LA GRANDE — Two of Baker’s three Little League all-star baseball teams advanced to the semifinals at the District 3 tournament Tuesday, but none of the three made it to the championship game.
9- & 10-year-olds
Baker beat the Hermiston Americans 13-12 on Monday to advance to the semifinals.
Timely hitting was the key to the win, Baker coach Kevin Logsdon said.
Untimely errors cost Baker, though, in a 7-1 loss to La Grande in a semifinal game on Tuesday.
“We had some errors you just can’t make in the semifinals and win,” Logsdon said.
10- & 11-year-olds
Baker was tied 8-8 with La Grande in the fourth inning Monday, but La Grande got some key hits and pulled away to a 15-9 win to deny Baker a berth in the semifinals.
Baker pitcher Dwight Beatty was named player of the game.
11- & 12-year-olds
Baker advanced to the semifinals via a bye after Wallowa Valley pulled out of the tournament.
Baker lost 11-3 to La Grande in a semifinal game Tuesday.
Kyler Hester made a diving catch in left field for the third out in the first inning, after Ethan Jensen at shortstop made the first two outs.
Dyson Dollarhide made a great catch in center field in the second inning.
Mason VanArsdall hit a ball to the fence, and Max Rohner had an RBI double in the third inning.
Rohner got caught in a rundown between second and third base but he slid safely into third.
Baker coach Mike Skidgel praised his players, saying they “have serious heart and sportsmanship.”