JOSEPH SWEEP INCREASES HOPE FOR TITLE
By C.J. Gish
Observer Staff Writer
ELGIN Joseph took a big step toward its first Wapiti League baseball title Saturday.
The visiting Eagles swept the defending league champion Elgin Huskies 6-1, 8-0.
Joseph improved to 10-2 for the season and 3-1 in the league. The Eagles trail 5-1 Pine-Eagle and 4-0 Nyssa.
We had a solid defense and were aggressive on the bases, Joseph coach Dave Schmidt said. Im really proud of the guys.
Joseph used solid pitching from Jimmie Baynes in the first game and Tyler Nall in the second. Each pitcher allowed only two hits as the Eagles held off the high-powered Elgin offense during the early innings while building their lead in the middle of each game.
In the first game, Joseph went ahead 3-0 through six innings before going off for three runs in the seventh. Two of the runs came on a passed ball and a wild pitch, something Elgin (4-3 overall, 2-2 league) struggled with.
The Huskies had nine passed balls and three wild pitches, to go along with seven errors, in the opener.
Elgins lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning on a James Reagan RBI double.
Dollen Stroup and Baynes had two hits apiece for Joseph. Baynes added two RBIs and Stroup had two steals.
Im shell shocked, Elgin coach Gordy Simons said. We have to step it up. This is a wakeup call for Elgin. Were going to wake up or were not going to make the district tournament.
I need my upperclassmen to step it up because I have four freshmen starting. That first game (my upperclassmen) let them down.
The second game was nearly a duplicate of the first as Joseph built another 3-0 lead through six innings, only to erupt in the seventh for five runs.
We beat ourselves in that first game, Simons said. In that second game, (Joseph) beat us.
I was impressed with Joseph. They werent afraid to throw the ball anywhere.
Barstad led Joseph with two RBIs. Zac Bouch had three steals for Elgin.
Joseph hosts the Grant Union JV Tuesday for one game, and Elgin travels to Halfway Saturday for a league doubleheader with Pine-Eagle.
Joseph 000 111 3 6 7 2
Elgin 000 001 0 1 2 7
Baynes and Kuppinger; Simons and Bouch. WP Baynes. LP Simons.
Joseph hits Stroup 2, Baynes 2, Wagner, Kuppinger, Barstad. 2B Baynes. RBI Baynes 2, Wagner, Stroup, Garrett. SB Stroup 2, Barstad, Baynes, Wagner.
Elgin hits Eckstein, J.Reagan. 2B J.Reagan. RBI J.Reagan. SB Simons, Eckstein.
Joseph 010 020 5 8 7 0
Elgin 000 000 0 0 2 8
Nall and Kuppinger; Bouch and Simons. WP Nall. LP Bouch.
Joseph hits Barstad, Garrett, Stroup, Baynes, Lynn, Gibbs, Kuppinger. RBI Barstad 2, Garrett, Baynes, Gibbs. SB Baynes.
Pine-Eagle sweeps Union
UNION Shae Prince and Tim McReynolds turned in standout performances against Pine-Eagle Saturday.
The two accounted for the majority of Unions offense, but they couldnt make up for the absence of three starters in a pair of losses that knocked the Bobcats out of the district playoff race.
Pine-Eagle beat hosting Union 14-3 in five innings and 23-13 in six innings.
McReynolds and Prince had great games overall, Union coach Greg Poor said.
Prince went 4-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, seven RBIs and three runs scored, and McReynolds went 4-for-5 with four runs. Neither one struck out at bat.
Union (2-9, 0-6) struggled, though, without senior first baseman Kodi Buchanan, junior shortstop/pitcher Lucas Maples and freshman catcher Matt Fiorito. All three are starters.
Fiorito is day-to-day with an ankle sprain suffered Thursday in practice. Buchanan and Maples were lost for the remainder of the season due to violating school policy.
Between the three, that hurt us, Poor said. We had two days to practice and rearrange our team. We have a lot of people playing different positions and it showed.
Union committed 11 errors in the first game and 13 in the second.
We have to have some kids step up and do some good things. We have to start over and go from here, Poor said.
Union travels to Joseph Saturday for a league doubleheader.
Pine-Eagle 327 20 14 7 2
Union 201 00 3 6 11
Lattin and Sciarrino; Prince and Maley. WP Lattin. LP Prince (1-5).
Union hits Maley 2, Bertrand, McReynolds, Satterfield, Prince. 2B Prince. RBI Prince.
Pine-Eagle 308 813 23 9 3
Union 314 050 13 11 13
VanHooser and Sciarrino; Satterfield, Prince (4), Stockhoff (5) and Goodman. WP VanHooser. LP Satterfield (0-3).
Union hits McReynolds 3, Prince 3, Goodman 2, Bertrand, Satterfield, Maley. 2B Prince 2. 3B Prince. RBI Prince 6, McReynolds, Satterfield, Maley, Dodds.