REDMOND — The Pepsi Diamondjaxx had two rough days in central Oregon going 1-3 in a pair of doubleheaders against Ridgeview and Redmond.
The Pendleton 16U American Legion team’s only win came in the second game against Ridgeview on Thursday 9-7. They lost the opener 10-4, and were swept on Friday by Redmond 4-3, 12-7.
In the win, the Diamondjaxx scored three runs in the sixth, then three more in the seventh to jump into the lead, then Ty Beers retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Caden Primus’ double allowed Nat Hunsaker to tie the score 7-7, then Tanner Sweek singled, followed by a single from Tyler Browning.
Primus scored the go-ahead run, and although Sweek was out at the plate, Browning was able to score on an error to make it 9-7.
Beers struck out two and walked none while allowing three runs on two hits in two innings of work on the mound. He relieved Tucker Zander, who threw the first five and struck out eight, walked three and allowed four runs on five hits.
Hitting leaders in the game were Browning (2 for 2, 2 RBI), Beers (2 for 3, 2 RBI) and Sweek (2 for 3).
In the first game, Ridgeview scored three runs in the second inning and never looked back. Hunsaker had a big game in the loss, going 3 for 4 with two RBI while hitting a double and two triples, and Sweek struck out seven on the mound but allowed eight runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Hunsaker continued his strong hitting on Friday and doubled in both games against Redmond while going a combined 3 for 5 with two RBI.
Errors in the field cost the Diamondjaxx dearly, and they gave up four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to fall in the opener.
Back-to-back doubles got Redmond going, but with the score still 3-1 it needed help.
It got it when the next batter was hit by a pitch, then an error on a grounder followed by an error on a routine fly tied the score 3-3. A single on the next at-bat put Redmond up.
Beers pitched all six innings and just one of his runs allowed was earned. He struck out five, walked none and gave up five hits.
The Diamondjaxx then made four errors in the field in the second game, and Hunsaker was hit hard on the mound allowing eight earned runs on seven hits in three innings.
Sweek highlighted the offense going 2 for 4 with three RBI.