Pros earn top ranking in 2A

Grant Union shortstop Billy Colson prepares to tag out Nyssa runner Jesse Garcia as teammate Geoff Brown backs the play up. Garcia was picked off first base and got caught in a first-inning rundown. The Eagle/DAVID CARKHUFF

JOHN DAY - The No. 1-ranked Class 2A Grant Union High School baseball team stretched its winning streak to 12 straight games, sweeping a rain-shortened Wapiti League doubleheader from Nyssa on Saturday, April 12.

In the first game, Grant Union scored in every inning except the second to defeat Nyssa 10-0 in a game called with no outs in the fifth inning on the 10-run rule.

The nightcap was called in the bottom of the sixth because of rain with the Prospectors picking up a 2-1 win.

The victories keep the Prospectors in first place in the Wapiti League at 4-0 and 12-1 overall.

Nyssa remained winless on the season at 0-2 in league games and 0-7 overall.

Grant Union 10, Nyssa 0

In the opening game, Prospector pitcher Matt Curtis tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out nine to notch up his fifth victory of the season.

The junior right-hander threw just 65 pitches and was never in trouble in the five-inning contest, and the Bulldogs were unable to advance a runner past second base.

Grant Union took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when catcher Bo Thunell connected on a 3-2 delivery from Nyssa pitcher Jonathan Whitmire, driving the ball over the left field fence with Curtis on base for a 2-0 Prospector lead.

The Prospectors added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out single up the middle by Billy Colson, which scored Thunell who had led the inning off with a walk, and a fielder's choice ground ball off the bat of Cody Frazier.

In the fourth inning, Grant Union blew the game wide open thanks to long-balls.

Trevor Simmons ripped a one-out double down the right field line to put runners on second and third, and Brandon Hueckman followed with a towering three-run blast to left field to make the score 7-0.

Kyle Myers then followed with another round-tripper to up the lead to 8-0.

Grant Union put the game away in the bottom of the fifth inning, loading the bases with no one out.

Toby Thomas crossed the plate when Nyssa relief pitcher Cody Waldo walked Simmons on four straight pitches to make the score 9-0, and the game-ending run came home when Hueckman was hit with a pitched ball.

Hueckman was 2 for 3 in the game with four RBI. Myers was 2 for 3 with a pair of runs scored, Thunell scored three runs and knocked in a pair, and Curtis was 2 for 2 with two runs scored.

Grant Union 2, Nyssa 1

Missed scoring opportunities nearly cost the Prospectors the nightcap of the doubleheader.

Grant Union drew a total of 12 walks off Nyssa pitcher Mitch Holliday, but a combination of base running mistakes and lack of timely hitting kept the game close.

Grant Union scored in the bottom of the first inning on a bases loaded walk to Myers, and added a second run in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out double by Thunell which plated Geoff Brown who had led the inning off with a single.

The Prospectors loaded the bases with no one out in the second inning but were unable to score, and had the sacks full with one out in the fifth but came up empty once again.

Nyssa scored its lone run in the top of the sixth on a one-out walk to Jesse Garcia and a two-base throwing error on an infield hit.

In the bottom of the sixth the skies opened up and after a 45-minute delay, the game was called.

Grant Union managed just two hits in the game and left 11 runners stranded.

The Prospectors return to action on Saturday, April 19, for a noon doubleheader at Imbler, and host Ontario for a non-league game on Tuesday, April 22, beginning at 2 p.m.

Grant Union 11, Baker 3

JOHN DAY - The Grant Union High School baseball team ran its winning streak to 10 straight games with an 11-3 victory over Baker in a non-league game on Tuesday, April 8.

The Prospectors collected a total of 10 hits in the game against the Class 3A Bulldogs, who fell to 4-2 on the season.

Sporting some hefty batting averages from the first through sixth-place hitters in the lineup, it was the bottom third of the Pros batting order which did the damage in Tuesday's contest.

The seventh, eighth and ninth-place hitters, Cody Frazier, Geoff Brown and Toby Thomas scored seven of the Prospectors' runs and collected five hits to give starting pitcher Matt Curtis his fourth victory of the season.

Curtis had a strong outing in the first four innings of the game keeping the Bulldog hitters off balance with a sharp-breaking curve ball, before Brandon Hueckman took over on the mound in the top of the fifth.

Curtis gave up just two hits and struck out three over four innings of work, and left the game with a 7-0 lead.

Grant Union tallied a pair of runs off losing Baker pitcher Bobby Bond in the second inning.

Billy Colson started things off by drawing a walk and Kyle Myers drilled a 1-2 pitch to the right-center field gap for a double scoring Colson with the first run of the game.

Frazier reached base on an error, and Myers was thrown out at the plate on Brown's grounder to first.

With Prospector runners on first and third, Thomas laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Frazier with the second run.

Against Baker relief pitcher Barry Spooner, Grant Union blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning sending nine batters to the plate and putting five runs on the board.

Brown led off with a line single to right field and Thomas followed with a bunt base hit to put runners on first and second.

Both runners moved up on a botched pickoff attempt, and Curtis followed with a walk to load the bases.

Brown scored when Baker third baseman Sam Vaughan threw late to the plate on Bo Thunell's grounder, and Thomas scored when Trevor Simmons walked to make the score 4-0.

Vaughan replaced Spooner on the mound and hit Hueckman and Billy Colson with pitches for Grant Union's fifth and sixth runs.

Simmons crossed the plate with the final run of the inning on Myers' double play ground ball to shortstop.

Grant Union added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Brown double, a bunt single by Thomas and back-to-back singles by Thunell and Simmons to up the lead to 9-0 before the Bulldogs were able to get on the board.

Dan Justus led off the sixth inning stroking a 1-2 Hueckman pitch over the scoreboard in left-center field for baker's first run.

A two-base throwing error, a hit batter, Thomas's third single of the game and an RBI single by Thunell accounted for the Prospectors' final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Baker tallied twice in the top of the seventh when Bond connected for a line drive home run which cleared the fence down the left field line to make the final score 11-3.

Thomas was 3 for 3 in the contest with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. Thunell knocked in three runs with a 2 for 5 effort at the plate and Simmons was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI. Brown went 2 for 3 and scored three runs.

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