A ROYAL SHOWING

July 20, 2001 12:00 am
MAKING CONTACT: Shane Slover connected with this ball Thursday in La Grande's 5-2 Amercian Legion baseball win over Baker City. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
MAKING CONTACT: Shane Slover connected with this ball Thursday in La Grande's 5-2 Amercian Legion baseball win over Baker City. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By The Observer

Corey Royal kept Baker Citys offense in check all night Thursday.

La Grande Rain Roofings pitcher went the distance in the nine-inning contest at Eastern Oregon Universitys Snowflake Field. Royal allowed only two runs, both coming in the final two innings, as Rain Roofing won 5-2 in the American Legion baseball contest.

This summer he hasnt pitched as well as I think he can pitch, but I was real pleased with the way he pitched today, because we need him, La Grande coach Wes McAllaster said.

Royal was nearly untouchable, allowing only five hits and holding Baker scoreless in the opening seven innings. He ended with seven strikeouts.

Baker finally started to get a piece of Royal in the eighth inning, tagging him for four hits and one run. In the ninth inning, he gave up two hits and one run.

By then, the game had pretty much been decided. La Grande (14-8) held a 5-0 lead through five innings and was never threatened.

Rain Roofing got onto the board with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Ty Mellingers single drove in Zach Glasser.

Three runs came in the third inning. Following a leadoff out, Tanner Abel hit a double to center field. Mellinger was then hit by a pitch and Dollen Stroup got on to base safely on an error, leading to Abel scoring.

Aaron Thomas and Jason Smith hit back-to-back one-run singles to give La Grande a 4-0 edge.

The final Rain Roofing score came in the fifth inning when Stroup hit a one-run double to right field.

La Grande ended the day with nine hits, led by Mellingers 2-for-2 performance. Abel went 2-for-3 and Smith 2-for-4. Stroup added two RBIs.

La Grande hosts Pendleton for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. today. On Saturday, La Grande hosts Hermiston for a 1 p.m. twin bill.

Baker City 000 000 011 2 13 1

La Grande 103 010 00x 5 9 0

Boyer, Riggs (4), Palmer (8) and Goodenough; Royal and Stroup. WP Royal. LP Boyer.

La Grande hits Abel 2, Mellinger 2, Smith 2, Glasser, Stroup, Thomas, Royal. 2B Abel, Stroup. RBI Stroup 2, Mellinger, Thomas, Smith. SB Thomas, Smith.

Baker City 000 000 011 2 13 1

La Grande 103 010 00x 5 9 0

Boyer, Riggs (4), Palmer (8) and Goodenough; Royal and Stroup. WP Royal. LP Boyer.

La Grande hits Abel 2, Mellinger 2, Smith 2, Glasser, Stroup, Thomas, Royal. 2B Abel, Stroup. RBI Stroup 2, Mellinger, Thomas, Smith. SB Thomas, Smith.