La Grande second baseman Daniel Cribbs concentrates to make a successful bare-handed throw to first base during the third inning of La Grande’s loss Monday at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
La Grande fails to consolidate momentum, loses to Corvallis
After winning the Saxon Tournament in Salem Sunday, the La Grande Legacy Legends were unable to maintain momentum Monday at Pioneer Park, losing 5-1 to Corvallis.
Both teams struggled offensively, as La Grande and Corvallis each got one hit in the first three innings. Eventually, Corvallis made the offensive breakthrough in the fourth inning.
Following a sacrifice fly that allowed Corvallis to score the first run of the game, the Legends gave up another two unearned runs. With two outs in the inning, Tyson Wicklander committed an error after bobbling a ground ball and failing to make a throw to first base. In the next at-bat, Kane Markley smacked a home run over the fence in right center field that put Corvallis up 3-0.
Despite the loss, Legends head coach Parker McKinley was still upbeat after the game, and said he is happy with both the state of the program and the team mentality.
“It was tough to get ourselves going, but I was pleased with how our kids showed up early and got themselves ready to play,” McKinley said on the short recovery period. “We had played hard all last weekend with four games in three days, but the focus was still there. Our kids were relaxed and not overly tired.”
In the bottom of the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Isaiah Cranford was visibly upset after taking a hard fastball to the head. Cranford didn’t need a pinch runner and scored the only run of the game for the Legends after Brandon Cederholm grounded into a double play.
For the full story, see Wednesday's issue of The Observer