PENDLETON - The game may have featured 19 hits, but it was a passed ball that brought home the winning run as Rain Roofing's Heat defeated Milton-Freewater 10-5 to win the Hodgen American Legion Tournament Sunday.

Trailing by a run entering the bottom of the six, the Heat exploded for six runs to come away with the victory.

With one out, Hoss Veliz was hit by a pitch for the second time in the contest and Kevin Skogley singled to right. Matt Bergstrom followed with a RBI single to pull the Heat even before Skogley scored the eventual winning run.

Chris Murray added an RBI single, his third hit of the game, and Nick Gutierrez drove in his second run with a sacrifice fly.

Sydney Hughes pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief of Nick Carollo, who was up from the Hermiston Heat A team. Carollo did everything coach Scott Depew could have hoped for, plus some.

"Nick did a great job and gave us four solid innings," Depew said.

Hughes, who didn't allow a hit, has been solid for Rain Roofing the entire season.

"I thought Syd threw great today," Depew said. "He's been pretty solid for us all summer."

Chris Murray had the hot bat for the Heat going 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles, while Kevin Skogley was 7 for 10 during the Heat's three-game run for the championship.

Making the Heat victory even more impressive was the way the Twins had defeated its first two opponents, winning by a combined 20-4 score.

"It was nice to see our kids swing the bats," Depew said. "The extra effort they gave today was nice."

Rain Roofing returns to action tomorrow with a home game against Salem, while Wednesday's game against Walla Walla is still up in the air as both teams have a number of players who will be attending football camp.

In other Legion action, Hodgen Distributing got past the Oregon Outlaws 7-5, as Adam Whalen picked up a complete game victory. C.J. Severin led Hodgen at the plate going 2 for 4 with a couple of RBI.

"It's nice to pick up a win after two disappointing losses," coach Tim Cary said.

Hodgen was without standout John Grote, who was playing in an all-star game, making things more difficult for the squad, but Cary believes the experience will be good for his team.

"It's good for the kids to get used to playing different positions," he said.

La Grande defeated Dean's Athletic in the other tournament game 4-3 in eight innings.


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