JOHN DAY – The 2A Grant Union Prospector baseball team faced challenging competition at last weekend’s Les Schwab Icebreaker Tournament, finishing with one win and two losses.

The Pros’ first game with 4A Estacada on Friday set the right tone for the tournament, but 6A South Eugene and 1A Dufur/Wasco proved to be tougher battles for the host team on Saturday.

Other teams participating in the tournament at Seventh Street Complex included Prairie City, the Grant Union junior varsity, Scio and Union.

Grant Union 3, Estacada 2

The Estacada Rangers opened scoring in the second inning with two runs, and the Prospectors answered with two runs in the third.

The next several innings became a pitcher’s duel, with neither team able to produce a run.

Leonard Radinovich threw for six innings and held Estacada to 2. Hayden Young took over in the seventh and kept the Rangers at bay.

At the bottom of the inning, Prospector Rayce Houser hit one out of the park for a walk-off home run. That gave the Pros the win, 3-2.

Grant Union had nine hits and two errors.

“It was a well-played game by both teams,” said Prospector head coach Brian Delaney.

The game was highly anticipated, as Estacada’s head coach Ryan Carpenter once coached Grant Union with Delaney as his assistant coach.

Delaney lauded his team.

“Rayce was our most consistent hitter, and Lane had a couple big hits for us too,” he said, adding that sophomores Young and Radinovich pitched well.

“Everybody played a big part in that game,” he said.

Grant Union 2, South Eugene 5

Lane Williams pitched a full game against South Eugene, and the teams were scoreless until the third. That’s when the Axemen warmed up their bats with three runs, following up with another score in the fourth.

South Eugene got away with one more run in the top of the sixth on an error, but later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Prospector Braden Witty caught the ball for the third out.

At the bottom of the sixth, Williams hit a solo home run to get the Prospectors on the board.

Back on the mound for the final inning, Williams wasted no time – he struck out two Axemen, and another runner was out at second base.

In the bottom of the seventh, Pros had two outs and then loaded the bases. Houser was able to run in on Young’s hit, but Young was out at first and the game ended 2-5.

Williams had eight strikeouts, two hits and one RBI. Grant Union had five errors and South Eugene had two.

Grant Union 8, Dufur 12

The Prospector’s final game against Dufur, which fields a combination team with South Wasco, was a story of “too little, too late.”

Dufur upped the ante early on, scoring two runs in the first inning and a whopping 10 in the second.

Grant Union kept Dufur scoreless for the remaining innings and scored one run at the top of the second and another two in the fourth.

Their bats caught fire in the seventh, scoring five runs.

Houser started things off with a double, then Williams made a hit to deep right field. Those two added points, and Dalton Reimers, Radinovich and Tyler Manitsas also lit up the scoreboard with runs.

Dufur put the brakes on the scoring frenzy and ended the game at 8-12.

Each team had four errors. Houser and Reimers shared pitching duties, with Young taking the mound for the seventh.

“It was a good week of baseball,” Delaney said.

The Prospectors return to Seventh Street Complex for a doubleheader against Cove and Union at noon on Friday, and Weston/McEwen at noon on Saturday.

  

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