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Legends split with Pendleton
The Legacy Legends settled for a split with the Pendleton Red Bulls Tuesday in a tale of two different ballgames.
Game 1 was a 15-5, five-inning rout in favor of the hosts. But Game 2 turned out to be an eight-inning marathon that the visitors from Pendleton pulled out, 13-10.
“I’m not really pleased with a split, but I think the boys played really hard in both games,” coach Brian Chamberlain said.
The Legends wasted no time in setting the tone of Game 1.
A Seth Madsen RBI single in the first inning brought home Logan Lankford to put Legacy on the board. Two batters later Derrick Peasley roped a two-run single, followed by an RBI single by Eli Wisdom and just like that the Legends were up 4-0.
Josh Gambill added another run on an RBI double, before Wisdom scored on an error off a Kaleb White hit.
“We kind of struggled this weekend (in Spokane). But the boys came back tonight and got on top of things. We had several kids hit the ball well,” Chamberlain said.
The Legends added four more runs in the third inning to stretch the lead to 10-0, before the Red Bulls finally got on the board in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs.
But the lead proved to be too much, as Legacy eventually ended the game in the fifth on an RBI by Tyson Wicklander to put the 10-run rule into effect.
Mitch Workinger picked up the win on the mound, going five innings, striking out three and allowing six hits.
Jake Chamberlain finished three for four with three RBIs, while Seth Madsen was two for three with a pair of runs batted in.
Wicklander was two for four with an RBI.
As a team the Legends out-hit the Red Bulls 13-6.
But Game 2 proved to be another story.
Pendleton came out slugging in the opening inning, putting up three quick runs on starting pitcher Jeremy Evans.
Legacy was able to respond in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run burst of its own, setting up a teeter-totter type of game.
The Red Bulls went back on top in the second inning with a pair of runs, only to see the Legends answer with two runs in the bottom of the third.
The lead flip-flopped twice more only to see Legacy on top 10-9 after the fifth inning.
“We got behind early, but the kids battled back,” Chamberlain said.
The lead held up until the seventh inning when Pendleton was able to tie it on a hard ground ball by Taylor Hillmick that shortstop Mitch Workinger couldn’t handle, allowing a run to come home to score.
But the Legends didn’t seem fazed by the blown lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Madsen led off with a single and took second base on an erred pick-off throw.
Then with two outs, Workinger came to the plate and hit a hard ground ball to third that was overthrown at first base by Ian Rivera.
Chamberlain waved a sprinting Madsen around third base, but the throw beat him to home plate and he was called for the third out of the inning.
“I thought the ball got down into the bullpen on that one,” Chamberlain said of his thinking to send Madsen.
Pendleton used the momentum gained on defense and struck for three runs in the top of the eighth inning on reliever Josh Gambill.
The Legends threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but Legacy left the bases loaded and ended the game on back-to-back strikeouts.
Kaleb White finished four for four, while Evans was three for four with three RBIs.
Lankford was two for five with a pair of RBIs.
Evans pitched well in a no-decision, going seven innings and striking out nine.
The Legends had 14 hits but committed seven errors.
Despite the split, Coach Chamberlain seemed optimistic that things are starting to turn the corner for his club.
“We’re starting some league stuff now, and I think we’re getting things off on the right step,” he said.
The Legends will travel to play The Dalles Thursday at 1 p.m.
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