by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Cody Rebeiro slides into home while Vale catcher Christian Rodriguez makes the leap for the high throw. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

The Hilanders’ Cody Rebeiro slides into home while Vale catcher Christian Rodriguez makes the leap for the high throw. (Photo by John L. Braese/The Malheur Enterprise)

The Hilanders’ Ty Reid smacked a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5, and Burns added two more runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-5 win and a sweep of Vale in Eastern Oregon League (EOL) baseball action on Friday, May 2.

The Hilanders won the first game 11-5, as Logan Bailey struck out 15, and Reid went 3-for-3 at the plate with five RBIs.

In the opener, the Vikings took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the bottom of the second.

Burns got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Jack Van Tassel scored on a Viking miscue. Later in the inning, Reid delivered a three-run double to tie the game, and Burns took the lead on a two-run double by Garrett Blackburn.

After Burns upped their lead to 7-4 in the fifth on an RBI-single by Kalib LaChappelle, the Vikings pushed a run across in their half of the inning to cut the lead back to two.

The Hilanders responded by scoring three runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Reid and an RBI-single by Boyd Vinson.

Blackburn scored the Hilanders’ final run on a groundout in the seventh inning.

Bailey pitched a complete game to pick up the win, giving up five runs on six hits and six walks.

“Winning game one was huge,” Burns coach Kevin Feist said. “The guys did a great job of competing all game long. Logan Bailey pitched a great game, striking out 15 Vale batters. It was his best pitching performance of the season.”

Burns loaded the bases to start the second game, as Trace Tiller led off with a single, Ty Hueckman walked, and Austin Feist was hit by a pitch. Bailey then drew a walk, scoring Tiller, and Hueckman scored on a fielder’s choice. Feist ended the scoring in the first on a double steal.

Down 3-0, Vale responded with four runs in the bottom of the first on four hits and two walks.

Vale added a run in the fourth to go up 5-3.

Bailey led off the seventh with a single, setting up Reid’s tying shot over the centerfield fence.

With one down in the ninth, Bailey walked, and Reid singled to put runners on first and second. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Vinson then delivered a two-run single to put Burns ahead 7-5.

After walking the Vale batter to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Hueckman came back from a 3-0 count on the second batter to record a strike out.

The next Viking lined a one-hop shot to Cody Rebeiro at second base, who flipped it to A. Feist at second for an out, and Feist turned the game-ending double play with the throw to first.

“What a way to finish,” said Coach Feist. “After the first inning, we hit some really hard balls that went right to Vale defenders, or they made some nice plays to get the out. It wasn’t looking good going in to the top of the seventh. We had so many opportunities to score earlier, and couldn’t get the ball to find an open spot in the Vale defense. Reid picked a great time to hit a two-run homer. Our dugout went crazy, and it gave us new life.”

Nathan Palmer started for Burns, but Hueckman came on in relief in the second inning and got the victory. He gave up one run on three hits, while striking out nine and walking six in eight innings.

“Ty pitched the game of his life,” Coach Feist noted. “He struck out nine Vale hitters, and did not give up a hit or run to Vale over the last five innings of the game. He just kept getting better as the game went on!

“Ty did a great job coming in to a difficult situation and getting the job done for us. I think he will remember this pitching performance for a long time!”

Tiller, Vinson, Bailey and Reid each had two hits for the Hilanders.

“I am so proud of the guys,” Coach Feist said.  “They played so hard, competed all day long, and came away with a huge league sweep. We absolutely needed to sweep Vale to put us in better position for securing a playoff berth.”

The sweep gives Burns a 6-2 EOL record, while dropping Vale to 5-3 in league.

The Hilanders continue with EOL play on Friday, May 9, when they host Riverside. The doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.


First game

         1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R   H   E

Bur   0  0  6  0  1  3  1   11   11  1

Val    0  4  0  0  1  0  0    5    6    1


Second game

        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R  H  E

Bur 3 0  0  0  0 0  2  0  2   7  9  2

Val  4 0  0  0  1 0  0  0  0   5  7  1


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