May 20, 2001 11:00 pm
KING OF THE K: Jimmie Baynes struck out 18 Elgin batters in 11 innings as Joseph went on to win 2-1 for a state playoff berth Saturday. It marks the first time in OSAA history that Joseph has advanced to state in baseball. (The Observer/C.J. GISH).
KING OF THE K: Jimmie Baynes struck out 18 Elgin batters in 11 innings as Joseph went on to win 2-1 for a state playoff berth Saturday. It marks the first time in OSAA history that Joseph has advanced to state in baseball. (The Observer/C.J. GISH).

By C.J. Gish

Observer Staff Writer

Two of the top pitchers in the Wapiti League dueled to a near draw Saturday.

In the second game of the District 8-2A/1A baseball tournament, Josephs Jimmie Baynes and Elgins Nick Simons battled 11 innings before Joseph came away with a 2-1 win. It marked the first time since the Oregon Schools Activities Association started keeping prep playoff records in 1946 that Joseph has advanced to state.

With the game tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, Dustin Gibbs led off with a deep hit to left field. With the wind gusting, the ball was misplayed and fell near the wall, giving Gibbs time to get to third base.

Gibbs hit that shot and for a freshman he ran the bases well, Joseph coach Dave Schmidt said.

Ryan Barstad followed and connected for a single that stayed just inside the first-base line, scoring Gibbs for the win.

It was the first run scored by either team since the fourth inning, when Joseph (19-7) tied the game off a Rohs Kuppinger bunt that drove Dollen Stroup home from third base.

But the day belonged to the men on the mound. Baynes gave up a run in the top of the first inning when Nick Simons belted a single up the middle to score Tyler Davis. With two runners on and one out, Baynes struck out the final two Elgin batters and stranded two base runners.

More strikeouts would follow and Baynes ended with 18 for the game.

Theres no way to say how good he was, Schmidt said. Jimmie was simply outstanding. We mixed up the pitches well and that helped us, too.

Elgins early lead didnt scare Baynes, either. I wasnt too worried, he said. Im used to people scoring early on me. It takes me a while to get warmed up.

We had good defense behind me and I knew wed eventually pull it off.

Both defenses played well, committing one error apiece in the marathon contest that lasted three hours.

Elgin (10-7) received a solid outing from Simons, who threw nine strikeouts.

Neither team could get the timely hits they needed to end the game earlier.

Elgin left five runners on base in the first three innings and 10 for the game.

In the eighth inning, Tyler Davis and James Reagan led off with walks, giving the Huskies men and first and second base with no outs. But Davis was forced out at third base when Simons hit a fielders choice and the inning ended with Ryan McKone hitting into a double play.

Elgin was caught again in the top of the eleventh. With two outs, Blake Eckstein was walked and Justin Harris hit a single to center/left field. But Zach Bouch was struck out to end the inning.

We had our chances to put one in, Elgin coach Gordy Simons said. We had a couple of great potential batters at the plate, but they didnt come through.

Joseph left three runners on base during the 11-inning affair. The Eagles left two on during its one-run fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Tyler Nall bunted safely to first, but Baynes was forced out at home. Pat Lynn then hit into a fielders choice for the third out.

Joseph will play in the first round of the state playoffs Friday.

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Joseph 000 100 000 01 2 6 1

Simons and J.Reagan; Baynes and Stroup. WP Baynes. LP Simons.

Elgin hits Davis, Simons, McKone, Harris. 2B McKone. RBI Simons. SB Davis, Simons.

Joseph hits Barstad 2, Stroup, Baynes, Wagner, Kuppinger. RBI Barstad, Kuppinger. SB Nall 2, Gibbs, Lynn.

Nyssa thumps Pine-Eagle

Pine-Eagles pitchers had trouble finding the plate. Not a good sign when youre playing a team that didnt lose a league game all season.

Ninth-ranked Nyssa took advantage of every Spartans mistake for a 15-1 five-inning win in the opening game of the District 8-2A/1A Tournament Saturday.

The game was pretty much over after two innings. Nyssa (22-5) capitalized on four walks and a two-run Roger Manley triple to go ahead 4-0.

The second inning was even better for the Bulldogs. Jessie Garcia led off with a double. Then Juan Gonzales was hit by a pitch, setting up Nick Cudabecks inside the park home run. Nyssa would go on to score five runs to take a 9-0 lead.

For the game, Pine-Eagles pitchers issued six walks and hit four batters. Coupled with Nyssas nine hits and three errors committed by the Spartans defense, Pine-Eagle was never in the game.

Pine-Eagle (9-10) scored its lone run in the top of the third inning. The Bulldogs went on to add three runs in the third and fourth innings.

Manley and Dearl Kite led Nyssa with two hits each. Cudabeck had three RBIs and Manley and Kite added two apiece. Luis Escobedo had two steals.

Mitch Weir paced Pine-Eagle with two hits.

Nyssa plays in the first round of the state playoffs Friday.

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Nyssa 453 3x 15 9 1

Lattin, Skalsky (2), Van Hooser (4) and Sciarrino; Cudabeck, Manley and Kite. WP Cudabeck. LP Lattin.

Pine-Eagle hits Weir 2, Skalsky, Swanson.

Nyssa hits Kite 2, Manley 2, Bair, Sapp, Holcomb, Cudabeck, Garcia. 2B Garcia, Holcomb, Kite, Sapp. 3B Manley. HR Cudabeck. RBI Cudabeck 3, Manley 2, Kite 2, Holcomb. SB Escobedo 2, Waldo, Garcia, Holliday.