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DELIVERING THE PITCH:    La Grande's Kenny Haggerty zeros in on the strike zone against a Pendleton batter Thursday. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
DELIVERING THE PITCH: La Grande's Kenny Haggerty zeros in on the strike zone against a Pendleton batter Thursday. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

The La Grande baseball boys went nip-and-tuck with 4A Pendleton for most of their game Thursday, but two errors in the top of the seventh and a timely Bucks two-run double helped give Pendleton a 9-5 win.

The game was played in cold sprinkles and snow flurries, and the cold might have affected play, as both teams combined for 10 errors.

Coach Dennis Young said the team played well "except for one bad inning (the seventh). We were in a position to make plays that we didn't make. We didn't make catches when we needed to."

Young said the team, despite its 1-8 record, has shown it can play well and be a good squad. Most of La Grande's games have been against 4A schools. "The kids are beginning to realize they're a really good ballclub," Young said.

La Grande scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Pendleton lead to 6-5.

Pendleton nearly got out of the sixth inning without giving up a run.

After a walk by Kenny Haggerty, Shaun Cederholm got on base by error. Travis Turner then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending grounder, but the umpire called catcher interference and Turner was awarded first base.

The Bucks' error cost Pendleton, as Trent Evins then hit a two-run single.

The Bucks came back, getting a lead-off single in the seventh, a throwing error was made on a sacrifice bunt, then another error was made on a throw to first to score one run.

With two runners on, Pendleton came through with a clutch double to make it 9-5. La Grande, which had battled back from deficits all game, wasn't able to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh.

Turner and Evins each had two hits and a double. Evins had two RBIs and scored a run, while Turner scored one run and drove another one in.

Derek Moore pitched well, pitching two scoreless innings before Pendleton scored its unearned runs in the seventh.

La Grande next plays in its Greater Oregon League opener April 10, hosting Mac-Hi.

— Pierre LaBossire

Pendleton 212 100 3 — 9 12 4

La Grande 120 002 0 — 5 7 6

Pendleton — Alberts, Whalen (7) and Van Cleave; La Grande — Haggerty, Derek Moore (5) and Kelly Moore. WP — Alberts. LP — Haggerty.

La Grande hits — Evins 2, Turner 2, George, K. Moore, Frye. 2B — Evins, Turner. RBI — Evins 2, George, Frye, Turner.

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