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Justin Frederick scored on a wild pitch to kick off a four-run seventh inning as the La Grande Tigers baseball team earned a 7-5 road win over the Hermiston Bulldogs Monday.

Frederick’s run broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh, and a flurry of offense followed. Parker Robinson scored when Danny Chamberlain was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Isaac Zamora scored on a bases-loaded walk to Payton Cooper, and Justin Comfort scored when Riley Miller was hit by a pitch, also with the bases loaded, for a 7-3 lead.

Hermiston scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but fell short.

The Bulldogs scored once in the third inning and twice in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead, but La Grande evened the score with three runs in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Wyatt Earp and a two-run single by Isaac Zamora.

Devin Bell pitched three innings in relief for the win, allowing two runs — one earned — on one hit with a walk and a strikeout.

La Grande (12-6 overall) hosts Baker in a doubleheader Friday.


Bobcats drop wild battle against TigerScots

The Union/Cove Bobcats baseball team fell short in a Special District 7 shootout against the Weston-McEwen TigerScots on the road Tuesday, losing in Athena, 16-13.

“We got off to a slow start and just couldn’t get over the hump,” head coach Jon Reynolds said. “Neither team could get off the field without giving up a couple runs.”

D.J. Coon had a four-hit day, both Gannon Carreiro and Keegan Glenn went 3-for-6, and Cole McLean had two hits and four RBIs. Glenn added a pair of RBIs.

The Bobcats (4-7 overall, 2-6 SD7) host Grant Union/Prairie City in a doubleheader Saturday.

Outlaws softball drops two to Weston-McEwen

The Enterprise Outlaws softball team dropped a home doubleheader to the Weston-McEwen TigerScots Tuesday, losing 15-1 and 15-9.

The Outlaws had just five hits in the opener. Samantha McFarland had two hits and an RBI.

Enterprise hung closer in the nightcap and had 14 hits, but still came up short in its attempt at a split. Liz Rowley and Lexie Gassett had three hits each, Jessie Teeney, Grace Collins and McFarland had two hits, and Rylin Kirkland,
Rowley and Gassett had two RBIs apiece.

The Outlaws (9-6 overall) travel to Umatilla for a doubleheader Friday.

LHS golf places fifth

Braden Bell shot a team-best score of 83 to lead the La Grande Tigers boys golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Baker Invitational Monday.

Cruz Gallegos added a score of 92 and three players — Tristen Shepherd, Anton Evans and Bradon McCall — all shot 95. The Tigers finished with a score of 365, one behind Greater Oregon League rival Baker, which had 364. Fruitland, Idaho, was the team champion with a score of 315.

“The kids wanted to play better, (but) when it’s cold like that and the wind is blowing, it’s miserable,” head coach Ron Evans said. “The kids hit the ball well, just had trouble putting down there.”

The Tigers are back on the course today at the state preview tournament today in Creswell.

Tigers tennis falls in Baker

The La Grande Tigers tennis team picked up just two wins against the Baker Bulldogs on the road Monday, both on the boys side.

The victories came in No. 4 singles, with Adam Remily earning an 8-4 win over Jorge Duran, and in No. 4 doubles, where Caden Johnson and Devin Ingram edged Dakota Riley and Jake McKinney, 8-6.

In singles, Colm Cahill lost to Zach Schwin, Cayson Forsberg fell to Shane Cunningham and Ashton Morwood was defeated by Alex Davila.

The doubles teams of Nick DuVernay and Kaleb Myer, James Thurman and Scott Remily, and
Mason Mellinger and Gabe Blackman, each lost.

The Tigers girls went winless in Baker Monday, each losing in straight sets. Brenna Bushman, Emily Wilson, Lilia Torres and Maria Ortiz each played singles for La Grande, and the doubles teams were Rebecca Conklin and Maylen Tommy, Brittany Robles and Maritza Villagomez, Katelin Banes and Lindsay Shaul, and Celeste Villagomez and Isabelle Hadley.

The Tigers are back in action today at Ontario.