UNION COUNTY ROLLS TO 3-0

July 07, 2003 12:00 am
GUTSY PERFORMANCE: Wallowa Valley's Corby Makin was in hot water for the final two innings against Grant County, but struck out three and got three pop-ups to end the game for a Wallowa Valley 5-3 win Sunday. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
GUTSY PERFORMANCE: Wallowa Valley's Corby Makin was in hot water for the final two innings against Grant County, but struck out three and got three pop-ups to end the game for a Wallowa Valley 5-3 win Sunday. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

Union County is tied with the Snake River Nationals in the 13-year-old bracket pool and are one game away from playing in the District 3 Babe Ruth All-Star championship game Tuesday.

Both teams have 3-0 records heading into Day 4 of the tournament today.

Union County crushed Wallowa Valley 18-0 in five innings Saturday and beat the Harney/Grant Americans 9-2 Sunday.

Union County will play Baker County at 7 tonight, with the winner moving on to the championship game Tuesday.

On Saturday with two outs, Union County tacked on 14 runs off eight hits and three Wallowa County errors in the fourth to take a commanding lead.

It was a tight contest Sunday before Union County seized control in the bottom of the fifth with two runs to take a 5-2 lead.

Richie Carmichael's one-run double in the sixth scored Union County's Anthony Nice from third, who had blasted a triple deep to the right center gap.

Union County scored three more runs in the inning to go up 9-2.

In other games Saturday, Baker defeated Grant 21-10 and Snake River beat Harney 11-3. Sunday, Snake River beat Baker 2-0.

Wallowa's Makin hangs tough for win

The Wallowa Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old boys rebounded from two losses in the District 3 Tournament to hang on for a tough 5-3 win over Grant County Sunday.

The game featured a gutty performance from Wallowa Valley pitcher Corby Makin. Makin was in constant trouble for the final two innings, but he fanned three Grant County batters and induced three others into flyouts to pull out the complete-game win.

Wallowa Valley built up a 5-1 lead heading into the sixth and needed just six outs to close out the game.

Grant County wasn't about to make it easy, however. In the sixth, Grant County rallied with four straight hits and a walk to make the score 5-3.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Makin struck out the next batter, forced a pop-up, then sent another Grant County batter to the bench swinging, to end the threat.

In the seventh, Grant County rallied again, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Makin again made some clutch pitches with the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate.

He struck out a Grant County batter for one out. The next batter hit a fly ball into left center, and left fielder Lucas Stangel made a nice running catch to record the out. The next batter popped the ball up for an easy out to end the game.

Makin ended the game striking out seven while giving up just four hits. Coach Kirk Makin said the team started out with 13 boys but was down to only nine boys Sunday because of injuries.

In fact, one of the Wallowa Valley boys fell out of a tree and broke some ribs and couldn't play. With no bench to rely on, his starters came through, he said.

"They played their hearts out. It was an excellent game," he said.