NORTH BEND — A pair of brilliant pitching performances carried North Coos to another doubleheader sweep Friday, as the Waterfront beat Phoenix 2-1 and 11-4 at Clyde Allen Field.
North Coos' Brendon Roberts slides safely into second base for a steal as Phoenix shortstop Justin Wilcox fumbles a throw from home Friday at …
Mane Freeman pitched a two-hitter in the opener and Kyle Barnes allowed just three hits in the first six innings of the nightcap as North Coos stretched its win streak to 11 in a row.
“I was pretty impressed with Freeman there in the first one,” North Coos coach Brad Horning said of Freeman’s effort, which included nine strikeouts. “It’s pretty tough to strike out guys in July.”
And Barnes got ahead of most of the batters he faced with first-pitch strikes.
“It was another impressive outing by him,” Horning said.
The first game was a pitching duel between Freeman and Phoenix’s Freedom Martinez, who allowed eight hits, but limited North Coos to single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
In the fourth, Freeman had a lead-off single and Brendon Roberts later added an RBI single.
In the fifth, August Baker had a one-out single, Dallas McGill followed with a single and Lucas Moe dropped a suicide squeeze.
Phoenix got its run in the fifth, without a hit.
Baker finished with two hits in the win.
Freeman said the first game was fun, the type that North Coos might see later this month when it hosts the Legion A State Tournament.
“There’s not really a whole lot of room for error,” he said.
Freeman said he thrived by keeping the ball low in the strike zone and with good play by his defense.
North Coos only had one error in the opener and Phoenix none
That changed in the second game, though, when Phoenix had five errors in the first two innings as North Coos built a quick 6-0 lead.
Jayden Frank had four runs in the nightcap, Bridger Holmes had four RBIs and Ian Spalding had three hits.
Phoenix pitchers walked seven batters and hit two, in addition to the defense committing six errors.
North Coos started the first with a walk to Jake Simmons. He moved to third on a bad pickoff move — the first error — and scored on a fly ball to right by Frank that was dropped for the second error.
Frank, who went to third on a wild pitch, later scored with some nifty base running.
Holmes walked with two outs and never stopped at first, rounding the bag and taking off for second. That drew a throw from the Phoenix pitcher and while the infielders were trying to get Holmes out, Frank scooted home with the second run.
“I was supposed to get in a pickle,” Holmes said. “It worked the way it was supposed to.”
After North Coos only scored two runs in the first game, getting two early in the second contest was big, he said.
It was important to get a run there,” Holmes said.
In the second inning, Barnes walked, Spalding hit a single, Simmons and Frank both reached on errors and Holmes hit a two-run single as four runs scored.
In the fourth, North Coos got three runs when Frank was hit by a pitch, Holmes had a one-out RBI single, Corbin White and Barnes walked, Spalding hit his third singled of the game and Simmons was hit by a pitch.
The final two runs for North Coos came in the fifth, when Frank and Moe singled and later scored on groundouts by Holmes and Hayden Wisehart.
Barnes was cruising along, meanwhile, until the fourth, when Phoenix scored its first two runs as part of a five-pitch inning. Mason Stella and Coby Aldrich hit singles on the first two pitches, Ethan Humble was safe on an error off a bunt that allowed Stella to score, Justin Wilcox hit an RBI groundout on the first pitch he saw and Logan Jenkins hit into a double play.
Phoenix later added single runs in the sixth and the seventh, but had just four hits in the game, giving the Pirates seven for the doubleheader.
“We’re playing good,” Freeman said. “We’re hitting the ball, fielding and pitching good.
“It definitely feels nice.”
North Coos improved to 14-2 in Area 4 North Division play and 17-2 overall.
The Waterfront hosts Hidden Valley on Monday and Roseburg Pepsi on Wednesday and visits Brookings on Thursday.
North Coos 2, Phoenix 1
Freedom Martinez and Colton Merriman; Mane Freeman and Seth Cheser.
North Coos 11, Phoenix 4
Mason Stella, Coby Aldrich (4), Justin Wilcox (5) and Branden Zanni; Kyle Barnes, Seth Cheser (7) and Ian Spalding.