La Grande splits with Ontario

By Observer Upload April 14, 2009 02:48 pm

ONTARIO — La Grande is still trying to figure one thing out — how to sweep a double header.

The Tigers won Game 1 of a doubleheader against Ontario 5-4 in nine innings.

However, Game 2 didn’t go as well. La Grande fell 10-7.

“We’re getting there,” La Grande head coach Todd Shaffer said. “It’s just a matter of putting everything together. We need to get the timely hits, good pitching and play defense.”

All those things came in the opener.

Josh Yundt started the game on the mound, and had a strong start. The defense finished with two errors, but nothing too costly.

Evan Humphrey supplied the big hit.

Carson Miller drew a walk in the ninth, and then stole second. Humphrey drove Miller in with a single.

Cody Matson shut the door on Ontario for the win.

Game 2 moved along in the same fashion until the home half of the fourth.

La Grande opened the door with an error, and Ontario took the door off the hinges with a pair of home runs.

Ontario scored seven runs in the inning.

“You can’t extend innings for any team,” Shaffer said. “That’s going to catch up with you, like it did today.

“I though we swung the bats really well. When you put together that many hits into doubleheader, you expect to win. It just didn’t happen.”

La Grande (4-5, 1-1 GOL) will host Baker Friday at 2 p.m.

Game 1

La Grande    011 010 101 - 5 10 2

Ontario        030 100 000 - 4  9  2

W - Matson. L - Martinez. 2B- LG, Nice; Ont, Turner, Fields.

Game 2

La Grande    100 033 0 - 7  10  4

Ontario        101 710 x - 10 10 2

W - Fields. L - Miller. 2B- LG, Mills, Boyd, Stein; Ont, Turner, Fields, Lopez. HR- Ont, Mejia, Muchucka.