By GERRY STEELE
Of the Baker City Herald
The third time was the charm for the Baker girls varsity softball team Monday.
The Bulldogs Greater Oregon League doubleheader against Vale at the Baker Sports Complex was their third try at playing before the home fans. The Bulldogs first attempt at a home game was cancelled when Walla Walla backed out due to a schedule conflict. Then, last Saturday, Baker was set to meet Vale in its GOL opener, but was snowed out.
Finally, Monday, the Bulldogs took the diamond at the Complex, and came away with a twinbill sweep of the Vikings, 3-0 and 8-1.
Baker managed six hits in the first game, and seven in the second. But, Baker coach Steve Bachman wasnt completely happy with Bakers offense.
We struggled against their first pitcher, Bachman said. We were not sitting back and waiting on the pitch.
Bachman was happier with the second game output.
In the second game we hit the ball better, he said. But, we still left too many runners on base. Our execution is still not where Id like it to be, but we did better.
Bachman was pleased with the Bulldogs pitching and defense.
Megan Curtis pitched a strong game in the opener, Bachman said.
Curtis allowed just two hits, and struck out six.
Curtis and Lacey Barker combined to shut down Vale in the second game.
I thought our pitching was excellent, Bachman said. Lacey came in and did a good job.
Defensively, the Bulldogs gobbled up just about everything Vale put in play.
I thought Savannah Newman and Ashley Rino played well up the middle, Bachman said. And, Chase Shira throwing a runner out at first from right field, that was special too.
Baker scored the only run it would need in the first game in the bottom of the first inning. Rino reached on an error, and advanced to third on a single by Jamey Parks. Rino then scored on another hit by Nicole Landstrom.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when Baker scored two times.
Landstrom drew a one-out walk, then strolled home on a two-run home run over the center field fence by Beth Hull.
In the second game, Rino opened the first inning by getting hit by a pitch. She later scored on a double to left by Landstrom. Hull followed with an infield single, and one out later, Barker doubled over the center fielders head to drive in two runs.
Then, leading 4-1, the Bulldogs tallied three more times in the fourth.
Ashley Craig opened the inning with a double. Curtis was hit by a pitch, and Newman walked to load the bases. Craig scored on an error, and two outs later, Hull rapped a two-run single.
Landstrom completed the Bulldogs scoring with an RBI double in the sixth.
Baker, 2-0 in the GOL, travels to Ontario Thursday.
Vale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Baker 1 0 0 0 0 2 x 3
Curtis and Craig. WP Curtis.
Baker hits Parks, Landstrom, Hull 2, Curtis 2.
Baker RBI Landstrom, Hull 2.
Vale 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Baker 3 1 0 3 0 1 x 8
Curtis, Barker (5) and Craig, Rino (5). WP Curtis.
Baker hits Landstrom 2, Hull 2, Barker, Parks, Craig.
Baker RBI Landstrom 2, Barker 2, Hull 2.
2B Landstrom 2, Barker, Craig.