The La Grande Legacy Ford Legends Seniors went 4-0 at the La Grande Wood Bat Tournament over the weekend to capture the title.
“This is the second time we have hosted the tournament and we won it last year too,” La Grande coach Parker McKinley said. “The kids threw very, very well this weekend throwing strikes, and one of the things we try to preach is throw strikes and play good defense.”
The Legends allowed just four runs total in four games as pitching proved to be the key factor for the Legends over the three-day tournament that wrapped up on Saturday.
Wyatt Earp picked up the win in the championship game downing North Eugene 5-1. Earp allowed seven hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and four walks.
La Grande, which had six hits, scored two runs in the fourth and sixth innings. No batter had more than one hit for the Legends, but Nick Bornstedt did drive in a pair of runs.
Defensively, Logan Williams and Devin Bell stepped up in the middle of the defense to turn a pair of double plays.
The Legends trailed Baker 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh after giving up two runs in the top of the inning. However, Riley Gregg smacked a two-RBI double to lift his team to the come-from-behind victory on Friday, 3-2.
“This summer (Riley) has been playing very well and going from his sophomore to junior year we have been really happy with how hard he has been playing on the field, he is a good teammate and very vocal,” McKinley said.
Three pitchers combined to allow just four hits for the Legends while striking out four and walking five. That effort helped overcome five errors in the game, four coming on throws.
La Grande would pick up another victory on the day with a 12-2 decision over North Eugene. Eight runs in the bottom of the fifth ended the game early as La Grande went 3-0 in pool play to set up the championship game with North Eugene, which went 2-1 in pool play.
Justin Frederick and Cole Jorgensen had two hits apiece as the team rapped out 10 in the game while Earp drove in four runs. Bornstedt picked up the win on the mound allowing just three hits in five innings with three strikeouts.
McKinley said Bornstedt has now strung other several strong outings on the mound and has taken his play up a notch.
Thursday, the La Grande rode the strong pitching of Devin Bell to the 6-0 win over Pendleton. Bell threw a one-hitter while striking out three and walking three. The Legends got three runs in both the first and fourth innings. Five players had one hit apiece.
The Legends are now 20-7 on the season and will begin play in the state tournament Sunday.