JOHN DAY – The Grant Union Prospectors lost a 7-8 heartbreaker yesterday to the Dufur Rangers in their first-round OSAA State Baseball Championship game.
Grant Union, which went 12-0 in league, had homefield advantage.
The Rangers got on the board early with one run in the top of the first, then Grant Union pitcher Dalton Reimers held Dufur scoreless for the next three innings.
Grant Union’s Rayce Houser hit a three-run homer over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the third, scoring Braden Witty and Kody Nelson.
Prospector Leonard Radinovich hit a solo home run in the fourth bringing the score to 4-1.
Dufur scored one run in the fifth and Grant Union answered back with two runs.
The Prospectors lost their grip on the lead when Ranger Cole Parke knocked out a 3-run homer and Dufur scored again in the sixth, tying the score 6-6.
A Grant Union pitching change was made, bringing Lane Williams to the mound.
Prospectors loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth and a walk of Houser scored Radinovich.
Trouble came in the top of the seventh.
Dufur’s Nick Little singled, and after two outs, Parke was sent to first, Grant Union giving him an intentional walk.
Dufur’s Bryson Caldwell hit the ball and a Grant Union wild throw intended for first hit the fence and Little and Parke scored – Caldwell was stopped at third.
Grant Union couldn’t muster a comeback in the bottom of the inning and lost the game.
Dufur advances to the quarterfinals to play Monroe on Friday.