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The La Grande Tigers baseball team earned a key doubleheader sweep of rival Baker on the road in Greater Oregon League play Friday, winning 4-2 and 9-4 to move into a tie for first place in the GOL and hand the Bulldogs their first and second losses of the season.

La Grande 4, Baker 2

The Tigers strung together a late rally to come back from a 2-0 deficit and take the opening game.

A solo home run by Isaac Zamora in the fourth inning and a Justin Frederick RBI double in the fifth evened the score at 2-2, and in the sixth Brody Kincade’s RBI single and Riley Miller’s RBI double gave the Tigers the lead for good.

Zamora, who along with Frederick had two hits, also pitched six innings for the win, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Parker Robinson worked out of a jam in the seventh for the save.

La Grande 9, Baker 4

The Tigers never trailed and distanced themselves with a five-run sixth inning to complete the sweep.

Robinson, Kincade and Riley Cooper each drove in two runs for La Grande. Robinson’s two-run single in the second gave La Grande the lead for good at 3-1. Kincade hit an early RBI single and was hit by a pitch during the decisive sixth, and Cooper hit a two-run double in the sixth that gave La Grande an 8-2 lead. Frederick added an RBI single for the Tigers.

Robinson collected the win, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. During that stretch, Robinson delivered nine strikeouts.

The Tigers (7-6 overall, 3-1 GOL) host McLoughlin Friday.

Wallowa Valley splits with Vale

The Wallowa Valley Eagles baseball team split a doubleheader against Vale at home in Special District 5 play Friday, winning the opener 6-5 in nine innings before losing the second game, 12-2.

Wallowa Valley 6, Vale 5

The Eagles rallied from behind three times, with the final comeback in extra innings boosting them to a win.

Down 5-4 in the ninth, Gus Ramsden singled, and Zeb Ramsden walked. Flynn Nave then hit a game-tying RBI single, and David Salim won the game with a walk-off RBI single.

Vale had taken an early 2-0 lead, but the Eagles scored twice in the fourth on a Kaden McClure RBI groundout and an error. Vale retook the lead, 4-2, in the sixth, before Gus Ramsden hit a two-run single in the home-half of the sixth to tie the score.

Gus Ramsden and Salim each had two hits, and Chris Nobles turned in a three-hit day. Ramsden also had two RBIs.

Trace Evans pitched four innings of relief for the win, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Vale 12, Wallowa Valley 2

The Eagles were unable to maintain an early lead as Vale piled on the runs late to salvage a split.

Nobles hit a two-run single in the first for an early lead, but the Eagles failed to score again. The Vikings scored a run in the second and three runs in the third to pull ahead, then scored eight runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to turn the game into a rout.

The Eagles (7-2 overall, 3-1 SD5) travel to La Pine Tuesday.

Bobcats record split on the road

The Union/Cove Bobcats softball team split a doubleheader at Sherman/Arlington/Condon Saturday, eking out a 8-7 win in the opener before dropping the second game, 16-2.

Stats were not provided.

Union/Cove (3-3 overall, 1-2 Special District 7) host Dufur/South Wasco County Saturday.