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Baker County Family YMCA mini triathlon results announced

Ninety-two people, from age 7 to 77, participated in the mini triathlon sponsored by the Baker County Family YMCA on May 8. That total included 58 women and 34 men.

The distances were a 400-yard swim, a six-mile bike ride and a one-mile run.

Below are the top three finishers in each age bracket. The total includes the transition times from swim to bike, and bike to run.

Bulldogs sweep Tigers

LA GRANDE — Any hopes La Grande had of advancing to the playoffs left town with Baker Saturday as the Bulldogs swept their rivals 6-5 and 10-5.

The Tigers jumped out early in the first game with a pair of squeeze bunts to fuel a five-run third inning.

However, Baker bounced back to tie the game with five runs in the fourth.

Tori Brown started the rally with a leadoff double. Sierra Howerton later hit a triple, one of her three hits.

The Bulldogs pushed across the winning run in the sixth when Howerton singled home Becca Joseph, who had doubled.

Baker splits with LG

LA GRANDE — It wasn’t exactly what they wanted, but they’ll have to take it. The La Grande baseball team picked up a split this weekend with rival Baker, winning Game 1 4-1 and falling late in Game 2, 7-6.

“I’m not real happy with a split,” LHS head coach Mark Lanman said. “I thought we played good enough to win both games. I think we deserved to win.”

Baker got on the board with one run in the second inning after failing to score in the first inning with the bases loaded.

The Tigers tied the game in the fourth inning, then took the lead in the fifth on a 2-run single by Evan Humphrey.

Girls tennis downs La Grande

Baker boys, missing top two singles players, fall 5-0

The Baker High School girls tennis team defeated the La Grande squad 4-1 in varsity action Saturday at La Grande while the Baker boys team, competing without its No. 1 and No. 2 boys singles players lost 5-0.

Coach George Keister said Baker’s No. 1 singles player, Dan Sizer, was out with a case of mononucleosis. The No. 2 singles player, Jordan Curtis, also was out because of illness. Keister said he hopes to have Curtis back early this week and Sizer is expected back in time to play at the district tournament Thursday at Vale.

Although the weather isn't expected to cooperate early in the week, Keister said he hopes the teams will be able to get in some practice in preparation for the district tournament. The top four singles teams and the top four doubles teams will advance to the state competition at Eugene.

Girls first, boys 2nd in home track meet

Haley Adams won the javelin and Tori Wirth the shot put Friday as the Baker girls finished first in the team standings at the Baker Invite track and field meet.

The Baker boys, led by double winner Jake Eastland (javelin and pole vault), Mitko Smith’s win in the 100 meters and the first-place 400 relay team (Stephen Brock, Ben Frix, Roberto Kitch, Mitko Smith), finished second overall.

Powder Valley finished seventh in the boys standings and ninth in the girls meet.

Baker boys Middle School team first

Baker Middle School boys track team came away with first place at the 12-team Mount Vernon Middle School meet in John Day on Saturday, May 1.  Eighth-grader Nate Baeth set a school record in the triple-jump with a jump of 34 feet, 11 inches in the competition, eclipsing the 34-feet-8fi-inch record set by Colten Richards in 2009. Baeth also posted a first-place finish in the long jump, and finished first in the 800 meter run.

 The Baker girls finished eighth place out of a twelve-team field. Michelle Freese placed second in the shot put at 33 feet, 4 inches, and Charlie Carpenter finished with a fourth-place time of 13.4 seconds in the 100 meter run.

Sports briefs

Three down, in four-match week

Baker High School tennis teams have had a busy week of nonleague matches as they competed in three meets in just four days, with one more to come on Saturday.  

Monday the team was in Weiser, Idaho, and picked up a team win for the girls, and a mixed-doubles match.

Tuesday the Bulldogs were back in Baker City to play a makeup match with Nyssa. Thursday they met the Burns squad on their home court.  Baker played Nyssa and Burns with reduced squads on each day because of the small size of their teams, splitting most of the team between the two matches. Baker’s girls doubles and boys swept their matches against Nyssa, while in Thursday afternoon’s match against Burns, the team won every game and every match played.

The next test for the team will be Saturday at noon as they travel to La Grande.

Baker softball wins a pair

Baker’s Aubree Shepherd was down to her last pitch Saturday. Her last chance to end the game against Mac-Hi and get in out of the rain and wind.
Shepherd, the Bulldogs’ number nine hitter in the lineup, didn’t fail. The little left-handed hitting outfielder lined a two-out, 3-2 pitch to right-center field to drive home Tori Brown with the winning run and complete a Greater Oregon League softball sweep of Mac-Hi.

Baker baseball sweeps

Baker moved into a three-way tie for the Greater Oregon League baseball lead Saturday by sweeping Mac-Hi 19-7 and 11-1 at the Baker Sports Complex.

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