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La Grande’s Garett Avila pitched two scoreless innings Tuesday in the Tigers’ 8-3 loss to DeSales (Wash.) at Optimist Field. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
The La Grande baseball team struggled in an 8-3 non-league loss to DeSales (Wash.) Tuesday at Optimist Field.
And with a play-in game against South Umpqua set for Friday, the loss didn’t sit well with coaches or players.
“It’s like we’re all focused up one game and then the next game it just falls apart,” first baseman Jake Chamberlain said. “I mean, we have the talent to go far in the playoffs. It’s just commitment, that’s all it is.”
Head coach Mark Lanman said he wanted to see more from his squad.
“We could have just done things better,” Lanman said. “I really thought we’d come out and play some good baseball.”
Joe Duehn got the Irish off to a fast start with a leadoff triple off of Kaleb White in the first inning. He came home to score on an Adam Eskil sacrifice fly to put DeSales on the board.
An RBI double by Tim Caudill made it a 2-0 game.
The Tigers got one run in the bottom of the first when Garett Avila scored on a wild pitch, but that would be all the offense LHS would muster until two runs late in the seventh.
The Irish added one run in the second, one in the fifth and four in the sixth.
“We were trying to treat this game kind of like a playoff game — with that type of mindset — but we just didn’t get it done today,” White said after tossing two innings, striking out two and allowing three runs.
Lanman used four pitchers in the loss.
Other than White, Avila threw two scoreless innings and struck out two, Josh Gambill tossed one-plus inning and Mitch Workinger pitched the final two.
Both teams finished with seven hits, but the Tigers didn’t help themselves out by committing three errors.
“I don’t know if today it was ‘oh it’s just an exhibition game, it doesn’t matter, we already got the play-in game.’ I don’t know if it was that or what it was. But it’s just a lack of focus,” said Chamberlain, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
White, Avila, J.C. Rogers, Brandon Cedarholm and Eli Wisdom all had one hit.
Kyler Pommerening was 1-for-2 with two runs scored, including an inside-the-park home run, for DeSales.
La Grande drops to 14-9 with the loss and will host South Umpqua Friday at 5 p.m. in a play-in game. The Lancers are 12-10 and 8-7 in the Far West League.