It was a fitting end to the regular season for the Roseburg Indians. Josh Graham and Jared Priestley each pitched shutout wins over Grants Pass to officially give the Indians their fourth straight conference title.
In game one, Graham allowed just four hits and struck out 12 hitters in a 9-0 win. Roseburg scored three runs in the second inning started by an RBI triple from Kody Matthews. Connor Kahle plated Matthews on a single through the middle.
The Indians added five runs in the fourth inning when Grants Pass starter Cameron Matthews struggled with his command and walked three hitters and gave up four hits. Roseburg sent 10 hitters to the plate during the inning and put away the game.
Graham improved his record to 8-1 on the season and lowered his stellar ERA to 0.81 and increased his strikeout total to 95. The senior is averaging nearly two strikeouts an inning and has only given up 10 walks all year.
Priestley was equally as impressive in his start. The righty gave up only five hits and struck out nine in his outing. Priestley lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.50 and improved to 7-0 this year. Roseburg scored runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to sweep Grants Pass 7-0.
Mike Morin led the Indians offensively, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI. The Indians improved to 21-2 overall and finished the conference season 11-1. Grants Pass finished the league season in last place with a 2-10 record.
Roseburg now waits for the OSAA to fill out the 32-team bracket to find out their first round opponent in the playoffs. The Indians were in first in the OSAA power rankings headed into the weekend and will likely stay at the top. Roseburg, Crater, and North Medford are the automatic qualifiers for the Southern Oregon Conference. South Medford and Grants Pass will take part in play-in games by May 17.
The Indians will play their first round game at home on May 21 against an opponent to be named after the play-in games on May 17.
Grants Pass 000 000 0 0 4 1
Roseburg 039 510 x 9 8 0
WP – Josh Graham (8-1)
LP – Cameron Matthews
Grants Pass 000 000 0 0 5 1
Roseburg 002 131 x 7 9 0
WP – Jared Priestley (7-0)
LP – Chris Ingledue
After the game I spoke with five of the eight seniors on the Indians squad this year (two had to leave to get ready in time for Prom night festivities). Josh Graham, Boog Leach, Tanner Townsend, Connor Newell, and Jared Priestley share their thoughts on their final league game, who’s got the best tux for prom, and reminisce on their time at Roseburg High School.
STATS (Thru May 13)