LA?GRANDE — The Pendleton baseball team won its final tune-up Tuesday before Columbia River Conference season this weekend when the Bucks beat La Grande 3-2 on the road.

Pendleton (8-5) got six strong innings from Tyler Stewart on the mound in the victory, his only two allowed runs both coming unearned in the sixth inning when Pendleton was already ahead 3-0.

“Tyler was really affective, he threw a really good game,” Pendleton coach Greg Whitten said. “He’s been tough the last couple outings for us.”

A pair of errors led to those runs in the sixth for La Grande (6-5), but Stewart was tiring at that point. The Bucks went with Ian Rivera for the seventh inning to close it out for the save.

Rivera also knocked in the first run of the game in the first for the Bucks. After Connor Johnson got on base out of the leadoff spot, one of three hits for the shortstop, Rivera doubled him home for an RBI.

The Bucks would add two more in the third inning for insurance.

Pendleton had initially planned to play one out of a game suspended from Thursday between the two schools when nasty weather blew through Pendleton. The game was postponed with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, but league officials later ruled that the game could be called as complete, a 6-4 Bucks’ victory.

Hood River Valley is up next for Pendleton on Saturday at home in the league opener. A doubleheader begins at noon at Bob White Field.

No CRC team has a losing record at this point and Whitten said all three teams other than Pendleton have improved. With Pendleton’s high graduation tolls from last year and a season-threatening injury to slugging first baseman Tommy Lane, the conference is more wide open than when Pendleton won it in 2012.

“We’re going to have to play better than we have if we want to win another league title,” Whitten said.

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