JOHN DAY – Baseball fans braved the wind and rain to watch the Iron Triangle Pirates dominate their wood bat tournament last weekend.

High school teams from Madras, La Pine and Redmond competed in the tourney, held at the Seventh Street Complex on June 22-24.

When asked about the team’s success, Coach Kevin Feist said, “All of our pitchers threw well, we played solid defense and came up with key hits when we needed to.”

The Pirates, consisting of members from Burns and John Day, won all of their games. The team started on Friday with a 2-0 win against Madras, pitched by Jordan Ackerman. Ackerman, Dominic DeHaven, Lane Williams had one hit each, and Trey Thompson had two hits. DeHaven and Williams both scored runs.

Saturday morning, the Pirates defeated La Pine 4-0.

Williams pitched a no-hitter in the game. Recording hits were Williams, Logan Bailey, with one each, and two for Thompson. Ackerman, Brennan Bailey, Thompson and Zach Bailey scored runs.

The Pirates claimed a 6-1 win against Redmond, pitched by Thompson and Brennan Bailey on Saturday afternoon. Ackerman had two hits and two runs. Brennan Bailey, Thompson, Kolten Boethin and Soren Larson each had one hit, and runs were scored by Brennan Bailey, Garret Gardner, Thompson and Larson.

The team closed the weekend with a 5-1 win over Madras, pitched by Thompson. One run was scored by Brennan Bailey, and Thompson and Larson each scored twice. Williams was also credited with a hit.

Coaches Feist and Brian Delaney were pleased “to win the tournament as the host team.” They also said they appreciated Russ Young and Iron Triangle for their support of the team.

“It has been a lot of fun to coach these kids from John Day and Burns and watch them develop friendships and respect for each other, regardless of which high school they attend,” said Feist. “They have done a great job of developing into a ‘Team of Pirates,’ playing great baseball and having fun together.

“We are really proud of them!”

The Pirates will travel to La Pine this Saturday, June 30, and to Redmond on Sunday, July 1. A wood bat tournament is set for July 6-8 in Baker City. The Pirates will finish the season at home in John Day against Redmond on July 14.


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