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American Legion Baseball: Docs drop third straight, head for California

June 29, 2017 GMT

GRANTS PASS — Decent pitching wasn’t enough for Dr. Stewart’s on Tuesday as the Docs dropped an Area 4 doubleheader to the Grants Pass Nuggets 6-1 and 10-3 at All Sports Park.

“It was just a bad deal all around,” said Docs coach Scott Shaver. “We take yesterday to play way under where we should be. We get good pitching performances from Cody Johnson and Braxton Beerbohm, and we don’t field the ball behind them and we don’t hit.”

The losses drop the Docs (7-10) to 5-7 in Area 4 play and four games behind the Nuggets (9-7, 6-2) in the league standings.

The Docs committed five errors in the twin bill, and managed just 10 hits. All of their runs in Game 2 came from two swings of the bat by Cody Gray. The South Umpqua graduate hit a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run blast in the fourth, giving him the team lead in that category.

“We had a couple other kids hit the ball hard at people — we’re still playing ‘at-’em ball’ at the moment,” said Shaver. “Grants Pass is a decent team and we gave them every opportunity to beat us.”

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Dr. Stewart’s left early this morning for Fairfield, California, to play in the Western Amateur Baseball Federation Championships at Laurel Creek Park. The Docs open with a 7 p.m. game today against the host Expos.

“It’ll be a good trip for us,” Shaver said. “We just need to find a way to play through some mistakes and learn to shut down the big innings we’ve been giving up lately.”

The Docs surrendered a three-run inning in the first game with Grants Pass and a five-run frame in Game 2. In Sunday’s loss to the Portland Barbers, they gave up five-, three- and four-run innings.

“It’s a learning moment, just like any other,” said Shaver. “We need to figure out a way to right the ship and get it going. It’ll be nice to take this break from league and play in Fairfield.”

Tuesday’s losses left the Docs with a three-game losing streak, coming on the heals of their first three-game winning streak. They have about two weeks to fix their woes before returning to Area 4 play at Medford on July 11. The next home game for Dr. Stewart’s is a nonleague doubleheader with the Canyon Crushers on July 8.

First Game

Dr.Stewart’s 000 000 1 — 1 4 2

Grants Pass 120 030 x — 6 9 2

C. Johnson, Dahl (6) and Te. Jacks; Boivin and Kissel. WP — Boivin. LP — C. Johnson. 2B — Lucido (DS), Kissel (GP), Zavolta (GP).

Second Game

Dr.Stewart’s 010 200 0 — 3 6 3

Grants Pass 051 211 x —10 13 2

McKnight, Beerbohm (2) and Gray, Te. Jacks (6); Bastendorff, Norberg (6) and Bartlett. WP — Bastendorff. LP — McKnight. HR — Gray 2 (DS). 2B — Mandera (DS), Kissel (GP), Norberg (GP), Perkins (GP), Zavolta (GP).