The Oregon Ducks avoided the hammer today. The NCAA has taken away a scholarship and placed the Ducks football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under former coach Chip Kelly. Oregon avoided a bowl ban and other serious sanctions…..Starling Marte hit two of the Pirates fiver homers in a 9-4 win over Seattle last night. The M’s host Pittsburgh in a day game today, KLOG 11:30 am…..The Klamath Falls Gems beat the Cowlitz Black Bears 6-5 in 10 innings last night. Devyn Bolasky had four hits for the bears. The series finale is tonight at 6:35 pm…..Former Kelso athlete and former LCC assistant baseball coach Seth Johnson has been hired as head baseball coach at Hudson’s Bay High School. Johnson was assistant for state 4A champ Skyview this past season.