PAIR OF VICTORIES PUT LHS BASEBALL AT .500
MILTON-FREEWATER With the playoffs out of reach, the La Grande Tigers ended their baseball season Tuesday the best way they could.
La Grande pounded out 27 hits and swept McLoughlin in a Greater Oregon League doubleheader, 20-5 and 10-9.
Senior Rob Searles had the best day at the plate for La Grande (13-13 overall, 7-7 league), going 5-for-7 with two home runs and seven RBIs.
"He had quite a hitting performance today," Young said. "It was great to end his baseball career with a good offensive output."
Both of Searles' home runs came in the first game. He had a three-run shot in the third inning and added a solo homer in the fourth.
La Grande had the game in the bag before Searles went yard. The Tigers led 9-0 after the second inning and 15-0 in the third before Mac-Hi had a four-run third.
"When they get on a roll these kids are pretty tough at the bat," Young said. "Everybody really contributed to this vcitory today."
It helped that pitcher Kenny Haggerty held Mac-Hi to five hits over five innings. The Pioneers' 11 errors were a factor as well.
Zack Glasser went 4-for-5 at the plate and had two RBIs in that game. Tanner Mellinger and Adam Kleck each drove in two runs.
In the second game, La Grande took the lead for good with a three-run fourth inning. The Tigers had a 10-5 lead going into the bottom of the seventh when Mac-Hi made a last-ditch rally off starting pitcher Corey Royal.
"Corey got a little tired. I was hoping for him to get a complete game and it didn't happen," Young said.
A few walks, a couple of hits, an error and a hit batsman contributed to Mac-Hi's four runs in the inning. The Pioneers trailed by one run and had the bases loaded when Young put Aaron Thomas on the mound. Thomas got a ground out to end the game.
"There were quite a few walks. We walked seven hitters and hit four but only gave up four hits," Young said.
Thomas, Mellinger, Kleck and Searles each drove in two runs.
While disappointed the team didn't make the playoffs, Young wasn't complaining about the performance this year.
"I enjoyed the season. The kids did a really good job when they had to," he said. "I was really proud of the performances."
La Grande 276 22 20 17 0
Mac-Hi 004 01 5 5 11
Haggerty and Moore; Strickland, Lubbes (2), Reynolds (4), Ruvalcaba (5) and Gillette. WP Haggerty (4-1). LP Strickland.
La Grande hits Thomas 2, Smith 2, Glasser 4, Mellinger 2, Arritola, Kleck, Searles 3, Moore, Bomberger. 2B Glasser, Kleck, Searles. HR Searles 2. RBI Thomas, Smith, Glasser 2, Mellinger 2, Arritola, Kleck 2, Searles 5. SB Thomas, Smith, Glasser, Kleck, Searles, Moore.
La Grande 021 340 0 10 10 3
Mac-Hi 210 020 4 9 4 0
Royal, Thomas (7) and George; Worsech, Ruvalcaba (5), Strickland (7) and Ely, Oliva (7). WP Royal (3-3). LP Worsech. Sv Thomas (1).
La Grande hits Thomas, Smith, Mellinger 2, Kleck 2, Searles 2, Bomberger, Periman. RBI Thomas 2, Mellinger 2, Kleck 2, Searles 2. SB Thomas, Searles.