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THE ASTORIAN • TuESdAy, July 2, 2019
Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
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Warrenton pitcher Austin Little struck out five and kept Churchill scoreless over the final six innings of the Warriors’ victory in Game 1.
split Sunday twinbill
ARRENTON — The War-
renton summer baseball team
improved its record to 9-2-1
over the weekend, with four more wins
as part of the Warrenton Challenge at
The Warriors highlighted the three-
day tourney with a doubleheader split
Sunday with Class 5A Churchill, with
a 5-1 victory followed by a 4-2 loss to
the Lancers, a 5A quarterfinalist in last
year’s state playoffs.
Austin Little tossed a complete game
in Sunday’s opener, scattering five hits
with five strikeouts and no walks.
Warrenton only had three hits, but
with Little’s pitching and a solid defense,
that’s all the Warriors needed.
A near-meltdown by the Lancers in
the first inning didn’t hurt.
The Warriors scored five runs on four
walks, two hit batters, a pair of errors
and a pickoff attempt that helped War-
renton score a run.
Both teams were scoreless over the
final six innings.
Warrenton grabbed a 1-0 lead in Game
2, as Gabe Breitmeyer sprinted home on
a ground ball by Ryan Hoagland.
But that would be the only Warrior
run until the sixth inning, while Chur-
chill scored twice in the second inning,
and a two-run homer by Dylan Carson
made it 4-1 in the third.
A big-time quarterback prospect for
the Lancers, Carson also had a double
and hit the ball hard in every at-bat.
After a scoreless fourth and fifth, the
Warriors loaded the bases with no outs in
the bottom of the sixth.
Hoagland’s single to shallow left
scored Jake Morrow, but Warrenton’s
potentially big inning came to a quick
end. One baserunner was thrown out at
the plate on a passed ball, and starting
pitcher Bryson Estrella struck out the
next two batters to end the inning.
The Warriors brought the tying and
game-winning run to the plate in the bot-
tom of the seventh, but Churchill reliever
Cho Tofte struck out the side to end the
“Looking at the big picture, we went
2-1 against two very good 5A pro-
grams,” said Warrenton coach Lennie
Wolfe. “They may be young and they
may have lost some seniors, but for
a tiny 3A school like we are, I’m very
pleased with where we’re at.
“Yes, we’re disappointed because we
didn’t get the sweep, but when we’re dis-
appointed at losing to a 5A state playoff
team, we have to keep it in perspective
about where the program’s at,” he said.
“We’re young too, but that only means
we’ve got lots of room for improvement
before next March.”
Warrenton did not play Saturday, after
opening the tournament with two wins
Friday — a 2-1 decision over Neah-
Kah-Nie and a 4-1 victory over Crescent
Warrenton had just three hits in the
opener against the Pirates, in which the
Warriors trailed 1-1 after five innings.
The Warriors tied the game in the bot-
tom of the sixth, then won it in the sev-
enth on a walk-off wild pitch.
Devin Jackson pitched a com-
plete-game, three-hitter against Crescent
Valley, striking out eight. He needed just
76 pitches to complete the game.
Offensively, the Warriors had just
four hits. Warrenton’s Austin Little had
a combined four hits in the two Friday
“We just played really solid defense,
and Devin pitched a fantastic game,”
said Wolfe, whose team hosts its annual
alumni game July 6, then takes part in a
Seaside tournament, July 11-13.
Lillard gets supermax deal, and NBA spending spree begins
By TIM REYNOLDS
Damian Lillard wasn’t a top-five
pick. Tobias Harris wasn’t a lottery
pick. Khris Middleton wasn’t even a
Their bank balances won’t know
the difference soon.
Free agency opened Sunday
with nearly $3 billion in deals get-
ting struck in the opening hours
— including Kyrie Irving offi-
cially picking Brooklyn, as has
been expected, but without any
word from Kawhi Leonard about
his future plans to either stay with
NBA champion Toronto or move
Lillard agreed to a $196 mil-
lion, four-year extension with Port-
land that will kick in for the 2021-22
season. Harris is staying in Philadel-
phia for $180 million over the next
five years and Middleton gave Mil-
waukee a bit of a discount in agree-
ing to a $178 million, five-year deal
— $12 million shy of what he could
Even injuries couldn’t derail the
Kevin Durant announced that
he’s leaving Golden State and join-
ing Brooklyn on a max deal —
which would be worth $164 million
MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside is
heading to the Portland Trail
Blazers, as the Miami Heat con-
tinue reshaping their roster.
