By Randy Parks
The Hilanders’ Tyler Cooper covers third as the Ontario baserunner slides in. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
The La Grande Tigers took two from Burns in non-conference baseball action on Saturday, April 7, in La Grande.
The Tigers won the first game 1-0 and topped the Hilanders 7-4 in the second game.
The Tigers scored the only run of the opener in the bottom of the fifth on one hit, an error and a sacrifice fly.
Austin Piper took the loss, giving up the one unearned run in six innings of work. Piper allowed seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Burns did have a couple of chances to put a run on the board, but couldn’t come up with the key hit. In the third inning, Austin Martin delivered a two-out single, and reached third on a double by Casey Heinz. The next batter grounded out however, ending the rally. Tyler Sims and Tyler Cooper had back-to-back singles in the fourth, but couldn’t advance any further.
The Hilanders’ Nolan Stampke led off the sixth with a single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Sims. Cooper was then hit by a pitch, and after both baserunners stole bases, Brennan Bailey drew a walk to load the bases. The scoring threat was over there however, as the Tigers turned a grounder into a double play.
The Hilanders finished with six hits, led by Heinz with two.
Burns took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the second game as Austin Feist came home on a ground out.
The Hilanders made it 2-0 in the next inning when Jeff Garner scored on an RBI single by Heinz.
La Grande tied the game in their half of the fourth and then went ahead with a score in the fifth.
Burns came back with a run in the sixth to make it a 3-3 game, only to see the Tigers plate four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Stampke’s home run in the seventh provided the Hilanders’ final run.
Garner led the Hilander offense, going 2-for-2 with a run scored.
Stampke pitched four innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Martin threw one inning and gave up one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout and a walk. Sims pitched the final inning, surrendering four runs, three earned, on two hits and two walks.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final R H E
Bur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
LG 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 7 0
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final R H E
Bur 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 4 4 7 3
LG 0 0 0 2 1 4 x 7 7 10 1
The Hilanders hosted Lakeview on Tuesday, April 10, but results were not available by press time.
Burns will open up Eastern Oregon League play Friday, April 13, when they travel to Umatilla. The doubleheader begins at 2 p.m.
The Burns baseball team split a doubleheader with Ontario Tuesday, April 3, at Corbett Memorial Field.
The Tigers won the first game 5-3 and the Hilanders scored twice in the sixth inning for a 5-4 comeback win in the second game.
Burns took an early 1-0 lead in the opener as Heinz drew a lead-off walk, advanced to second on a single by Feist, stole third and scored on a passed ball.
Ontario put two runs on the board in the second inning with an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly, and Burns tied the game in their half of the inning on an RBI triple by Garner.
The Tigers took the lead with a run in the fourth inning and made it 5-2 with runs in the fifth and seventh frames.
Burns looked to put a seventh inning rally together as Stampke led off with a single and came home on a double by Sims. The Hilanders would go on to load the bases, but were unable to score again before the final out.
Piper took the loss, giving up five earned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Burns finished with eight hits, led by Stampke who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Hilanders also left 12 runners on base.
Trailing 4-0 in the second game, Burns scored three runs in the third inning to cut the lead to one.
Kieran Colahan got the rally started with a single and Heinz and Martin drew walks to load the bases. Feist then singled to drive in two runs, followed by Stampke’s sacrifice fly.
Down 4-3 with one out in the sixth, Stampke and Sims both scored on an Ontario miscue to give the Hilanders the win.
Stampke pitched a complete game innings and got the win. He gave up two earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk.