Austin Piper delivers a pitch in Burns’ game with Glide. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

By Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilander baseball team hosted the U.S. Cellular Spring Thaw Baseball Tournament March 27-29, and despite wet, windy conditions, all six games came off without a hitch.

On the first day of the tournament, Burns opened with a 12-2 win over Willamina in six innings.

With the score tied at 1-1, the Bulldogs pushed a run across to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Hilanders erupted for nine runs in their half of the inning to blow the game open.

Casey Heinz got the rally going with a lead-off triple and scored on a single by Nolan Stampke. Tyler Sims followed with an RBI double, and two batters later, Austin Feist drove in two runs with a single to center field.

Burns then loaded the bases with a fielder’s choice and a hit batter, and Heinz cleared the bases with his second triple of the inning.

The Hilanders tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, and the game was called because of the 10-run rule.

Kieran Colahan got the win for Burns, giving up two earned runs on two hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

The Hilanders banged out 10 hits in the game, led by Heinz, Stampke and Feist who were all 2-for-4 at the plate.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  R H  E
Wil  0  0  1  0  1  0  x   2  2  2
Bur 0  0  1  0  9  2  x 12 10  3

Willamina also played in the second game, losing to Glide 12-3.

On Wednesday, March 28, Glide got past Burns 4-2 in the first game, followed by Vale pummelling Willamina 20-1.

The Hilanders fell behind 3-0 in the third inning as the Wildcats put together a two-out rally.

Glide then added another run in the fourth to go up 4-0.

Burns cut the lead to two in the fifth, but could get no closer as Glide picked up the win.

Austin Piper was saddled with the loss, giving up four earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Hilander offense was held to just three singles.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R H  E
Gli  0  0  3  1 0  0  0   4  5   2
Bur 0  0  0  0  2  0  0  2  3  1

On the third and final game of the tournament, Vale beat Glide 7-4 in the opening game, and Burns topped Willamina 10-4.

Willamina got off to a good start in the re-match with Burns, scoring three runs in the top of the first on four hits.

The Hilanders came back to tie the game with one run in the first inning and two in the second.

Burns took a 5-3 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Jeff Garner and an RBI double by Austin Martin.

Feist brought Heinz home with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and the Hilanders added another four runs in the fifth to put the game away.

Stampke pitched a complete game and picked up the win. He surrendered three earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Burns collected 11 hits, led by Feist and Heinz who were both 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Martin went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Brennan Bailey 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R H  E
Wil  3  0  0  1  0  0  0   4  7  3
Bur 1  2  2  1  4  0 x  10 11 2

The Hilanders hosted Ontario on Tuesday, April 3, but results of the doubleheader were not available by press time.

Burns’ non-league schedule continues Saturday, April 7, with a doubleheader at La Grande, and then they host Lakeview at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.

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