PENDLETON - Jamie Caldwell wrapped up a 23-3 freshman baseball season for Pendleton High School, helping the ninth-grade Buckaroos beat Hermiston in a May 15 doubleheader.

Two days later, he was back in uniform for Big John's as Pendleton Babe Ruth Baseball kicked up another season. Caldwell put on a performance to remember on the mound, striking out 19 in seven innings in helping Big John's to a 5-2 win over Graybeal Distributing.

"That was pretty impressive," his coach, Travis Garton, said.

Although an inning only has three outs, Caldwell struck out four in the second inning alone. The catcher, Garton said, dropped a third strike and the batter managed to reach first base.

Caldwell also had two hits in the game.


Hermiston Babe Ruth Baseball is staging its own version of Midnight Madness - only it's a lot longer than the traditional basketball event - June 8-9 with the 24-Hour Wood Bat Tournament.

Beginning 8 p.m. June 8, games including area Babe Ruth teams will go on non-stop, into the night, the next morning and afternoon. According to the latest schedule, teams from Hermiston, Stanfield, La Grande, and Grant County will take part in the tournament, and space for tents will be available.

Each game will have a time limit of 2 hours and 15 minutes.


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