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Baker baseball nips Burns
By GERRY STEELE
Four Baker pitchers outdueled Burns Tuesday on the way to a 4-3 nonleague baseball win at Burns.
Mason Cline, Kody Younger, Caleb Custer and Dillon Blankenship threw for the Bulldogs. Cline got the win and Blankenship a save.
“It was a pretty well played game,” said Baker coach Dan Blankenship.
“We executed pretty well. And, the game ended with a pitcher’s best friend (double play).”
Trailing 2-0, Baker scored three runs in the third inning.
Darren Dolby got things started with a bunt single. Cline reached base on an error and Sam Averett singled. Dolby scored when Blankenship hit into a fielder’s choice. Braden Phillips added an RBI single and Younger a sacrifice fly.
Baker added what proved to be the winning run in the top of the sixth.
Dolby and Averett were hit by pitches sandwiched around a walk to Cline, loading the bases. Blankenship then drew another walk to drive home Dolby.
Baker (8-7 overall) returns to Greater Oregon League action Saturday with a doubleheader at Ontario. Game 1 starts at 1 p.m. MDT.
Cline, Younger (3), Custer (5), Blankenship (7) and Mespelt, Cline (3). WP — Cline. S —Blankenship.
Baker hits —Averett, Phillips, Younger, Custer, Dolby. Baker RBI —Blankenship 2, Phillips, Younger.