Observer staff

After a brief two-game losing streak, the Wallowa Valley baseball team got back on track with a doubleheader sweep of McLoughlin Saturday, winning the opener in six innings, 15-1, and the second game, 9-6.

The Eagles scored the final 15 runs in the first game, scoring twice in the third inning, four times in the fourth and twice more in the fifth to open up an 8-1 lead.

Then the floodgates broke open in the sixth as Wallowa Valley scored seven more runs to ice the victory.

Flynn Nave and Zeb Ramsden powered the offense, which finished with 10 hits. Nave turned in a 3-for-5 performance and had three RBIs. Ramsden went 2-for-5 and also drove in three runs.

Chris Bathke shut down the Pioneers, tossing five innings, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out seven batters.

In Game 2, Wallowa Valley won a back-and-forth battle by pulling ahead for good in the sixth inning.

The Eagles scored twice in the third and fourth innings for a 4-1 lead, only to see the Pioneers score three times in the bottom of the fourth. Both teams scored twice in the fifth before Wallowa Valley plated the go-ahead run in the sixth innings for a 7-6 lead. The Eagles added two more runs in the seventh.

Rylie Hayward finished the second game 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Nave was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Bathke earned a second win, tossing the final 2-1/3 innings.

Wallowa Valley (7-2 overall) opens Eastern Oregon League play Friday when its hosts Vale.

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