By GERRY STEELE
Baker used solid pitching and defense to hand Grant Union a 5-2 loss in a nonleague baseball game at John Day Tuesday.
Nate Baeth and Mason Cline spread seven hits and one walk throughout the game to combine for the win.
"Our pitchers did a real nice job of not allowing any extra outs," said Baker coach Dan Blankenship.
"And, defensively we were very sound. Th ekids played hard."
Baker trailed 2-0 after three innings before rallying.
Baker scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth Colten Richards was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Baeth groundout.
In the fifth, Sam Averett was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Richards sacrifice fly.
Baker took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth. Caleb Custer walked and Averett reached on a bunt. Both scored on a double by Cline.
Richards completed the scoring in the seventh with a solo home run.
Baker returns to Greater Oregon League action Friday when the Bulldogs host La Grande in a doubleheader at the Baker Sports Complex.
1 - 5
Grant Union 0
0 - 2
Baeth, Cline (5) and Richards. WP - Cline.
Baker hits -Cline, Blankenship, Richards 2, Custer. Baker RBI -Baeth, Cline 2, Richards 2.
2B -Cline. HR -Richards.