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THE ASTORIAN • SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2019
Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
AP Photo/Jack Dempsey
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Jake Luton high-ﬁ ves fans after beating Colorado.
Justin Herbert talks to reporters.
wants to see
By ANNE M. PETERSON
UGENE — When Justin
Herbert looks at the arc of
his career at Oregon, he
sees it through the lens of
the team as a whole.
The Ducks went
4-8 under Mark Hel-
frich in Herbert’s fresh-
man year. Then there
was Willie Taggart’s
lone season at the helm
before Mario Cristobal
led a more united Oregon to a 9-4
record last year.
That growth is one of the rea-
sons Herbert returned for his
“I came here and we weren’t
a great football team. We were
kind of a group of individu-
als that year,” he said. “I think
the past couple of years we’ve
done a really good job of coming
together and becoming a team.”
While Herbert has grown more
comfortable taking on a lead-
ership role and speak-
ing to the media, he
has always shied away
from discussing indi-
ments — preferring
instead to keep it about
But those accom-
plishments are considerable, and
he’s among the reasons Oregon
was picked to ﬁ nish atop the Pac-
12 North in the league’s presea-
son media poll. The Ducks edged
Washington by a point.
See Ducks, Page A7
Oregon State QB
By ANNE M. PETERSON
ORVALLIS — Oregon
State quarterback Jake
Luton is getting one more
chance in a career marred by
Luton was granted a
sixth year of eligibility
by the NCAA and he is
competing — again —
to be the Beavers’ starter.
His approach is to keep
“I’m just trying to stay healthy
and just trying to be consistent
throughout the year. I’m not try-
ing to light up any record books
or anything like that,” the 6-foot-7
quarterback said. “I want to put the
team in position to win games and
make sure I’m on the ﬁ eld. If I can
do those two things I think we’ll
have a good year.”
Luton has been limited by inju-
ries to just nine starts since he trans-
ferred to Oregon State in 2017.
During his ﬁ rst season in Corval-
lis, he missed eight games after
he injured his spine in a
game at Washington
He played in eight
games with ﬁ ve starts
last year but was ham-
pered by a concussion and
an ankle injury.
His main competition this year
is redshirt sophomore Tristan Geb-
bia, who sat out last season after
transferring from Nebraska. The
QB competition is something of a
preseason ritual for Luton.
See Beavers, Page A7
Former Astoria, Knappa players star in West Coast League
By GARY HENLEY
A weekend series between the Cowlitz
Black Bears and the Portland Pickles will
have a little added interest for followers of
Clatsop County baseball.
The two baseball teams — which play
in the West Coast League — will face each
other for a three-game series Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday at Portland’s Walker
Fans can watch or listen to the games
live on the ofﬁ cial websites for the two
The Black Bears and the Pickles just
happen to have ex-Knappa Loggers on
their rosters this summer. Class of 2018
Knappa grads Kaleb “Bubba” Miller and
Dale Takalo have spent the last two months
playing in the WCL, Miller with the Port-
land Pickles and Takalo with Cowlitz.
Injuries have kept Miller out of the
lineup, as the catcher played in just ﬁ ve
games last spring as a freshman at Clark
College. He has appeared in four games
this summer for the Pickles, including a 6-5
win June 8 at Cowlitz, in which Miller had
a single and scored a run, and got to face
his former Logger teammate.
Takalo took the mound with two outs in
the top of the seventh inning of that game,
and retired Miller on a ﬂ yout to right ﬁ eld.
The Pickles eventually scored the win,
while Cowlitz head coach Grady Tweit and
assistant Justin Parrish were both tossed
out of the game.
appeared in 13 games, and has pitched 19
and two-thirds innings, with 12 strikeouts,
nine walks and a 6.40 earned run average.
He currently has an 0-1 record, with one
His latest action was Thursday night,
pitching the sixth and seventh innings in
a 3-1 win over Yakima Valley. He gave up
two hits with two strikeouts.
Arnsdorf a shining Knight
The Corvallis Knights also compete in
the West Coast League, and feature former
Astoria pitcher Jackson Arnsdorf.
A junior at Corban College, Arnsdorf
is getting plenty of mound action for the
Knights this summer.
Through July 31, the 6-foot-4, 215-
pound Arnsdorf has pitched just over 31
innings, and has a 5-1 record, with four
starts. He also sports one of the top ERAs
(1.43) on the Corvallis pitching staff.
In one of his best games this summer,
Arnsdorf pitched ﬁ ve scoreless innings in a
5-2 win over Yakima Valley on June 28 at
Goss Stadium in Corvallis. He allowed just
two hits with ﬁ ve strikeouts and one walk,
and lowered his ERA to 0.61.
Originally a 10-day signee, Arnsdorf
earned a full-time roster spot after that
“The ﬁ rst inning I fell behind a couple
times and they put some balls in play, but
luckily they weren’t making solid contact,”
said Arnsdorf, second on the Corvallis team
with ﬁ ve victories. “The location of my
running fastball, my cutter was the big dif-
ference, with swings and misses, foul balls,
and weak contact.”
Signing with Corvallis in June, Arns-
dorf said, “I had nothing to lose. I thought,
‘whatever happens, happens.’ Going out
and playing like you have nothing to lose
has been the key. I had somewhat of an idea
what to expect playing for the Knights, and
it’s been awesome, my favorite ballclub.
Everything has exceeded my expectations.”
The WCL is the premier summer colle-
giate baseball league west of the Missis-
sippi. The professionally operated wood
bat league showcases pro prospects from
major conferences around the nation.
Ninety alums and current players of
WCL teams were selected in the 2019 MLB
Draft, including No. 1 overall pick Adley
Rutschman from Oregon State.
I N R E A L E S TAT E
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Lynch gets revenge as Seahawks top Broncos
By TIM BOOTH
SEATTLE — Paxton Lynch threw for one
score and ran for another against his former
team as part of an impressive second-half per-
formance, leading the Seattle Seahawks to a
22-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Thurs-
Competing with Geno Smith for the backup
job behind Russell Wilson, Lynch made up
for some shaky moments during the ﬁ rst two
weeks of training camp by leading Seattle on
a trio of second-half scoring drives using both
his arm and legs to move Seattle’s offense.
Lynch was 11 of 15 for 109 yards and
added another 38 yard rushing. He hit 6-foot-
5, undrafted free agent Jazz Ferguson on a
6-yard TD in the third quarter, and added a
9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by
bulling through Denver defenders at the goal
Lynch was a former ﬁ rst-round pick of the
Broncos in 2016, only to be released before the
start of last season and spent the year out of
Lynch and Smith split duties in the opener
with Wilson spending the evening as a spec-
tator. Smith was asked to face a good chunk
of Denver’s starting defense initially, includ-
ing Von Miller, but even against reserves the
night was a struggle for the veteran as Seattle’s
reserve offensive line couldn’t consistently
give Smith time in the pocket.
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