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
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 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.
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’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 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.
JOHN DAY — Baker earned four individual firsts on the way to sweeping the boys and girls team titles at the Grant Union Invitational track and field meet Saturday.
Baker’s girls golf team closed out its home regular season Wednesday
by hosting eight other schools in the Baker Invitational at Quail Ridge
Baker finished fifth in the team standings with an 18-hole score of 412. Weiser won the team title with a 374.
Other scores were La Grande 382, Hermiston 396, Ontario 407, Payette 433, and Pendleton 507.
Baker battled blustery conditions to sweep La Grande in a varsity tennis match Thursday at the Ash Grove Complex.
Baker won the boys match 3-2 and the girls 4-1.
“We got it in despite some poor conditions,” said Baker coach George Keister.
In the boys competition, Dan Sizer and Jordan Curtis won the top two singles matches in straight sets.
Nathan Eiselein and Trenton Howard needed three sets to win the No. 1 doubles.
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