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La Grande’s Seth Madsen pitched 6-2/3 innings Tuesday night to earn the opening-game victory over Pendleton. The righty struck out six and allowed four hits. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
McDonald’s/Legacy Ford sweeps Pendleton in doubleheader
The McDonald’s/Legacy Ford Legends American Legion baseball team had an interesting night Tuesday. But at the end of it all, the Legends came out with a sweep of Pendleton’s Pepsi Diamondjaxx, taking the opener, 2-0, and rallying in the nightcap, 7-5.
The Legends rode the arm of Seth Madsen in the first game. Madsen went 6-1/3 innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six.
“Seth did great,” Legends coach Mike Wisdom said. “He hasn’t been pitching much, but he threw strikes and we did a great job on defense. That was a well-played game.”
The game was scoreless when Jake Chamberlain led off the fourth inning with a triple. Madsen’s fly ball to left field scored Chamberlain to break the scoreless tie.
Pinch runner Brandon Cedarholm eventually came around to score on a wild pitch to give McDonald’s/Legacy Ford a 2-0 lead.
Madsen looked for a complete-game shutout but was relieved with two outs in the seventh inning, and Kurt Boyd was able to pick up a one-out save.
The Legends finished with five hits to Pendleton’s four.
That set up the nightcap that was anything but a clinic on clean baseball.
After La Grande’s Logan Lankford and Pendleton’s Erik Stewart matched zeroes through four innings, the Diamondjaxx finally got to Lankford in the fifth.
The Legends committed four errors in the inning, and Pendleton took advantage of some wild pitches to score four times.
“Logan hasn’t pitched that much either,” Wisdom said. “I think he might have gotten tired there. Typically we play great defense, and we didn’t that second game.”
But there must have been something in the water on Tuesday night, because the Legends were able to rally for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Pendleton committed two crucial errors of its own, and Stewart found the backstop a couple of times, allowing baserunners to score.
Eli Wisdom relieved Lankford in the sixth inning and picked up a two-inning save to cap a 2-0 night for the Legends.
The teams combined for nine hits and seven errors in the second game.
McDonald’s/Legacy Ford is now 19-5 this season and will play one nine-inning game at DeSales in Walla Walla, Wash., Thursday.