by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Trace Tiller steals second in the Hilanders’ win over Willamina. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Trace Tiller steals second in the Hilanders’ win over Willamina. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns baseball team hosted the Spring Thaw tournament March 25-27, and came away with one win and two losses.

In the opening game of the tournament on Tuesday, March 25, the Hilanders lost to Glide 15-3.

The Wildcats scored twice in the first inning, and added four more runs in the third for a 6-0 lead.

Burns put two runs on the scoreboard in the fourth to cut Glide’s lead to four.

After Glide scored four runs in the fifth, the Hilanders pushed another run across the plate in the sixth, but the Wildcats put together a five-run rally in their half of the inning, ending the game.

Burns was held to just three hits in the game, and got RBIs from Logan Bailey and Ty Reid.

Bailey took the loss, giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits over four innings

Glide then took on Willamina in the second game on Tuesday, and Glide picked up a 19-1 victory.

Cool temperatures and blustery winds greeted Burns and Willamina the following morning. The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fifth, but Burns battled back with eight runs over the next two innings for an 8-2 win.

Austin Feist led the Hilander hitting attack, banging out a double, triple and home run with four RBIs in four trips to the plate.

Nathan Palmer gave up two runs on four hits over five innings to get the win. He struck out six, while walking four.

Vale and Glide played the second game of the day, and it was the Vikings coming out on top 5-4.

Burns then played South Eugene in Wednesday’s finale, and the Axemen defeated the Hilanders 19-1.

The Axemen took an early lead with seven runs in the second, while Burns picked up their only run in the bottom of the second on an RBI-single by Justin Lewellen.

Along with Lewellen’s single, Reid had two hits, including a double, and Feist one.

Ty Hueckman was tagged with the loss, giving up seven runs, six earned, in two innings.

South Eugene then tacked on five runs in the third and seven in the fifth to round out their scoring.

Vale played Willamina in the final game of the tournament on Thursday, and the Vikings kept their undefeated record intact with an 11-1 win.

Burns was to host Grant Union for a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 1, but the game was postponed because of the weather.

The Hilander JV team will host Vale for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, and the varsity gets back in action Saturday, April 5, with a doubleheader at La Grande, starting at 1 p.m.

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