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Baker softball splits with Mac-Hi
By GERRY STEELE
Baker had to settle for a split with Mac-Hi in a Greater Oregon League softball doubleheader at Milton-Frewater Friday.
Mac-Hi used three Baker errors to pull out a 3-1 win in Game 1. Baker bounced back to with the second game 5-1.
The split leaves Baker 3-1 in GOL play and 6-4 overall.
“We’re happy to get a split over there,” said Baker coach Al McCauley.
Leading 1-0 in the opener, Mac-Hi used the three Bulldogs miscues to add two runs in the fourth inning and take a 3-0 lead.
Baker got one run back in the fourth on a solo home run from Sierra Howerton.
The Bulldogs had 10 hits in the game, but couldn’t bunch them together to score runs.
Darryn McCauley was the losing pitcher despite throwing a three-hitter.
Baker added 10 more hits in Game 2.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
Howerton led off with a single and Darion Grove reached base on an error. McCauley then grounded into a fielder’s choice before Jessi Stephens singled.
Stephanie Shepherd was hit by a pitch to drive home one run. Then, after Tasha Nelson hit into another fielder’s choice, Danielle Freese singled home the second run.
Baker went up 3-1 in the fourth after Howerton singled and came home on a McCauley triple.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the seventh. McCauley walked and Stephens and Shepherd sinled to load the bases. The two runs scored on a double by Nelson.
Howerton got the win in the circle, and McCauley a save.
Baker hosts Weiser in a single nonleague game Tuesday at the Baker Sports Complex. The Bulldogs then travel to La Grande for a GOL twinbill Friday.
McCauley and Stephens. Erm and Kessler. WP — Erm. LP —McCauley.
Baker hits —Howerton, McCauley 3, Stephens 2, Grove 2, Shepherd 2. Baker RBI —Howerton.
Mac-Hi hits —Kessler, Kimball, Erm. Mac-Hi RBI —Kessler, Kimball.
2B —Shepherd, Kimball. HR —Howerton, Kessler.
Howerton, McCauley (5) and Stephens. Robert and Kessler. WP — Howerton. LP —Robert. S —McCauley.
Baker hits —Howerton 2, McCauley, Stephens 2, Nelson, Freese, McAdams. Baker RBI —McCauley, Nelson 2, Shepherd, Freese.
Mac-Hi hits —Carrillo, Reed, Kessler, Odman 2, Robert 3. Mac-Hi RBI —Odman.
2B —Nelson, Reed, Robert. 3B —McCauley.