Hodgen Distributing suffered its first loss of the La Grande tournament on Friday afternoon as it fell 4-3 to the host La Grande on a walk-off single in eight innings.
Hodgen Distributing () was held scoreless until the top of the seventh inning, where it trailed 3-0 and down to the final three outs. Tanner Sweek and Cooper Roberts led off the frame with back-to-back singles and Kyle Field was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases with no outs. Sweek would score on a passed ball, and three pitches later Ryan Stahl came through with a two-run single to left field that tied the game at 3-3.
But in the bottom of the eighth, La Grande got something going against Hodgen’s pitcher, Field, as a leadoff single, a hit batter and a sacrifice bunt put the winning run on third base with only one out. Field couldn’t hold the La Grande offense any longer, as two batters later a La Grande batter singled to the right side of the field, scoring the winning run for a walk-off.
The game was a pitcher’s duel between Hodgen Distributing’s Matt Demianew and La Grande’s Gus Ramsdan. Demianew threw six innings and struck out seven while allowing only six hits, three runs and one walk. Ramsdan went seven innings and struck out six, giving up four hits and three runs.
Aside from Sweek, Roberts and Stahl, Ty Beers was the only other Hodgen hitter to record a hit in the game, which was a one-out single in the first inning.
Hodgen Distributing will wrap up the tournament on Saturday.
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HDG 000 000 30 — 3 4 3
LAG 000 012 01 — 4 8 1
(H) M. Demianew, K. Field (7). (L) Ramsdan, Rogers (8).
Baker squeezes by Hermiston with late score
LA GRANDE — For the second straight day, Hermiston’s Legion baseball team lost in a close manner, falling 6-5 to Baker on Friday.
Hermiston () scored once in the first on Alexis Rosales’s RBI double to left that scored Ethin Randolph for a 1-0 lead at the time. After Baker took a 3-1 lead in the second, Hermiston rallied to the lead in the third.
Rustin Edmiston got the scoring started with a RBI single to left that scored Kelson Robertson, and then Ethin Randolph hit a RBI triple to tie it and Rosales hit his second double of the game to score Randolph for a 4-3 Hermiston lead.
Baker jumped back into the lead in the fourth, but Hermiston got even in fifth when Edmiston scored on a fielder’s choice. A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth scored the winning run for Baker to make it a 6-5 game.
Rosales was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI to lead Hermiston, while Randolph was 2-for-3 and scored twice. Tyson Stocker also had two hits, and Edmiston was 1-for-1 with two runs.
Edmiston also pitched all six innings, striking out eight and allowing seven hits and six runs.
Hermiston plays La Grande on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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HRM 103 010 0 — 5 9 5
BAK 120 201 X — 6 7 1