Baker baseball swept
By GERRY STEELE
Ontario brought its big bats to the Baker Sports Complex Saturday.
The visiting Tigers hammered 28 hits, including a dozen for extra bases, to hand Baker a 15-2, 9-0 sweep in Greater Oregon League baseball action.
In Game 1, the Tigers had 17 hits off three Baker pitchers, including seven doubles.
Ontario used three hits, a Baker error, a hit batsman and a wild pitch to score three runs in the top of the first inning.
Four hits and a bases-loaded walk plated five more runs in the second inning.
Six hits and another Baker error added five more tallies in the third inning.
Baker scored its only runs in the fourth inning.
Dillon Blankenship and Colten Richards each singled. Both later scored on an Ontario error.
Ontario closed out the scoring with two runs in the fifth.
Sam Averett took the loss on the mound. Richards had two of Baker’s four hits.
Ontario again exploded early in the second game, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning.
Five hits and a Baker error accounted for the runs.
The Tigers added two runs each in the third and fourth innings.
Nate Baeth took the loss on the mound.
Baker managed just three hits, and got no runners past second base.
The Bulldogs (3-5 overall and 0-2 in the GOL) travel to Hermiston Tuesday for a single nonleague game. Baker then plays Mac-Hi in a GOL doubleheader Friday at Milton-Freewater.
Sather, Baker (5) and Machuca. Averett, Custer (2), Younger (4) and Cline. WP — Sather. LP —Avrett.
Ontario hits —Nakamura 3, Reever 2, Machuca 4, Sather, Baker 2, T. Alexander 3, Grove, A. Alexander. Ontario RBI —Nakamura, Reever, Sather 3, Baker, T. Alexander 5, Grove.
Baker hits —Richards 2, Hessel, Blankenship. Baker RBI —none.
2B —Nakamura, Reever, Machuca, Baker 2, T. Alexander, A. Alexander, Richards.
T. Alexander and Machuca. Baeth, Cline (4) and Cline, Mespelt (4). WP — T. Alexander. LP —Baeth.
Ontario hits —Nakamura 2, Reever 2, Machuca, Baker, Sather, T. Alexander 3, Grove. Ontario RBI —Reever, Baker, Sather 2, T. Alexander 2, Navarette, Grove.
Baker hits —Averett, Blankenship, Younger. Baker RBI —none.
2B —Reveer, Machuca, T. Alexander 2, Blankenship. HR —Sather.