By Gerry Steele
Baker tuned up for today's Greater Oregon League baseball doubleheader against Ontario by dismantling Burns 16-2 in a nonleague game at Burns Wednesday.
A trio of Baker players finished with three RBIs each while improving Baker's season record to 4-2. Kody Younger, Mason Cline and Micah Mespelt each drove in three runs.
Younger had a two-run double, and Mespelt a two-run single in a 5-run Baker first inning against the Hilanders.
Keaton Bachman added an RBI single.
Baker increased its lead to 8-0 in the third. Younger plated one run with a fielder's choice, Bachman a second with a sacrifice fly, and Dan Stinson a third with a single.
The Bulldogs then exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning.
The big blow was a three-run home run by Cline. Darren Dolby added a two-run single, Mespelt an RBI single, Caleb Custer an RBI single, and Stinson a run-scoring fielder's choice.
Chace Dixon threw the first four innings for the win. Dixon allowed four hits. Dillon Blankenship pitched the fifth inning, allowing one hit.
Baker hosts Ontario in a GOL twinbill this afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. at the Baker Sports Complex.
Baker 5 0 3 8 0 - 16
Burns 0 0 0 1 1 - 2
Dixon, Blankenship (5) and Mespelt. WP - Dixon.
Baker hits - Dolby, Cline 2, Younger 3, Bachman 2, Custer 2, Mespelt 2, Stinson. Baker RBI - Dolby 2, Cline 3, Younger 3, Bachman 2, Custer, Mespelt 3, Stinson 2.
2B - Younger. HR - Cline.