The Barley Brown’s Brewers weren’t exactly hospitable hosts this weekend at the Baker Sports Complex.
The Brewers, Baker’s American Legion baseball team, swept five games in three days to win the Elkhorn Summer Classic tournament, a wooden bat event.
The Brewers topped La Grande 7-2 in the championship game on a mostly sunny but breezy Sunday afternoon.
Starting pitcher Spencer Shirtcliff held La Grande, which had won three of its four previous games, to just two runs in 5 ‚ innings before yielding to Sam McCauley with the bases loaded in the sixth and Baker leading 3-2.
McCauley, who was the winning pitcher in Baker’s 10-0 win over Hermiston Saturday, struck out a La Grande batter to end the threat.
Then, after Baker scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 7-2, McCauley set La Grande down in the seventh to clinch the title.
Although the use of wooden bats tends to benefit pitchers, as the traditional bats don’t have as much power as aluminum models, Brewers coach Al McCauley said Baker’s pitchers were standouts.
“Our pitchers were solid in all five games,” he said. “Real efficient.”
Brewers starters threw complete games in the first four wins.
Baker had little trouble advancing to the championship game, winning two games on Friday and two more on Saturday, three by at least 10 runs.
Baker 14, Irrigon 3
Andrew Zellars scattered seven hits and struck out six batters to earn the win on the mound.
The Brewers gave Zellars an early cushion by scoring six runs in the bottom of the first to take a 6-1 lead.
Baker added five more runs in the second inning.
Mason Van Arsdall, Shirtcliff and Sam McCauley each had two hits. McCauley and Hayden Younger each drove in a pair of runs.
FRIDAY GAME 1
Irrigon 1 0 1 1 0 — 3
Baker 6 5 3 0 x — 14
WP — Zellars
Baker hits — McCauley 2, Van Arsdall 2, Shirtcliff 2, Smith, Arriaga, Hester, Younger. Baker RBI — McCauley 2, Van Arsdall, Shirtcliff, Arriaga, Zellars, Hester, Younger 2.
2B — McCauley.
Baker 13, Homedale 3
Baker fell behind 3-1 in the third inning before exploding for 11 runs in the third inning to take command.
The first eight Baker batters in the inning all scored. Warner Robertson drove in two runs with a single, and Zellars later plated two runs with a double.
Robertson was the winning pitcher, striking out eight and allowing five hits.
FRIDAY GAME 2
Homedale 1 0 2 0 0 0 — 3
Baker 1 0 11 0 1 x — 13
WP — Robertson
Baker hits — McCauley, Robertson 2, Van Arsdall, Shirtcliff 2, Smith, Zellars, Younger. Baker RBI — Robertson 3, Zellars 2, Van Arsdall 2, Shirtcliff, Smith
2B — Robertson, Van Arsdall, Zellars, Younger.
Baker 7, Pendleton 2
The game was close again early, tied at 2 after two innings, but the Brewers scored three runs in the third and two more in the fourth.
Zander Arriaga gave up just two hits in earning the win.
Spencer Smith and Zellars each had two hits. Zellars drove in two runs.
SATURDAY GAME 1
Pendleton 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 — 2
Baker 2 0 3 2 0 0 x — 7
WP — Arriaga
Baker hits — McCauley, Robertson, Van Arsdall, Shirtcliff, Smith 2, Zellars 2. Baker RBI — McCauley, Robertson, Zellars 2, Shirtcliff.
Baker 10, Hermiston 0
McCauley was dominant on the mound, allowing a single hit and striking out six.
McCauley also had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two runs.
Van Arsdall had two hits and drove in three runs.
SATURDAY GAME 2
Hermiston 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
Baker 0 6 3 0 1 — 10
WP — McCauley
Baker hits — McCauley 3, Van Arsdall 2, Smith, Chastain, Younger. Baker RBI — McCauley 2, Robertson, Van Arsdall 3.
2B — McCauley 2, Van Arsdall, Younger.
The Brewers will travel to Bend for a four-day tournament starting Thursday.