PENDLETON — The Pendleton Buckaroos finished off a perfect 4-0 mark at its Red Lion Buckaroo Baseball Classic on Wednesday afternoon as they defeated Rex Putnam 14-8 and Roseburg 9-8.
Against Putnam, the Buckaroos (5-5) cranked out 12 hits from eight different players. Ryan Russell led the team going 3-for-3 with two home runs, one double and six RBI total. Russell’s first long ball was a grand slam in the third inning for a 7-3 Buckaroo lead and he later hit a two-run shot to left in the sixth inning to go up 14-8.
Avery Deutz had two doubles in the game as well, while Gabe Umbarger tripled and had two hits overall with two runs scored.
Then against Roseburg (5-1) the Buckaroos trailed 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth before getting its rally going. Tucker Zander started the inning with a walk and then later scored on a wild pitch. Then Nick Bower smacked a double that brought in Daniel Naughton and Ryan Stahl for the go-ahead run for a 9-8 Buckaroo lead.
In the seventh with Zander on the mound, Roseburg loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. However Zander induced an infield fly out and a fly out to right field to save the game.
Bower finished the game a team-best 3-for-4 with his double. The only other extra-base hit was a three-run home run to center by Naughton in the first inning. Naughton also started the game on the mound and struck out seven while allowing seven runs (only two earned) in 4 2/3 innings.
Game 1 R H E
RPH 300 203 0 — 8 9 1
PHS 106 124 X — 14 12 1
(RP) J. Junta, C. Grace (4), T. Drog (6). (P) R. Russell, C. Roberts (5), T. Sweek (6). W — Russell, L — Drog.
2B — C. Grace, O. MacKenzie (RP); A. Deutz 2, R. Russell (PHS). 3B — G. Umbarger (PHS). HR — O. MacKenzie (RP); R. Russell 2 (PHS).
Game 2 R H E
RHS 401 021 0 — 8 10 2
PHS 321 003 X — 9 7 3
(R) D. Gillespie, J. Black (4). (P) D. Naughton, T. Sweek (5), T. Zander (6) and J. Duso. W — Zander, L — Black.
2B — G. Russell, C. Johnson, J. Stone (RHS); N. Bower (PHS). HR — D. Naughton (PHS).
PILOT ROCK 13, JOSEPH 5 — At Pilot Rock, the visiting Joseph Eagles held a 5-2 advantage over the Pilot Rock Rockets in the fifth inning, but their lead did not last long. In the bottom of the fifth, the Rockets came alive and recorded 10 runs to take a lead they would never relinquish and turn it into a 13-5 victory.
The scoring started after two walks and a single loaded the bases allowing Tanner Corwin to advance all runners when he was hit by a pitch. Another walk and three singles kept the bases loaded adding to the Rockets advantage.
The inning was highlighted by a three-run RBI triple off the bat of Logan Weinke, and two more walks and another hit by pitch capped off the scoring for now.
Pilot Rock (5-1) held Joseph scoreless for the remainder of the game. Pierce was given the win after giving up only one run and one hit and striking out seven batters in three innings of work, and Logan Weinke threw four strong innings with four strikeouts.
R H E
JHS 101 210 0 — 5 4 1
PR 100 1(10)1 X — 13 8 5
(J) Bathke, Nobles (3), Nave (5), Aschenbrenner (5). (P) L. Weinke, B. Pierce (5).
2B — B. Pierce (PR) 3B — L. Weinke (P).
KENNEDY 10, STANFIELD 8 — At Irrigon, Stanfield entered the second day of the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament after sweeping its previous competition behind powerful performances at the plate and sound pitching.
On Wednesday, the Tigers led in the matchup versus the Kennedy Trojans for nearly the entire first half of the game but ultimately fell 10-8. Stanfield was up 3-2 after answering Kennedy’s one-run first inning with two runs of its own off a grounder from Damien Curial and a sacrifice fly off the bat of TJ Smith.
