Reedsport High School has had a phenomenal baseball program the past few years, and key to that has been growth during the summer.
This year, five Reedsport players hope to use their time with the North Coos American Legion team to build their individual skills.
“It’s going to really help us with next year,” said AJ Stoltey. “It’s going to build us up.”
North Coos combines the two teams that had the best regular seasons during the high school season, the Sunset Conference champion Brave, who lost only to Far West League champion North Bend, which makes up the bulk of the North Coos roster.
Not surprisingly, the combined team also is faring well. Through the weekend, North Coos was 17-2 on the season and on an 11-game win streak since its only two losses, both to Roseburg Pepsi.
The Reedsport players all have played a significant roles in the team’s success.
They include Stoltey, Hayden Wisehart, Dallas McGill, Kyle Barnes and Javier Analco.
McGill, Barnes and Stoltey all have taken turns on the mound during the season. All five have been position players as well.
During a nonleague sweep at North Eugene last week, McGill struck out 10 batters in five innings and also drove in two runs during the opening 9-3 win.
In the nightcap, Analco and McGill both had doubles and they and Barnes and Wisehart scored runs during a six-run third inning. Wisehart later had a two-run single in North Coos’ 8-4 win.
The next day, they all played in a nonleague win over Brookings, and later in the week contributed in a sweep over Phoenix.
McGill had a single to help set up one of the runs in North Coos’ 2-1 win in the opener.
Barnes pitched a gem in the nightcap for six innings, allowing just three hits in a 11-4 win. Wisehart had an RBI grounder.
North Coos, which will host the Legion A State Tournament at the end of the month at Clyde Allen Field, has been on a roll.
“We’ve just been on our game,” Stoltey said.
A key has been the cross-team chemistry.
“We just get along really well,” Analco said.
The Reedsport players are gaining invaluable experience, both because of the different coaching perspectives from the North Coos coaches and because of quality of the opposition.
We see better pitching down here,” Analco said.
North Coos faced Hidden Valley on Monday and got a shot at revenge against Roseburg Pepsi at Clyde Allen Field on Wednesday.
After a nonleague game at Brookings on Thursday, North Coos finishes the regular season with a home doubleheader against Dr. Randol’s on Sunday and a twin bill at Phoenix on Tuesday.