Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Baker’s young softball team saw what it’s like at the highest echelon of the Class 4A ranks Friday.

The Bulldogs dropped a 20-0, 23-0 Greater Oregon League doubleheader to defending Class 4A champion La Grande at the Baker Sports Complex.

“Our inexperience showed today,” said Baker coach Sonny Gulick. “It was obvious we were playing against the defending state champs.”

Gulick said every Baker mistake turned into runs for La Grande (9-1, ranked second in 4A).

He said that although the scores might not show it, the Bulldogs are advancing.

“We continue to improve but just can’t get the timely hit or out that we need to get through innings,” Gulick said.

Jordynn Fine was the losing pitcher in the first game, and Kaitlyn Nelson in game 2.

“We need to do a better job supporting our pitchers on defense,” Gulick said.

Baker (0-10 overall and 0-3 in the GOL) travels to Burns Tuesday for a nonleague doubleheader. Baker then returns to GOL play Friday when the Bulldogs host Ontario.