Bobcats still in first after district five-way
ELGIN — Union/Cove managed to stay on top in the Special District 7 after the first of two league five-ways Friday.
The Bobcats split their two baseball games, losing to Elgin (12-3) in the opener before trouncing Adrian 17-3 in their second game.
But it was Wallowa/Imbler’s 6-5 victory over Elgin on Saturday that kept Union/Cove one game up in league. The Huskies and Cougars are both 7-3, while the Bobcats are 8-2 with one weekend to play.
Elgin appeared to make the move of the week in Friday’s opener, slowing down a Bobcat offense that had piled up 39 runs in two games earlier in the week.
Union/Cove got on the board in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Brazin Wellington. But the Huskies responded in the bottom of the fourth with a five-run outburst on Kaleb Poor.
Sheldon Blair got Elgin on the board with an RBI single, followed by an RBI double by Drake Davidson. An RBI single by Blake Baker and a two-run single by Casey Furgerson rounded out the inning and Elgin seized control.
The Huskies added another run in the fifth, then six more in the sixth to go on for the easy win. Justin Harris got the win, going all seven innings and striking out seven. Poor went five innings and struck out 12 before Dalton Opie took over in relief and struck out one.
Bobcats 17, Antelopes 3
Union/Cove battered an outmatched Adrian team in Friday’s second game of the day. The Bobcats took advantage of a multitude of errors by the Antelopes to put up eight runs in the first inning, seven in the second and two in the third.
Ty Coon got the win, going just two inning but striking out five. Johnny Kennon pitched two innings in relief and struck out two, while Brenlon Moore pitched a scoreless fifth inning and sat down one.
Adrian 20, Pine Eagle 15 (nine innings)
Adrian and Pine Eagle played one marathon of a game Friday. The teams combined for 35 runs in nine innings of play.
The Antelopes appeared in control most of the game, building a 14-6 lead. But the Spartans rallied in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game on a three-run home run by Kipp Miller, his second of the game.
But in the top of the ninth, Adrian struck for six runs to break the tie and hung on for its second league win of the season.
The game lasted four hours and pushed the Huskies’ contest with Wallowa/Imbler to Saturday morning.
Cougars 18, Spartans 2
Wallowa/Imbler had its way with Pine Eagle Friday. The Cougars jumped all over the Spartans in the first inning. An RBI double by Wesley Conrad got Wallowa/Imbler on the board, followed by an RBI single by Casey Robertson.
Robertson eventually scored on an error at third base on a Riley Graves hit.
The Cougars added six more runs in the second inning, getting RBIs from Andrew Fullerton, Conrad, and Kody Swift to blow the game open.
Wes McDaniel picked up the win for the Cougars.
Cougars 6, Huskies 5
Elgin had a chance to move into a tie for first place with Union/Cove Saturday when it squared off with Wallowa/Imbler. But the Cougars had other plans.
Elgin took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning, but the Cougars took advantage of four Husky errors to rally for three runs, the last of which came on a Graves walk-off single to win the game for the Cougars.
Fullerton got the win, pitching three innings and striking out 12. Drake Davidson took the loss, striking out eight.
Davidson also had a three-run home run in the fifth inning, while Justin Harris had a solo home run in the third.
Fullerton was three for four with a double.
Graves finished three for three, while Conrad was two for three.
Union will play host to a five-way of its own Friday.
The Bobcats and Cougars will kick things off at 9 a.m.
If Union/Cove wins that game and the Huskies win their two games against Adrian and Pine Eagle, then it will be the Bobcats and Huskies going to the state playoffs.