By GERRY STEELE
Of the Baker City Herald
Grant Union erupted all over Baker just as the skies opened up and a wind and rain storm struck Baker City Monday afternoon.
The Class 3A top-ranked Prospectors exploded for 11 runs in the fourth through sixth innings to break a 1-1 tie and take an 11-1 Greater Oregon League baseball win at the Baker Sports Complex.
The second game of the GOL twinbill was rained out. Baker coach Alan McCauley said game would be rescheduled for Wednesday or May 8. A decision was expected some time today.
Brian Purnell had the biggest bat for Grant Union, slugging two home runs and driving in four runs. George Gibson added three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs.
Baker starter Wes Cooke held the Prospectors scoreless on two hits through three innings.
His teammates staked him to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Brian Baker opened the inning with a single, and advanced to second base when Grant Union catcher Scott Berry let a pitch in the dirt scoot away from him.
Baker advanced to third on another single by Chris Price, and scored on another base hit by Greg Goodenough.
Grant Union tied the game in the top of the fourth on two hits and a Baker error. Gibson reached on the error, and advanced to second on an infield hit by Purnell. Then, after two outs and a double steal, Clayton Ensign singled Gibson home.
Grant Union took the lead for good in the fifth when Gibson slugged his homer over the left field fence with two runners on. Purnell followed with a solo shot to almost the same spot.
Bjorn Boyer relieved Cooke after Purnells hit. Grant Union then touched Boyer up for six more runs in the sixth. Purnells three-run homer was the big blow. The Prospectors also had three doubles and two singles in the inning.
The Bulldogs had seven hits off Grant Union starter Aaron Mathews, but couldnt get the key hit when they needed it. Baker left five runners on in the first two innings, and 10 in the game.
Mathews struck out 11 Bulldogs, and walked four.
Baker hosts Nyssa in a non-league game at 3 p.m. today the Baker Sports Complex.
The Bulldogs resume Greater Oregon League action Friday when they travel to Boardman for a doubleheader against Riverside.
Grant Union 0 0 0 1 4 6 11
Baker 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mathews and Berry. Cooke, Boyer (5) and Goodenough WP Mathews. LP Cooke.
Grant Union hits Mathews, Berry 2, Gibson 3, Purnell 3, Knowles, Ensign 2, Powell. Baker hits Valentine, Baker 2, Price, Goodenough 2, Cooke.
Grant Union RBI Berry 2, Gibson 3, Purnell 4, Ensign, Powell. Baker RBI Goodenough.
2B Berry, Ensign, Powell, Baker. HR Gibson, Purnell 2.