It looked like smooth sailing for the Prospector baseball team Saturday until the Lakeview Honkers stirred things up in the sixth inning, but Grant Union held on to win 8-7.
Prospector starting pitcher Zack Deiter kept Lakeview at bay for a time, Grant Union leading 6-1 in the fourth inning.
Each team gained another point in the fifth, and early in the sixth Lakeview hit a one-run homer.
Grant Union’s Brogan McKrola took the mound, and in the inning, two Honkers scored on an error, and two more slipped past the Prospector defense to tie up the score 7-7.
In the bottom of the inning Grant Union staged a comeback.
The bases were loaded with McKrola on first, Billy Copenhaver on second and Roen Langum on third as Cauy Weaver stepped up to the plate.
Weaver was out at first, but not before Langum scored on a wild pitch to put Grant Union ahead by one.
McKrola closed the seventh with quick outs for the win.
“We had a big lead, and threw the ball around a little bit,” said Grant Union head coach Dusty Williams. “A few errors here and there, but they tied it up, and we stayed with it, and we came back and battled. They were able to get some ground balls there in the seventh inning and got the win. It was a great win for the boys — way to keep battling.”
Williams said he was pleased with the hitting and pitching.
“We need to work a little bit on our defense in the middle infield and outfield, but we’re coming around and looking really good,” he said. “I’m happy with where we’re at — getting better every game is the goal.”
Grant Union hosted the Burns Hilanders on March 14 for the Prospectors’ season opener.
The Prospectors held their ground through the fourth inning, but Burns made strides in the fifth, leading the Hilanders to a 12-8 win.
In the fifth, Burns turned up their offense with four runs before Hilander Bryce Goss hit a grand slam, giving the visitors an 11-6 lead.
Grant Union worked to close the gap in the bottom of the inning. Reimers doubled, advancing Deiter to third. Then Cameron Hallgarth brought his teammates home when he hit the ball near the center fence, to make it 11-8, Burns leading.
Grant Union held off Burns in the sixth, and third-baseman Copenhaver got the final out of the inning when the Hilanders attempted a steal.
Burns scored a final run in the seventh, a Goss one-run homer.
In the bottom of the inning, with two outs, Grant Union was about to load the bases, poised for a comeback, but Burns got the stop to end the game.
Grant Union will host the Les Schwab Invitational Spring Break Tournament on Thursday through Saturday, March 30-April 1 at the Seventh Street Complex.
The Prospectors are scheduled to face Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa at 2 p.m. Thursday with games against Oakland on Friday and Sheridan on Saturday at 2 p.m. both days.