Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Baker remained in the hunt for a post-season baseball berth Saturday after sweeping Mac-Hi 7-5 and 9-5 in a Greater Oregon League doubleheader at Milton-Freewater.

The sweep leaves Baker at 4-4 in the GOL, tied with Ontario for second place behind undefeated La Grande.

However, Ontario swept Baker earlier in the season and currently owns the tie-breaker.

Baker has four more GOL games remaining, two each with La Grande and Ontario. All four games wil be played at the Baker Sports Complex.

Baker has needed late-game rallies in recent games to win, and such was the case again Saturday.

In Game 1, Baker trailed 5-4 entering the top of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs then scored three runs to gain the win.

Mason Van Arsdall’s two-run double was the big hit in the inning.

“We hit the ball hard all day, just right at people,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.

“Once again these guys were the Cardiac Kids, coming back in the seventh.”

Spencer Smith added three hits and two RBIs for the Bulldogs.

Drew Osborn picked up the win on the mound in relief of Morgan Bennett. Sam McCauley pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

In the second game, the Bulldogs overcame six errors to earn the sweep.

McCauley pitched into the seventh to earn the win. Osborn earned an unofficial “save” by shutting Mac-Hi down in the seventh.

Baker will be busy this week.

The Bulldogs travel to Walla Walla today for a single game against DeSales. Baker them hosts Payette in a single game Wednesday before hosting La Grande in a GOL twinbill Friday.

First game

Baker 1 0 2 0 0 1 3 — 7

Mac-Hi 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 — 5

Bennett, Osborn (6), McCauley (7) and Van Arsdall. WP — Osborn. S — McCauley.

Baker hits — McCauley, Linscott 2, Smith 3, Van Arsdall, Bennett 2, Curry. Baker RBI — Smith 2, Van Arsdall 2, Bennett.

2B — McCauley, Linscott, Smith, Van Arsdall. 3B — Bennett.

Second game

Baker 2 0 1 0 4 0 2 — 9

Mac-Hi 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 — 5

McCauley, Osborn (7) and Van Arsdall. WP — McCauley.

Baker hits — Smith, Bennett, Rohner 2, Osborn, Curry, Mastrude. Baker RBI — Bennett 2, Rohner, Curry.

2B — Rohner. 3B — Bennett.

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