The Heat have agreed to trade
Whiteside to the Trail Blazers
for Meyers Leonard and Moe
AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer
Damian Lillard drives against Golden State in the playoffs.
over four years, even though he’ll
miss next season with an Achilles
injury and could have gotten $221
million for five years from the War-
riors. And Kristaps Porzingis, who
hasn’t appeared in an NBA game
since Feb. 6, 2018 because of a knee
injury, will sign a $158 million, five-
year contract to stay with Dallas.
At least 10 players agreed to con-
tracts that will be worth $100 mil-
lion or more. Lillard, Harris, Mid-
dleton, Durant, Porzingis, Butler,
Kemba Walker ($141 million, four-
year deal with Boston), Irving, Al
Horford ($109 million, four years
from Philadelphia) and Nikola
Vucevic ($100 million, four years
with Orlando) were the big early
winners, with more likely to come.
Point guards did particularly
well, and will likely keep doing well.
Lillard, Irving and Walker guar-
anteed themselves nearly a half-bil-
lion dollars. Terry Rozier left Boston
for Charlotte — essentially the swap
for Walker — on what will be a $58
million, three-year deal that will be
completed via trade. Ricky Rubio
also cashed in, getting $51 million
for three years from the Phoenix
Whiteside is entering the final
season of a four-year, $98 mil-
lion contract. He lost his starting
spot to Bam Adebayo in the
second half of last season, but
figures to offer frontline depth
to a Trail Blazers team that lost
center Jusuf Nurkic to a broken
leg late last season.
Whiteside averaged 12.3 points
and a team-best 11.3 rebounds
last season, appearing in 72
games and starting 53 of those.
He also averaged only 23
minutes per game, and at times
expressed his displeasure about
not having a larger role.
But with Portland, he figures to
have a chance at starting right
Dane Gouge’s Astoria Ford
baseball team racked up 19 runs
and 19 hits in two games Thurs-
day at Tapiola Park, where the
Fishermen scored a double-
header sweep over Knappa, 10-3
In Game 1, Astoria Ford
scored six runs in the third inning
for all the runs it would need.
Ebin Hillard was 2-for-3 at
the plate, with a triple and five
RBIs. Adam Feldman also had
two hits and scored twice for
the Fishermen, who drew seven
walks and were hit by pitch four
Feldman picked up the win
on the mound, allowing four hits
in five innings, with six strike-
outs and five walks.
Astoria Ford committed five
errors in both games, but the
Fishermen collected 11 hits in
Game 2, while pitchers Dylan
Rush, Will Eddy and Brandon
Helligso combined on a six-hit-
ter, with 14 strikeouts and just
Rush struck out seven in two-
and-a-third innings. Leo Mat-
thews and Rush had three hits
apiece, with Rush driving in four
runs and scoring three times.
Drew Miller had two of
Knappa’s six hits in the second
AP Photo/Matt Slocum
Weston McKennie, right, celebrates
with Tyler Boyd after a goal.
US to play
PHILADELPHIA — The
United States was outplayed
during the second half by
79th-ranked Curacao but man-
aged to advance to the CONCA-
CAF Gold Cup semifinals with
a 1-0 win Sunday night behind
Weston McKennie’s goal in the
The defending champion
U.S. extended its Gold Cup
winning streak to nine and will
play Jamaica on Wednesday at
Nashville, Tennessee, in the
second semifinal, a night after
Mexico faces Haiti at Glendale,
Arizona. The U.S. reached the
semifinals for the 10th straight
Gold Cup and 14th in 15 overall.
Christian Pulisic, the Amer-
icans’ 20-year-old star mid-
fielder, captained the U.S. for
the second time and fed McK-
ennie for the goal. Pulisic cut in
from a flank and crossed, and
McKennie headed in the ball
from 4 yards for his second goal
in 12 international appearances.
The 30th-ranked Americans
have outscored opponents 12-0
in the tournament, the cham-
pionship of North and Central
America and the Caribbean, and
have held opponents scoreless
for 405 minutes overall.