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Diamondbacks sweep Boise tourney

Team Rudi finished the Boise Firecracker Invitational American Legion baseball tournament with a perfect 6-0 record and the championship trophy Sunday at Boise.

Team Rudi coach Dan Blankenship said it was the third straight year the Diamondbacks have gone undefeated and won the tournament title.

“We hit the ball pretty well. All our pitchers threw well for us. And we had some really good defensive plays throughout the weekend,” Blankenship said.

Team Rudi defeated Twin Falls 7-6 in the title game.

The Diamondbacks opened tournament action Thursday with a 10-0 win over the same Twin Falls team. They followed that with a 6-2 win over Centennial, 13-0 over the Boise Capitals, 16-0 over the Columbia Mudcats, and 14-3 over the Boise Seminoles.

Team Rudi 10, Twin Falls 0

Matt Gorrell threw a three-hitter, striking out five.

Ty Everson led Team Rudi’s offense with four hits. Gorrell, Coleman Lay and Sam Averett each had two hits. Trevor Freese added a triple, and Will Barr and Colten Richards each a hit.

Diamondbacks sweep Burns

Joe Rudi receives honor

OAKLAND — Baker City’s Joe Rudi was honored, along with several of his old Oakland A’s teammates, on 1970s Turn Back the Clock Night Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum.

Rudi, 63, one of the leaders during the A’s run of three consecutive World Series titles from 1972 to 1974, threw out the ceremonial first pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Replicas of his No. 26 jersey were handed out to fans at the game.

Diamondbacks finish fourth

A tired Team Rudi Diamondbacks American Legion baseball team finished fourth at the Walla Walla tournament Sunday. The Diamondbacks split six games in four days.

Team Rudi opened tournament play by defeating the Northwest Crush from Seattle 3-0. The Diamondbacks then defeated Pasco 14-1, and Cour d’Alene 14-5. Team Rudi then lost 4-3 in eight innings to Richland before falling 3-2 to Walla Walla in the semifinals. Team Rudi then fell 16-10 to Triple Play of Tacoma in the third-place game.

Phillies win three of four

The Eastern Oregon Pepsi AAA American Legion baseball team won three of four games against Pendleton and Vallivue, Idaho, last week.

Derek Blankenship, Cole Brown, Trace Richardson and Grant Marcum of Baker City are members of the Phillies.

Thursday, the Phillies split two games at Pendleton, winning the opener 12-4 but losing Game 2, 12-7.

Brown earned the complete-game win on the mound in the opener. Marcum had a home run and Blankenship a double.

In the second game, Marcum slugged his second homer of the day. Brown added a double. Blankenship pitched the seventh inning, striking out two.

Hoop tournament shrinks overnight to four teams

Sometimes the best laid plans just don’t work out. Just ask Baker boys basketball coach Craig Woods.

Woods tried to coordinate a nine-team 24-hour summer basketball tournament at Baker High School Friday and Saturday.

The key to that statement was “tried.”

With nine teams Woods said each team would play a minimum of five games during the two days. There would be time for video games, sleeping and resting as well.

That was before Woods took his players to a camp at Gonzaga University a week ago. When he returned to Baker the tournament field had shrunk to five teams, and then to four.

Almost Wimbledon draws several young local players

Nine young Baker City tennis players took part in the annual Almost Wimbledon Junior Grass Court Tournament Friday through Sunday at the Baker City Grass Courts.

Nathan Eiselein, Ivan Hansen, Gracie and Lukas Huggins, Trenton Howard, Chance Parry, Dan and Kate Sizer and JJ Vela played in the three-day tournament.

Sunday’s results were not available for this story.

Blankenship named top 4A player

OREGON CITY — Baker’s Derek Blankenship and Marist’s Mitchel Wilson were named the Class 4A “Star of Stars” recipients Saturday after the final game of the Class 4A Boys Basketball All-Star Series.

The North completed a sweep of the two games by winning Saturday’s game 88-80 at Clackamas Community College. Blankenship led the North with 16 points and six rebounds.

The North also won Friday’s game at Northwest Christian University in Eugene 90-63. Blankenship again led the North with 15 points and five rebounds.

Brown and Joseph on 4A all-state softball team

Two Baker softball players were recently selected for the Class 4A all-state softball teams.

Tori Brown was picked as a first-team outfielder.

Brown is playing summer ball for the Boise Blast 18U Gold team.

South wins Class 4A baseball series

ROSEBURG — The South swept a doubleheader Sunday to edge the North 2 games to 1 in the Class 4A all-star baseball series at Roseburg.

Sunday, the South, coached by Baker coach Dan Blankenship, defeated the North 7-6 and 5-2. The North edged the South in a single nine-inning game 9-4 on Saturday.

Two former Bulldogs, Derek Blankenship and Matt Gorrell, were members of the South roster.

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