LG MINORS TAKE SECOND
By Pat Perkins
Observer Staff Writer
PENDLETON La Grandes Little League all-stars did not seem disappointed with finishing second Saturday night at the District 3 Boys Minors Tournament.
Even after a 15-1 defeat at the hands of Pendleton in the championship game, La Grandes players went home with smiles on their faces.
Pendleton dominated all four of its games at the tournament, including Thursday in a 14-1 win over La Grande in the championship semifinal. But La Grande finished with a 4-2 record and second-place medals.
One of those wins was a 7-1 triumph Friday over Grant County in which pitcher Zachary Nice pitched a two-hitter. La Grande scored five runs in the first inning even though it didnt get a hit until the fourth inning. A string of walks and hit batters contributed to La Grandes early lead.
Josh Yundt went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate and had three RBIs. Nice struck out 12 Grant County batters.
Saturday, Pendleton again hit the ball well against La Grande. The home team scored every frame of the four-inning game, including five in the second and six more in the third. Dan Fisher was 4-for-4 for Pendleton, and Gabe Rowe was 3-for-3.
Pendleton pitcher Tony Schachtsick struck out six La Grande batters in his three innings.
La Grande got its only run in the second inning. With two outs, Kole Stein walked and moved to second on a passed ball. He scored when Nolan Mills grounder was misplayed by the Pendleton second baseman.
Pendleton advances to the state tournament later this month in Rainier.
Pendleton 256 2 15 13 x
La Grande 010 0 1 3 x
Schachtsick, Rowe and Fisher; Stein and Ricker, B.Mills. WP Schachtsick. LP Stein.
La Grande hits Moore, Roberts, Humphrey.
La Grande 500 011 7 4 x
Grant County 100 000 1 2 x
Nice and Ricker; Wenick, Lippert and Soupir. WP Nice. LP Wenick.
La Grande hits Boyd, Nice, Yundt 2. 2B Yundt. RBI Yundt 3, B.Mills, Humphrey, Ricker, N.Mills.