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FOULED OFF: La Grande Rain Roofing's Drew Fischer fouls a pitch over his head during Monday's game against Salem Cap 9. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
FOULED OFF: La Grande Rain Roofing's Drew Fischer fouls a pitch over his head during Monday's game against Salem Cap 9. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By The Observer

With an American Legion baseball team that includes players from two state high school playoff teams, La Grande Rain Roofing coach Wes McAllaster expects more offense.

Were not doing anything were doing in practice. Were not carrying it over, McAllaster said after Rain Roofing lost its first home game of the season, 5-1 to Salems Cap 9 at Eastern Oregon Universitys Snowflake Field. I hear it in the dugout, but were not doing it offensively.

A two-run home run by Aaron Randkiev in the fourth inning was Salems biggest hit, although McAllaster said it would have been a routine fly ball if not for a gust of wind that swept through the outfield at that time.

That made the score 4-0, and all Rain Roofing (4-4) could muster was a single run in the bottom of the fourth. Zack Glasser and Drew Fischer had back-to-back doubles, but Salem pitcher Nick Viggiano retired the six batters and 11 of his last 13.

Glasser and Fischer have been Rain Roofings hot bats the last week, with each having eight hits and three RBIs in the teams last four games. Fischers double Sunday drove in Glasser for the teams only run in a 4-1 loss to Pendletons Hodgen Distributing.

On the mound, Aaron Thomas went five innings for Rain Roofing, giving up eight hits and three earned runs. Corey Royal had success in relief, retiring the first 10 batters he faced and striking out the side in the eighth inning. He finished with six strikeouts in four innings.

La Grande returns to the field Friday through Sunday in Portland, with five games at a wood bat tournament.

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Viggiano, Hartman (8), Jackson (9) and Gilmore; Thomas, Royal (6) and Slover. WP Viggiano. LP Thomas.

La Grande hits Thomas, Glasser, Fischer 3. 2B Glasser, Fischer. RBI Fischer.

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