Summer is here and for some athletes that means its time for baseball. And if you’re a member of the Mid-Coast Dungies Legion Baseball team, you’re going to be playing a lot of baseball.
Based out of Newport, the Dungies are sponsored by American Legion Post 116 and are supported by the local Dungeness crab fishery. Although their home games are played at Frank Wade Park in Newport, the roster is heavily composed of Taft 7-12 players both current and former.
On the try-out based team, 2018 Taft alumni Jack Stempel, Caleb King and Josh Salsbery play in key spots for the Dungies. Also on the squad are recent grad Tyee Fisher and soon to be senior Eli DeMello.
There is no shortage of playing time for the Tigers as the team will play over 40 games in less than two months. The Dungies opened up play on June 11 with a practice game against the Newport Cubs. The Mid-Coast squad took an easy 13-5 win and followed it up with a pair of victories over the Eastside Cutters Legion team in Portland on June 12. Feeling good after a 3-0 start, the Dungies ran into a whole new level of competition when they welcomed the Post 20 Dirtbags Legion team to Newport on June 17. The Dirtbag team is based out of Monmouth and their roster is composed of players from much larger schools than the coast.
With Salsbery manning shortstop and DeMello playing catcher in game one, the Dungies were unable to get the bats going to keep up with the Dirtbags as they scored nearly every inning en route to an 8-2 victory. Stempel got the start on the mound in game two and looked solid early on as the Mid-Coast squad gained a 2-1 advantage after the first. But a two out rally in the second inning by the Dirtbags blew the game wide open and the visiting team cruised to an easy 12-2 victory.
The Dungies had another shot at the Dirtbags today in Monmouth during the midst of a nine game stretch in one week. The Dungies won’t be back playing in Newport until July 2, when they host the Corvallis Marketmen during a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.