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Legends falter twice at Woodbat Classic Invite

Mud Dogs also lose pair in Spokane

It was a brutal start of the Woodbat Classic Invitation in Spokane, Wash., for the La Grande Legacy Legends, as they suffered two one-run defeats on the opening day Thursday.

In its initial game against Juanita, a 4-2 loss, La Grande shot out to a 2-1 lead with two unearned runs in the third inning. But Juanita battled back to tie it with a run in the fifth inning, and went ahead 3-2 with another score in the sixth to steal the win.

Connor Richard pitched for La Grande, going 6-1/3 innings. He struck out six batters while just walking one, allowing two runs on six hits in the loss.

The Legacy Legends were limited to just three hits in the first game. The second game saw La Grande outhit its opponent, the Spokane Northstars, 12-8, but the end result was the same as the first, falling 5-4. 

Trailing 1-0, Eli Wisdom smacked a two-run double in the third inning that gave La Grande a 2-1 advantage. After the Northstars knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth, the Legacy Legends scored two runs in the top of the fifth. Jared Rogers singled Tyson Wicklander in, and another run came in off a Northstar error to make it a 4-2 game.

The lead would hold until the final frame. The Northstars scored a pair of runs off a sacrifice fly and a La Grande error that tied it. With the bases loaded, Spokane won it with a walk-off single. 

Rogers had three hits in the second game, as did Wisdom, who drove in two runs while scoring twice. Wicklander went the distance on the mound and took the loss, allowing eight hits and walking five while striking out two.

In the junior division, the Mud Dogs dropped their two games. Despite Brad Bell, Alec Cranford and Ty Hueckman notching two hits apiece, they fell to Calgary 7-4. 

The Mud Dogs took it on the chin in the second game, getting blanked 10-0 by Mt. Spokane.  They were outhit 10-5 in the shutout loss, committing three errors that contributed to a six unearned runs for Mt. Spokane.

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