JOHN DAY - Despite snowy and wet playing conditions, the Grant Union High School baseball team made up for the foul weather by heating up Malone Field with hot bats.
The Prospectors pounded out a total of 31 hits and scored 40 runs en route to a Wapiti League doubleheader sweep of visiting Pine Eagle on Saturday, April 5, in front of the home-town crowd which were more appropriately dressed for a snowmobile rally than a baseball game.
On the friendly confines of Malone Field, Grant Union shellacked Pine Eagle 26-2 and 14-0 in a pair of games called after five innings on the 10-run rule.
The games had originally been scheduled to be played in Halfway, but were moved to John Day because of snow on the Spartans' home field.
The victories boosted the Prospectors' season record to 9-1 and 2-0 in league games.
Grant Union 26, Pine Eagle 2
Grant Union collected a total of 20 hits in the opening game and batted through the order twice in the bottom half of first inning to get the doubleheader off to a roaring start.
The Prospectors put a total of 13 runs on the board, leaving the Spartans dazed and confused after just one inning of play.
Winning pitcher Matt Curtis (3-0) threw a sparkling game for Grant Union, allowing just one Pine Eagle hit.
That hit turned out to be a two-run home run in the third inning by losing pitcher Nick Melchoir, which prevented the Spartans from being shut out.
The Prospectors put two additional runs on the board in the second inning, before adding five in the third and six more in the fourth to close out the scoring.
Trevor Simmons broke out of an early-season slump with a 3 for 3 effort at the plate. The senior third baseman also scored five times for the Prospectors. Teammate Billy Colson was also 3 for 3 with four runs scored, and Kyle Myers had a 3 for 4 game at the plate.
Grant Union 14, Pine Eagle 0
The nightcap of the doubleheader was also never in doubt.
After scoring a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first inning, the Prospectors put together six hits good for 10 more runs in the second inning to give winning pitcher Brandon Hueckman (2-0) a comfortable 12-0 lead.
Hueckman was also one tough customer on the mound, allowing Pine Eagle just a single hit in the game.
The Prospectors put together a solid defensive effort in both games of the twin bill, committing just one error.
Grant Union hosted Baker in a non-league game on Tuesday, the results of which were not available at press time, and return to Wapiti League action on Saturday, April 12, hosting Nyssa for a noon doubleheader.