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RHS BASEBALL HISTORY

            This sport was inaugurated at RHS in 1941, according the the 1942 annual.  Coach Howard “Hod” Turner was the baseball coach in 1941 and continued until 1944.

            In 1944, Mel Ingram joined the coaching staff.  Mel coached baseball from 1945-47.  (Note:  Mel Ingram moved on to Grants Pass in the fall of 1947, where he became legendary with his coaching).

           

            In 1953, Bill Harper became head/assistant baseball coach for the next 10 years.  Coach Harper eventually became head coach of the American Legion Team.

            Don Severson began his head coaching stint in 1964 and continued to 1976.  Jerry Droscher became Severson’s assistant in 1965 and then headed up the varsity baseball program from 1982-1988.

            Ron Goodell took over the helm of varsity baseball coach from 1989-2002.  Ron had 14 straight winning seasons compiling a record of 246-116, with 4 league championships.

John Thomas has assisted in the baseball program at various times from 1977-2006.  Today, Troy Thompson has been with the program for 4 years.

            Baseball has been played in many different field locations.  Before 1940, the baseball field was located where the new grandstands were constructed.  Due to a conflict with track and the track curbs, baseball was moved to the west corner where the vocational building sits.

            Baseball, as seen through the yearbook pictures, appears to have moved from the high school to Legion Field, to the Fir Grove complex, and then back to Legion Field.

            In 1976 and 1979, the AAA/AA State Championship baseball games were played at Legion Field.  In 1997, the 2A/1A championship game was played at Legion Field between Yoncalla and Riddle (Yoncalla won 5-1).

 

Year
     Overall
League Record
League Finish
Coaches
1941
Howard “Hod” Turner
1942
Hod Turner
1943
Hod Turner
1944
Hod Turner
1945

Mel Ingram

1946

Mel Ingram

1947

Mel Ingram

1948
George Erickson
1949
Coach West
1950
Champions
1
Coach West
1951
Ray Stephens
1952
Hal Zurcher/Bill Reder
1953
Bill Harper/ Dick Ballantyne
1954
 Bill Harper
1955
5-5
3-2
 Bill Harper
1956
7-8-1
3-3
 Bill Harper
1957
14-11-1
10-6
Don White/Harper
1958
13-7
8-6
Bill Harper
1959
9-6
6-4
Harper/Art Thompson
1960
3-11
3-8
5
Bill Harper
1961
8-6-1
5-4
3
Bill Harper
1962
12-8
5-5
4
Bill Harper
1963
12-5
8-0
1
Bill Harper
1964
20-7
8-0
1
Don Severson
1965
18-8
5-3
1
Dont Severson/ Asst. Jerry Droscher
1966
17-11
5-3
2
Don Severson
1967
15-10
8-9
4
Don Severson
1968
20-13
10-10
3
Don Severson
1969
18-13
11-9
3
Don Severson
1970
24-8
12-8
2
Don Severson
1971
21-8
15-5
4
Don Severson
1972
15-11
8-10
3
Don Severson
1973
14-7
7-13
3
Don Severson
1974
13-14
8-10
2
Don Severson
1975
14-11
9-9
1
Don Severson
1976
10-17
9-11
5
Don Severson
1977
13-16
5-13
6
JohnThomas/ThurmanBell
1978
16-12
11-9
3
Thomas/Bell
1979
15-13
9-11
3
Thomas/Bell
1980
19-10
10-6
3
Mick Hunt/Ron Goodell
1981
15-10
9-8
4
Ron Edmonds/ Goodell
1982
19-4
13-3
2
Jerry Droscher/ Goodell
1983
18-4
13-3
2
Jerry Droscher/ Goodell
1984
18-5
13-3
1
Jerry Droscher/ Goodell
1985
12-12
8-8
5
Jerry Droscher/ Goodell
1986
19-6
12-4
3
Jerry Droscher/ Goodell
1987
17-9
17-9
5
Thurman Bell/ Goodell
1988
23-5
15-3
1
Jerry Droscher/ Goodell
1989
22-3
18-2
1
Ron Goodell/JohnThomas
1990
23-8
12-4
2
Goodell/ Thomas
1991
12-11
5-11
7
Goodell/ Thomas
1992
21-7
12-4
1
Goodell/ Thomas
1993
16-7
11-4
1
Goodell/ Thomas
1994
12-10
6-10
7
Goodell/ Thomas
1995
15-10
9-7
3
Goodell/ Thomas
1996
14-10
7-9
5
Goodell/ Thomas
1997
19-10
11-5
2
Goodell/ Thomas
1998
13-8
9-7
4
Goodell/ Thomas
1999
20-7
8-6
1
Goodell/ Thomas
2000
17-10
8-6
4
Goodell/ Thomas
2001
20-8
8-6
4
Goodell/ Thomas
2002
22-7
8-6
3
Goodell/ Thomas
2003
14-12
8-6
4
Troy Thompson/Thomas
2004
13-13
10-11
4
Troy Thompson/Thomas
2005
23-7
19-2
1
Troy Thompson/Thomas
2006
24-2
20-1
1
Troy Thompson/Thomas
2007
18-7
14-4
3
Troy Thompson/Thomas
2008 19-6 12-3 2nd Troy Thompson
2009 21-6 12-3 1st Troy Thompson
2010 22-3 14-1 1st Troy Thompson