By GERRY STEELE
Of the Baker City Herald
Baker improved its Greater Oregon League baseball record to 4-0 Friday by sweeping Ontario 12-1 and 8-2 at Ontario.
In the opener, Luke Palmer continued his dominance of GOL batters by firing a one-hitter against the Tigers. Palmer struck out 12 and walked two. He struck out the last five batters he faced in the game.
Meanwhile, Palmers teammates hammered Ontarios Brooks Warrington and two relievers for six runs in the first inning, and five more in the second.
Palmer got the ball rolling with a bases loaded RBI single. Greg Goodenough followed with a two-run single. Two more runs scored when Wes Cookes grounder was booted for an error. Dan Justus closed at the first-inning uprising with another RBI single.
In the second inning, Goodenough slapped his second two-run base hit, and Chris Price followed with an RBI double.
The Bulldogs then reloaded the bases before Steve Valentine drove home two teammates with a single.
Price completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.
Cooke completed the sweep in the second game, firing a four-hitter. Palmer relieved Cooke in the seventh to earn the save.
An RBI single by Palmer, and a Goodenough sacrifice fly gave Baker a 2-0 lead after one inning.
Then, after Ontario narrowed the margin to 2-1 in the second, Pat Taylor gave Baker a 3-1 cushion when a run scored as he fouled out to the first baseman.
Brian Baker boosted the Bulldogs lead to 5-1 in the fourth when he hammered a two-run home run.
The Bulldogs added three runs in the seventh. Two scored on a bases-loaded single by Justin Merritt, the other on an RBI hit by Palmer.
Baker is on the road for four games this week. The Bulldogs play single non-league games at Nyssa Tuesday and Fruitland, Idaho, Saturday. Sandwiched in between is a GOL twinbill Friday at La Grande.
Baker 6 5 1 0 0 12
Ontario 1 0 0 0 0 1
Palmer and Goodenough. Warrington, Shimer (3), Hedrick (4) and Presley. WP Palmer. LP Warrington.
Baker hits Valentine 2, Baker 2, Palmer 2, Goodenough 2, Price 2, Taylor, Cooke 2, Justus. Ontario hits Warrington.
Baker RBI Valentine 2, Palmer, Goodenough 4, Price 2, Cooke 2, Justus. Ontario RBI none.
2B Goodenough, Price.
Baker 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 8
Ontario 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Cooke, Palmer (7) and Goodenough. Keim and Presley. WP Cooke. LP Keim. S Palmer.
Baker hits Valentine 2, Merritt, Baker 2, Palmer 3, Price 2. Ontario hits Kramer, Keim 2, Cruickshank.
Baker RBI Merritt 2, Baker 2, Palmer 2, Goodenough, Taylor. Ontario RBI Lissman, Presley.
2B Baker. 3B Cruickshank. HR Baker.