive win, taking down Dragons Elite 16U Blue with a 12-3 win.

Dragons Elite Blue took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, with the Riverdogs trimming the deficit to just one run in the third. A 10-run barrage in the top of the fourth helped the Columbia Basin squad cap off their weekend on the right note, taking the win after five innings.

Blaine MacDonald and Juarez each notched a pair of hits, including a triple for Juarez, as the Riverdogs outhit their opponents 9-3 in the win Sunday afternoon.