La Grande, Union stumble at Treasure Valley tourney

Written by Observer staff March 25, 2013 09:17 am

OBSERVER STAFF

ONTARIO — The La Grande baseball team got off to a good start at the Treasure Valley Invitational Friday, but finished the weekend with a 1-2 record.

The Tigers defeated Nyssa 22-1 in the opener, but they failed to keep the momentum going Saturday, losing to Fruitland (10-0) and Scappoose (6-4).

“We played pretty good against Nyssa,” La Grande head coach Mark Lanman said. 

“Then we had a good couple of innings against Fruitland before the wheels fell off the cart.”

La Grande (4-3) had no trouble with the Bulldogs Friday, jumping on them with seven runs in the first inning and adding eight more in the second.

Kaleb White finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs. 

He also pitched two innings, while striking out five.

Eli Wisdom had three strikeouts in three innings of relief work.

Brandon Cedarholm had four RBIs while
going 2-for-4 at the plate. Garret Avila drove in three runs in a 3-for-3 effort.

La Grande outhit Nyssa 16-3 in the win.

The offense didn’t carry over to Saturday for LHS.

La Grande ran into a good Fruitland team and managed just four hits.

White was 2-for-3, while Jake Chamberlain and Mitch Workinger both added one hit.

Josh Gambill had four strikeouts in four innings of work on the hill.

“Fruitland is a really good team,” Lanman said. “They’re tough.”

Against Scappoose, LHS took a 2-0 lead in the third but gave up four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth en route to the loss.

Wisdom had a pair of RBIs, while Tyson Wicklander finished 3-for-3.

J.C. Rogers finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

“We just didn’t compete,” Lanman said. “We didn’t fight to get anything done.”

La Grande will return to action on Wednesday when it plays host to 6A Roseburg at noon at Optimist Field.

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