Observer Staff

The La Grande Legacy Ford Legends baseball team split its first two games of the American Legion State Baseball Tournament in Roseburg and were one of six teams remaining in the double-elimination field as of Sunday night.

The Legends opened play Saturday night with a come-from-behind 6-3 win over the Roseburg Pepsi Bottlecaps — one that saw La Grande score four times in the top of the seventh inning to rally. They followed with an 8-0 loss to North Coos Waterfront Sunday, dropping them into the losers’ bracket.

La Grande 6, Roseburg 3

Parker Robinson had the key hit — a three-run double in the top of the seventh inning — to key La Grande’s comeback in the opener against host Roseburg.

The Legends trailed 3-2 entering the seventh, but two errors and a walk in the frame loaded the bases with one out for Robinson, who roped a 1-2 pitch to left field to unload the bases and put the Legends up for good. He later scored on an RBI double by Justin Comfort for the final margin.

The final hit capped a 4-for-4 day for Robinson, who also had three RBIs. Devin Bell and Payton Cooper also drove in runs for La Grande. Bell — who had two hits and scored two runs — put La Grande on the board in the second with an RBI single, and scored on a triple by Cooper for a 2-1 lead.

Riley Miller earned the win in three innings of scoreless relief, walking one and allowing just two hits. Robinson pitched the first four innings, allowing three runs — two earned — on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

North Coos 8, La Grande 0

The Legends couldn’t come up with an answer for North Coos pitcher Tyler Thorunton, who struck out 11 batters and gave up just four hits — all singles — in throwing a complete game shutout Sunday.

North Coos took the lead for good with a five-run third inning, scoring all five runs with two outs and taking advantage of two La Grande errors. Braydon Snoddy reached on the second of those errors to force home the final run of the rally for the 5-0 lead.

Wyatt Earp allowed six runs — but just one earned — on eight hits in five innings. He struck out six batters and walked two.

La Grande (21-8 overall) faces Dr. Randal’s (Roseburg) Crowns at 4 p.m. today in an elimination game. The Legends will need wins in three straight games to reach the championship on Wednesday.

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