Kennedy quickly answered, scoring on an error to knot the game but Stanfield came out again in the bottom of the third to one-up Kennedy. However, in the fourth, the Trojans (6-0) added to its run total and scored eight runs over the next four innings, half of which were in the seventh.
Stanfield stayed in the game by scoring in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning but it wasn’t enough to top Kennedy.
Justin Keeney was given the loss for the Tigers (5-4) after toeing the rubber for two innings, allowing six runs, six hits and striking out two. Adrian Renner had another strong day at the plate with three hits and three runs scored.
R H E
KHS 110 202 4 — 10 14 2
SHS 201 013 1 — 8 7 3
(K) Mareno, Klemschmil. (S) B. Woods, J. Keeney.
2B: Delarosa, Mareno (K); A. Renner, J. Keeney, M. Blankenship (S).
IRRIGON 15, WESTON-MCEWEN 5 — In Boardman, Irrigon continued play in the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament and handed Weston-McEwen a whopping 15-5 loss.
After a slow start that allowed the TigerScots to get up 2-0, the Knights (3-3) answered with at least one run in over the next five innings.
Leading the way was Nate Gumbert, who went 2-for-3 at the plate and recorded four RBIs. Three other Knights each had three RBIs on the day — Keith Fleming, Brady Harrington and Mathew.
Brett Speed, Parker Munck and Garrett Shell had the TigerScots’ (2-6) three hits on the day.
R H E
W-M 221 000 — 5 3 4
IHS 025 611 — 15 10 3
(W) W. Philipps, N. Malchow (4). (I) J. Phillips, M. (3), A. Roa (3).
2B: K. Fleming 2, A. Roa, B. Harrington (I).
RIVERSIDE PIRATES — In Day 2 of the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament, one of the host schools swept its competition. Riverside first played Scio, which the Pirates handed a 7-4 loss, and next it followed with a matchup against Willamia, where the Pirates escaped with a 2-1 victory.
In Game 1, Riverside got on the board early with three runs in the second and third inning. Scio didn’t get on the board until the final two innings to take the lead away from the Pirates but Riverside came through with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good.
The Pirates (3-3) used that momentum in Game 2, where the runs from both teams were all scored in the first inning. Freshman Andrew Zeller pitched a no hitter en route to the victory.
Riverside next travel to Mac-Hi on April 3.
WILLAMIA 13, HEPPNER/IONE 10 — At Irrigon, the Heppner Mustangs finished up the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament with a close 13-10 loss to Willamina on Wednesday.
The Mustangs (2-5) next host Vernonia for a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m.
ECHO/STANFIELD 11, WILLAMINA 0 — At Boardman, Echo’s Kendra Hart pitched a shutout in her first career varsity appearance in the circle to lead the Cougars to victory in Day 2 of the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament.
As the designated visiting team, Echo put its bats to work early and built up a 3-0 lead after the first inning. The Cougars (2-1) then added two runs in the third and fourth innings, and put the run-rule into effect after tallying four more runs in the fifth.
All the while, Hart was having a day in the circle. She struck out 12, allowed only one hit and walked two in her first win.
Behind the plate for Echo was Alex Putnam, who also had an RBI triple in the fourth to push the Cougar’s lead to 6-0. Putnam was brought home by Annie Barnes for the only other run of the inning.
Barnes finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
R H E
EHS 302 24X — 11 9 1
WHS 000 000 — 0 1 2
(E) K. Hart — A. Putman. (W) J. Grady — M. Mooney.
3B: A. Putnam (E). 2B: M. Montoya, A. Ray (E).
IRRIGON KNIGHTS — After winning its first game in the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament on Tuesday, the Irrigon Knights returned to action for a doubleheader against Grant Union and Knappa on Wednesday.
In Game 1, the Knights were defeated by Prospectors, 8-6 and again in Game 2, lost by a narrow margin to the Loggers but this time by only one run. The 8-7 loss to end the day moved Irrigon to 4-6 on the season.