Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Sometimes a team just doesn't get the breaks it usually does. Baker had one of those days Tuesday in a non-league baseball doubleheader against Heppner at the Baker Sports Complex.

Baker banged out 22 hits in the 10-4, 9-2 sweep of the Mustangs. But it could have been worse. The Bulldogs' bats were smoking but many of their would-be hits ended up being caught for long outs in the outfield.

"We had some guys just hit the ball on the screws and got no love," said Baker coach Dan Blankenship. "They really hit the ball hard, but didn't get any results.

"I told the kids that teams will have days like that two or three times a season. Despite that we did get some timely hits when we needed them."

Baker jumped to a 3-1 lead in nthe first inning of the opener. Derek Blankenship's RBI double and run-scoring singles by Cole Brown and Trace Richardson did the damage.

The, after Heppner tied the game in the top of the third, the Bulldogs answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Harlow slapped a three-run home run over the right-centerfield fence to give Baker a 6-3 advantage.

Run-scoring singles by Ty Everson and Richardson, and a sacrifice fly by Blankenship completed the scoring for the Bulldogs.

Brown earned the win on the mound. He threw the first four innings, allowing three hits and four runs. He struck out eight and walked one. Harlow pitched the final three innings. He struck out five and walked one, and didn't give up a hit.

Baker spotted Heppner a 2-0 lead after one inning of the second game.

The Bulldogs then got a run back in the second on Coleman Lay's RBI single.

The Bulldogs then added eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth, Jon Woolard and Everson each had an RBI double. Matt Gorrell added an RBI single.

In the fifth, Everson's two-run single, and Gorrell's RBI hit accounted for three runs. Two others scored on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Everson gained the win on the mound. He pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out four. Blankenship threw the last two innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced.

Baker (7-1) opens Greater Oregon League play Saturday at home against Mac-Hi.

First game

Heppner 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 4

Baker 3 0 3 1 2 1 x - 10

Johnson, Eckman (5) and Coil. Brown, Harlow (5) and Gorrell. WP andndash; Brown (2-1). LP andndash; Johnson.

Heppner hits andndash; Huddleston, Johnson, Day. Baker hits andndash; Everson 2, Brown 2, Blankenship 2, Richardson 2, Smith 2, Harlow, Gorrell.

Heppner RBI andndash; Johnson, Coil, Day. Baker RBI andndash; Everson, Brown, Blankenship 2, Richardson 2, Harlow 3.

2B andndash; Blankenship, Smith. 3B andndash; Brown. HR andndash; Harlow (3).

Second game

Heppner 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2

Baker 0 1 0 3 5 0 x - 9

Day, Huddleston (4), Gutierrez (5), Coil (6) and Coil, Chick (6). Everson, Blankenship (6) and Gorrell. WP andndash; Everson (4-0). LP andndash; Day.

Heppner hits andndash; Eckman, Johnson 2, Gentry 2, Coil 2. Baker hits andndash; Lay, Richardson 2, Gorrell 3, Woolard, Everson 2, Smith.

Heppner RBI andndash; Gentry 2. Baker RBI andndash; Lay, Gorrell 2, Woolard, Everson 3.

2B andndash; Gentry, Woolard, Everson, Smith.