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Mitch Workinger watches the ball head for the strike zone Friday afternoon. Only one Baker batter was able to get a hit off Workinger in the 6-0 shutout victory over the Diamondbacks. The McDonalds/Legacy Ford Legends host DeSales Tuesday. (Brad Mosher/The Observer)
McDonald’s/Legacy Ford hurler blanks Baker for 6-0 win
For a batter, it was a perfect pitch — it went right down the middle. Baker’s Mason Cline connected with it for a two-out single in the top of the sixth inning.
That was the only hit off Mitch Workinger Friday afternoon at Optimist Field as the McDonald’s/Legacy Ford Legends baseball team hammered out a 6-0 shutout win over the Baker Diamondbacks.
While Workinger was dominating the visiting Diamondbacks at the plate, the Legends started scoring in the second inning.
“He (Cline) jumped all over it,” Workinger said after the game. “I didn’t locate that one right where I wanted to — but then, he’s their best hitter,” he said.
According to pitching coach Darwin Roberts, it was a strong outing by Workinger. “Mitch threw extremely well. I thought he was going to get away with a no-hitter.”
Workinger struck out eight Baker batters in the game.
Roberts added that the team still had some mental errors that the coaches will have to work on as the season begins. “They’re young and that stuff is going to happen,” he said.
Jake Chamberlain started the Legends off with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch. Trenton Powers
Workinger hit back to the pitcher, but while Powers was thrown out at second, Chamberlain scored.
Armed with a 1-0 lead, the Legends scored again in the bottom of the third inning, with two more runs.
Eli Childs got on base because of an error, then moved to second on a bunt by Tyson Wicklander.
Brandon Cederholm hit a sacrifice fly, moving Childs to third and Wicklander to second.
J.C. Rogers started the scoring with a single to center that scored Childs. Wicklander followed Childs to the plate, giving the hosts a 3-0 lead.
Drew Hively singled to start the Legends in the bottom of the fourth inning, then stole second. Hively moved to third on a single by Childs.
When Wicklander got a walk, it loaded the bases.
It was a single by Rogers that scored Hively, but Rogers was picked off at first.
Chamberlain was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, but Powers was thrown out at first by the shortstop for the third out.
With a 4-0 lead, the Legends added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
A Baker error helped Wicklander get on base. He moved to third on an infield hit by Cederholm.
Chamberlain was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out. Daniel Cribbs hit a two-run double that scored both Wicklander and Cederholm, while Chamberlain was out at third.
The victory, in the second of two charity games with Baker, gives the Legends a 2-0 record to start the season. The Legends won the first game by a 9-4 score Tuesday.
According to Legends head coach Parker McKinley, the team is improving.
“One of our goals was to have less than two errors. We had one.
“We had been talking about getting the ball in play, making contact and making good hits. We had base runners on forcing Baker to make some tough decisions.
“We made contact. We just need to hit the balls harder. I was a lot happier (Friday) than I was Tuesday,”
One thing McKinley praised was the team’s improvement in putting the game away. In Tuesday’s game with Baker, the Legends held a 4-3 lead in the seventh, then allowed the Diamondbacks to score the tying run.
That didn’t happen Friday, when the Legends went into the seventh inning with a 6-0 lead. “They did a great job. Three guys up. Three guys down. They tried to bunt to get on, but Mitch bounced off the mound and made a great play.
“All around, it was a good game,” McKinley said. “We didn’t make a lot of
McKinley said he was glad the team could help out a coach having a tough time. Pendleton High School baseball coach Greg Whitten was diagnosed with cancer recently. ‘The kids were able to come out and pay tribute to a coach who has done a lot for baseball — that’s the bigger picture,” the Legends coach said.
The coach expects the doubleheader Tuesday with DeSales will be a good test. The first game will start at
“They’ll be tough. They are always tough. They are really well coached and have a dynasty going in Walla Walla. They (DeSales) won another state championship this year.”
DeSales won its 18th Washington 2B state title recently. Pitchers Cameron Richman and Connor Richard allowed a total of three hits and no runs as the Irish (23-2) cruised past Liberty Bell 13-0 in the semifinals and Adna 5-0 for the title.
Richman, a sophomore, worked 10 of the 12 innings, starting both games..