By GERRY STEELE
Baker City Herald
Baker’s softball bats continue to need thawing. The Bulldogs offensive
attack remained quiet Friday and Saturday at the annual ISG tournament
Baker lost four games at the tournament — 4-3 to Capital of Boise, 7-5
by international tie-breaker to Vallivue, 7-4 to Rocky Mountain and 3-0
to Mountain Home.
Baker continued to flex its offensive muscles Thursday, hammering out 38 hits in a 17-5, 31-2 non-league baseball sweep of Weiser, Idaho.
Baker’s offense continued to get better Monday when the Bulldogs banged out a dozen hits in a 12-2 six-inning baseball romp past Scappoose at the Baker Sports Complex.
Five home runs.
Nineteen hits, nine for extra bases.
A doubleheader sweep. Right? Not quite.
Baker’s softball bats haven’t warmed up yet. But, despite the chilly aluminum the Bulldogs managed to split a pair of non-league games with Fruitland and Weiser, Idaho last week.
Baker opened its 2009 track and field season Thursday at the annual Pendleton Buck Invitational at Pendleton High School.
Several newcomers mix with solid veteran base
Baker High School track and field coach Suzy Cole better be good
with jigsaw puzzles. She has a big one to put together with this year’s
Baker track team.
“So far we’ve had 60 kids out,” Cole said. “That’s a little lower
than we’d like to see. On the positive side we have a lot of new people
“As far as what to expect I don’t have a clue,” Cole said. “Having
so many new athletes out we want to focus on fundamentals, enjoy
practices and meets.
Bulldogs return seven players from last year
Seven players, including four all-Greater Oregon League selections, return for the Baker Bulldogs baseball team.
Last year’s team finished 15-11, advancing to the Class 4A playoff second round before losing 6-5 to Astoria.
All six Astoria runs were unearned.
“That game left a sour taste in our mouths,” said Baker coach Dan Blankenship.
The defending Greater Oregon League-champion Baker girls softball
team opened defense of its title today with a non-league game against
GOL coach of the year Al McCauley returns a half-dozen players from
last season’s champions, including GOL player of the year senior Tara
Talbott was a first team all-GOL infielder last season. She is
joined by returning second-teamers Andrea Wilson at second base and
Savannah Daly in center field.
Baker returns four members of the district champion girls golf team
from a year ago, and five members of the third-place boys team.
Baker coach Scott Warner sees some possible good things come post season this year too.
“The girls setup has completely changed. The league now is all in
one pool. All Eastern Oregon teams are in the same pool,” he said.
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