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A special delivery home run


Submitted photo Former Baker City resident Todd Ellingson, left, caught a home run ball hit by fellow Oregonian Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Ellingson was with friends Jason Hashima, center, and Ted Chaplain of Portland.

Former Baker City resident catches a souvenir at Yankee Stadium

By Gerry Steele

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Most baseball fans watching ESPN’s “Sportscenter” Thursday evening or Friday morning probably saw Jacoby Ellsbury’s home run lift the New York Yankees to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

What most watchers probably didn’t notice was who caught Ellsbury’s homer in the upper deck of the right-field stands at the famous ballpark.

Ellsbury has Oregon ties in that he played for and graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis and is a graduate of Madras High School.

What made the scene Thursday evening so interesting is that the person who caught Ellsbury’s home run ball is Todd Ellingson, a 1994 graduate of Baker High School and, like Ellsbury, an OSU alumnus.

Miners Jubilee fun run/walk results

Results from the Miners Jubilee 5K Fun Run/Walk and 10K Run, a fundraiser for the Baker High School track and field team:

Overall Winners

• 5K Walk, men: Clay McCarty, 47:04

• 5K Walk, women: Tonita Britt, 47:04

• 5K Run, men: Tim Vanderrlugt, 19:00

• 5K Run, women: Carly Newber, 21:15

• 10K Run, men: Dan Lees, 40:11

• 10K Run, women: Annika Anderson, 48:09

Baker Little League teams bow out at district tournament

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.”

Baker all-start baseball teams have mixed success at district

By Gerry Steele

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Baker teams met with mixed success during the weekend at the District 3 Little League baseball tournaments at La Grande.

Baker 9-10-year-olds

Baker won its opener on Saturday, defeating Harney County 9-3.

Gavin Stecher was Baker’s starting pitcher, throwing just 50 pitches in three innings.

ALL-STATE BASEBALL: 5 Bulldogs honored

Five Baker Bulldogs were named to The Oregonian's Class 4A all-state baseball team.

Pitcher Taylor Gulick and infielder Keaton Bachman were both first-team picks.

Outfielder Stephen Schott was a second-team selection.

Infielder Bryson Smith and outfielder Austin Folkman were named to the third team. 

SUMMER BASEBALL: Bennett, Baker crush Lakeview, 11-2

Kathy Orr /Baker City Herald Trevor Bennett was dominant on the mound Saturday against Lakeview.

Baker starter takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning in an 11-2 romp

By Jayson Jacoby

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Trevor Bennett’s teammates gave him a four-run cushion in the first inning Saturday at the Baker Sports Complex.

It was twice as much as he needed.

SUMMER BASEBALL: Diamondbacks take broom to Milton-Freewater Twins

Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald Bakerís Taylor Gulick, middle, slips past two Milton-Freewater infielders, allowing teammate Bryson Smith to score in the first inning Tuesday at the Baker Sports Complex. The Gentry Ford Diamondbacks swept a doubleheader by scores of 11-4 and 8-5.

The Baker Gentry Ford Diamondbacks combined solid pitching and defense with timely hitting to sweep the Milton-Freewater Twins in a summer baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the Baker Sports Complex.

Baker romped to an 11-4 win in the first game, then held off a Twins’ rally to win the nightcap, 8-5.

SUMMER BASEBALL: Gentry Ford Diamondbacks at Idaho tourney

By Gerry Steele

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Baker’s Gentry Ford Diamondbacks placed sixth at a baseball tournament that ended Sunday at Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho.

Gentry lost 6-3 to La Grande in the game for fifth and sixth place Sunday.

North Marion ends Baker's baseball season

Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald Baker shortstop Keaton Bachman took a high throw while North Marionís Emry Patterson slides into second base Wednesday.

By Gerry Steele

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Just about anything that could go wrong did for Baker during its Class 4A baseball playoff game Wednesday against North Marion at the Baker Sports Complex.

North Marion used three big innings to eliminate the Bulldogs (15-11) from  the playoffs, 11-2.

“We lost all three phases of the game — pitching, hitting and fielding,” said Baker coach Tim Smith. “We didn’t play well in any of them."

Locals building disc golf course at Baker Sports Complex

Baker County residents participating in the Ford Institute Leadership Program are designing and building a 9-hole disc golf course at the Baker Sports Complex.

The course is slated to be finished this year.

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