ONTARIO - The Ontario Tigers showed why they're ranked No. 5 in the state Class 3A polls with a pair of wins over the visiting Riverside Pirates Saturday in Grater Oregon League baseball.

Ontario took the first game 16-2 in a five inning game called on the mercy rule and won the nightcap 7-3.

Ontario scored two runs in the opening inning of the first game and extended its lead to 9-0 in the second.

"We made too many errors," Riverside coach Clair Costello said. "And Ontario hit the ball really well. We need to hit the ball better, but their pitcher did a good job."

Derek Hancock had both Riverside hits. Ontario had 13 hits with five doubles.

Hancock was 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs in the second game and A.J. Phipps was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases for Riverside. Jared Salisbury and J.R. Seewer hit doubles for the Pirates. Shawn Dirksen took the loss.

"After the first inning, Shawn threw really well," Costello said. "He scattered six hits the rest of the game."

Ontario took advantage of Dirksen's slow start with four runs in the first inning. Ontario extended its lead to 6-0 in the second and added one run in the fourth.

Riverside scored one run in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth, but it wasn't enough for a comeback.

"We had chances to score, we just didn't get the hit when we needed it," Costello said. "But we played a lot better this game, we settled down."


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