Tigers roll to perfect weekend, tourney title
ONTARIO — A little wildness in the bottom of the seventh allowed the La Grande baseball team to come home with the championship trophy Saturday at the Treasure Valley Classic.
Isaiah Cranford raced home on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 win over Scappoose.
Back-to-back singles by Cranford and Tyson Wicklander got the offense going in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Tanner Stremcha drew a walk to load the bases, and Cranford raced home to help La Grande improve to 3-0 in its opening weekend.
La Grande opened the scoring with a run in the first inning, but the Indians took the lead in the fourth, scoring three times.
The Tigers tied the game in the fifth, 3-all. Wicklander’s two-out single started the rally. Stremcha drew a walk, and a Jared Rogers double brought home both runners.
Rogers finished the game going 2-of-3 at the plate. Wicklander also finished with a pair of hits.
Cranford picked up the win for La Grande, working a perfect seventh inning on four pitches.
Eli Wisdom went six innings and allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out three.
La Grande moved into the championship game with a 17-6 win over Burns Friday.
Wicklander went 3-of-5 with three RBIs and scored three runs. Daniel Cribbs and Rogers each had two hits. Brandon Cederholm drove in three runs.
Stremcha picked up the win in relief. He took over for Cribbs in the fourth inning and worked four innings. Stremcha allowed four runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked four batters.
Eli Childs worked four scoreless innings in relief during a 13-3 win against Fruitland, Idaho, to open the tournament Friday. He struck out three and walked three batters. Trenton Powers picked up the win. Powers worked three innings, striking out two and walking four batters.
Cranford was 3-of-5 at the plate. Wicklander, Powers and Cederholm each had two hits in the game.
La Grande played Enterprise/Joseph at 9:45 a.m. this morning at the at Baker Spring Tournament. The Tigers will also take on Marsing, Idaho, at noon today.