By Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns Hilander baseball team defeated three quality opponents at the Grant Union Tournament held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 27-29, in John Day.

The Hilanders opened the tournament on Thursday by hammering Westside Christian 13-0.

Tommy Ghost Dog gave up just one hit and recorded nine strikeouts over five innings to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Logan Garner led the Hilander hitting attack by going 2-for-4, including a triple, with four RBIs and two runs scored. Caleb Feist also tripled in his 2-for-3 performance at the plate and scored three times. Ghost Dog finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

“This was an outstanding performance,” Burns coach Kevin Feist said. “We hit the ball very well, played error-free defense and Tommy turned in an outstanding pitching performance. The kids showed what kind of baseball team they can be.”

Feist added that Westside Christian was a 3A playoff team last year, with almost all starters back this year.

The Burns offense was on right from the start as they put eight runs on the scoreboard in the first four innings. In the fifth, the Hilanders pushed five runs across to end the game in just five innings.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  R  H  E
Bur   2  1  4  1  5  x  x 13 12 0
W.C.  0  0  0  0  0  x  x  0   1  5

On Friday, the Hilanders outslugged the Astoria Fisherman 16-8 to pick up their second tournament win.

Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the third, the Hilanders erupted for six runs and never trailed again in the game.

Ghost Dog put two over the fence and drove in six runs to lead the Hilander hitting attack. Drew Heinz went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
“The weather was cold, snowy and miserable, but it was a great win over a 4A playoff team from last year,” Feist said. “I was proud of how we competed, down by two at two different times, and we battled back.”

Garner got his first start of the year and gave up five runs, all unearned, on four hits over three innings with one strikeout and three walks. Dallon Swindlehurst came on in relief and pitched the final four innings. Swindlehurst gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits with four strikeouts.

“Logan and Dallon pitched very well for their first appearances of the season,” Feist said. Garner picked up the win, while Swindlehurst was credited with the save.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  R H  E
Ast    2  0  2   1  0  3  0  8  10 2
Bur   0  2  6   0  2  6  x 16  7  5

In their third, and final game of the tournament, the Hilanders held off Cascade Christian for a 7-6 win.

Burns broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning by scoring five runs.

The Challengers answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Burns bumped the lead back up to five with solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Cascade Christian took the game down to the wire, scoring four times in the bottom of the seventh before the Hilanders recorded the final out of the game.
Ghost Dog pitched six innings to get his second win of the tournament. He surrendered just two runs, both earned, on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. Heinz pitched the final inning, and gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits and one walk.

“It was great to finish the tournament with a 3-0 record,” Feist said. “Cascade Christian battled hard and almost came back in the last inning. I don’t think we played our best baseball in the last game, but we played well enough to win.”

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  R H E
Bur    0  0  0  5  1  1  0  7  9  2
C.C.    0  0  0  2  0  0  4  6  8  3

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