Legends split at home

Written by Eric Avissar, The Observer July 09, 2014 10:07 am

La Grande Legacy Legend Eli Wisdom successfully advances to second base during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, as the Legends split the twinbill with Burns. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
La Grande Legacy Legend Eli Wisdom successfully advances to second base during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, as the Legends split the twinbill with Burns. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

La Grande wins opener, falls in second game

The La Grande Legacy Legends split a doubleheader Tuesday at Pioneer Park against Burns, winning, 14-6 before falling, 8-6.

In both games, the winning team took control with a six-run inning. The Legacy Legends scored six runs in the third inning, a surge that Eli Childs sparked after hitting a two-run double.

“In the first game, I was pretty happy with our swings,” head coach Parker McKinley said. “Our guys have been working hard on changing and adjusting their swings.”

In the second contest, the Legends gave up six runs in the second inning, as Jake Workinger struggled on the mound as the second game starter.

Down 8-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Legends made a strong comeback bid. Drew Hively drove in three of the four runs in the inning after crushing a curveball deep into left center field.

“Hively got a good swing on the ball, and it flew right off his bat,” McKinley said. “When we scored those four runs, we felt like we were getting back on track. It was just too little, too late.”

Childs replaced Tyson Wicklander on the pitcher’s mound for the final inning of the second game, a move which initially appeared to backfire. However, after giving up two hits and a walk to load the bases with no outs, Childs struck out a batter between two defensive stops to escape the final inning unscathed.

“Eli had a great sequence with the bases loaded and no outs,” McKinley said. “He kept the ball down really well and that’s what elevated his performance.”

The Legends are now 12-14, and will be back in action at Pendelton Woodbat Tournament starting Friday.

Hively smashed another ball in the final inning that flew narrowly into foul territory instead of what would have been a home run. Hively ended up striking out before Daniel Cribbs drew a walk, while Childs struck out and Tanner Stremcha had a fly out to end the game.

With the loss, the Legends are now 12-14 this summer, but McKinley is not worried about the team’s record.

“We don’t want to have a losing record, but we’ve experimented with a few things playing kids at different positions,” McKinley said. “We’re taking opportunites for kids to work and develop as baseball players. A big part of what our summer is about is giving guys different experiences playing different positions. It’s not the same guys in the same spots day after day. This is an opportunity for them to gain versatility and learn more about the game. I hate to lose, but it’s important that we develop baseball players too.”finished in 19:04. Petra Evand of Joseph was the third woman in the 5k and sixth overall with a time of 19:56 coming in behind Robert Bondurant of Chimacum, Wash. you finished fifth in a time of 19:34.

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