ONTARIO — Ontario proved to be rude hosts Friday, sweeping Baker 5-1, 5-4 in a Greater Oregon League softball doubleheader.
The sweep leaves Baker in third place in the GOL with a 2-4 record at the midpoint of the league season.
Baker managed just four hits in each game Friday.
“We’ve got to hit the ball,” said Baker coach Al McCauley.
“(Ontario pitcher Jenny) Yano was throwing a rise ball and we were
getting under it. We’ve got to get back to hitting the ball better.”
In Game 1, Baker fell behind 5-0 after two innings as Ontario got to
Baker starter Tori Brown. Yano drove in three of the runs with a pair
Baker’s lone run came in the fourth. Sierra Howerton reached base on
an error and was sacrificed to second. She went to third on a single by
DJ McCauley, and scored on a Brown single.
UNION — Baker’s Jake Eastland won the boys pole vault with a vault
of 12 feet Friday at the fourth anual Pepsi Invitational track and
field meet at Union High Schol.
Eastland also placed second in the javelin with a toss of 160 feet, 9 inches.
Baker’s Erik Robertson was second in the 400 with a time of 56.05.
Powder Valley’s Jon Galvez placed second in the discus (121 feet, 6 inches), and shot (46 feet, 8 inches)
Huntington’s Daniel Seiffert was second in the 300 hurdles with a 1:03.34 clocking.
Huntington’s Solveig Bygstad won the girls triple jump with a leap
of 32 feet, 8.5 inches. She was second in the long jump with a leap of
BURNS — Baker ran away with the boys title Thursday at the annual Hines Middle School track and field meet.
The Dawgs amassed 203.66 points, outdistancing second-place Mount Vernon (90).
Baker finished second in the girls meet with 105.5 points, trailing only Hines (137).
Nate Baeth led the Baker boys with three individual titles. Baeth
won the 800 (2:37.00), 200 hurdles (30.60) and long jump (17 feet, 10
Ben Baxter won the 200 (26.57), Travis Radle the 400 (1:10.01), Jake
Brown the 100 hurdles (18.67), Brian Staebler-Siewell the discus (104
feet, 5 inches), Mason Cline the high jump (5 feet), and the Dawgs
4x400 relay (4:22.75). Relay members were Cline, Casey Brasher, Baxter
and Eli Witham.
Baker boys win, but girls lose to Tigers
ONTARIO — Baker split its boys and girls tennis matches with Ontario Thursday afternoon.
The Bulldogs won the boys match 4-1, but lost the girls match 5-0.
Baker’s Dan Sizer and Jordan Curtis won the first two boys singles matches in straight sets.
The Bulldogs then swept the boys doubles. Trenton Howard and Nathan
Eiselein won the No. 1 doubles, and JJ Vela and Chance Parry the No. 2
On the girls side, the closest Baker came to a win was the No. 2 singles where Helen Galiszewski lost in three sets.
Baker travels to Vale Tuesday before hosting La Grande next Thursday.
Baker drops second game, the 2nd-ranked Bulldogs’ first loss of the season
Baker probably had its worst day of the season on the baseball
diamond Friday. The Bulldogs didn’t look like the Class 4A
second-ranked team at times while splitting a Greater Oregon League
doubleheader with La Grande at the Baker Sports Complex.
Baker rallied in Game 1 to earn a 5-4 decision. But the Bulldogs’
luck ran out in the second game, a 9-4 La Grande win. The loss was
Baker’s first in a dozen games this season.
“We just didn’t play Baker baseball, particularly in the second game,” Coach Dan Blankenship said.
“It was a great team effort in the first game. Our pitchers threw
pretty well and we hit the ball pretty well late, got some clutch hits.
“Then in the second game, our pitchers didn’t pitch well, we didn’t hit the ball well. It wasn’t our day.
“The bottom line is we did not deserve to win the second game the
way we swung the bats,” Blankenship said. “We didn’t swing with
Baker and La Grande battled to a split in a Greater Oregon League
softball doubleheader Friday afternoon at the Baker Sports Complex.
But the twinbill proved to be more costly to the Bulldogs than a single game.
Coach Al McCauley was ejected from Game 1 with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
Baker won that game 7-3, but lost McCauley for the second game, and for the first game of Friday’s twinbill at Ontario.
“The way the rule reads I’ll have to sit out the first game at
Ontario,” McCauley said Sunday. “The way the rule says there is the
ejection day and a suspension day. And, I have to take a sportsmanship
class in the next seven days.”
McCauley was tossed after disputing a call at second base. On the
play a La Grande base runner went into the bag standing up, preventing
Baker from completing an attempt at a double play.
Baker-area high school track and field, softball and golf, and
middle school track teams were busy during the weekend around Eastern
Baker, PV track at La Grande
LA GRANDE — Baker track athletes earned one first, three seconds and
a trio of thirds Friday at the La Grande Invitational at Eastern Oregon
University in La Grande.
Jake Eastland won the boys javelin with a toss of 162 feet, 1 inch.
Runners-up were Whitney Phillips in the girls 400 (1:02.13), Kylee
Curtis in the shot (32 feet, 7 inches), and Haley Adams in the pole
vault (8 feet, 6 inches).
Eastland was third in the boys pole vault (11 feet), Mitko Smith in
the 100 (11.81) and Weston Anderson in the discus (122 feet, 3 inches).
Powder Valley’s Ali Abrego was second in the girls high jump (4
feet, 10 inches), and Trenton Dixon third in the boys high jump (6
Both teams travel to Ontario Saturday for the annual Heinz Invitational.
Baker’s baseball record remains without a blemish, but the Bulldogs
didn’t exactly play perfectly in sweeping a doubleheader from Weiser,
Idaho, Tuesday at the Sports Complex.
They did come awfully close, though.
Five Baker pitchers combined to hold the Wolverines to a single hit in the 7-0, 13-0 sweep.
The quintet surrendered just two walks.
And the Baker defense committed only one error.
The Bulldog hitters, meanwhile, treated the ball rather more harshly than Weiser did.
Darryn McCauley and Mackenzie Srack’s teammates supplied a lot more runs than the pair of pitchers needed.
One run, as it turned out, would have been plenty.
And Baker’s Sierra Howerton got that run with a leadoff homer.
McCauley and Srack combined on a three-hitter, and the Bulldogs beat
Weiser 12-0 in a non-league softball game Tuesday afternoon at the
Baker Sports Complex.
The Vale Vikings lived up to their reputation as one of the top
tennis schools in the region by beating the Baker boys and girls
Tuesday afternoon at the Ash Grove Complex.
Vale won the boys match 3-2.
The Vikings prevailed 4-1 in the girls match.
A heavy rain shower arrived about an hour before play was to begin,
but coaches and players broomed water off the courts and the sun
returned to dry the surface in time for the match to get started about
on schedule, Baker Coach George Keister said.