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BAKER CITY — The Joseph High School boys had to make an extra road trip this season Tuesday, but in the end, it was worth it.

The boys took a gut-check nine-inning 10-9 battle thanks to a game-winning double by Andy Hayes in game 1, then came back and played their best game of the year, according to coach Dave Schmidt, to win game 2 by the score of 8-3.

This was a doubleheader originally scheduled to be played in Joseph, but it was snowed out twice. Finally the two teams played in Baker City.

"It was worth the trip," said Schmidt.

The sweep keeps Joseph in second place in the Wapiti League with a league record of 7-1. Grant Union is in first place and is coming to Joseph for a doubleheader noon Saturday.

In game 1, Joseph erupted with a couple of huge innings to take a big lead. The Eagles scored five runs in the third and four runs in the fourth to take a seemingly safe lead.

But, Nyssa kept chipping away and finally tied the game at 9-9 in the top of the seventh.

Wade Gleasman pitched the eighth and ninth innings and struck out four batters, keeping Nyssa in check.

In the bottom of the ninth, John Schmidt led off with a single, then Dustin Gibbs moved him to second base on a fielder's choice.

Hayes then came up and smacked his game-winning double, driving home Schmidt.

Hayes, Gleasman, Schmidt and Chris Garrett all had two hits in the first game. Garrett had four RBIs.

In the second game, Gleasman took to the mound again, pitching a complete game, giving up just four hits and striking out eight.

Gibbs had three hits in the second game, while Ryan Barstad and Garrett had two. Mike Gamboa hit a home run.

Joseph made just one error in the second game.

"That's the best game I've ever seen our guys play," said coach Schmidt.

— Pierre LaBossire

Game One

Nyssa 210 122 001 00 — 9 8 3

Joseph 005 400 000 01 —10 10 6

Whitmire and Cummings; Gibbs, Gleasman (8) and Stewart. WP — Gleasman. LP — Whitmire.

Joseph hits — Gleasman 2, Garrett 2, Schmidt 2, Hayes 2, Lynn, Stewart. 2B — Garrett, Hayes. RBI — Garrett 4, Schmidt, Stewart, Hayes.

Game Two

Nyssa 001 000 220 — 3 4 2

Joseph 302 120 000 — 8 12 1

Waldo, Blair and Cummings; Gleasman and Gibbs. WP — Gleasman. LP —Waldo.

Joseph hits — Gibbs 3, Barstad 2, Garrett 2, Gleasman, Schmidt, Lynn, Gamboa, Stewart. 2B — Barstad, Gibbs, Lynn, Stewart. HR — Gamboa. RBI — Stewart 2, Lynn, Gibbs, Schmidt, Garrett.

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