Prospectors tied for first in Wapiti

<I>The Eagle/Tim Adams</I><BR>Grant Union's Toby Thomas delivers a pitch to the plate in the opening game of Friday's doubleheader against Pine Eagle. Thomas went the distance to record his third victory of the season and the senior right-hander struck out 13 Spartan batters to increase his season total to 36.

Thomas ups strikeout total to 36 against Pine EagleJOHN DAY - Strong pitching performances by Toby Thomas and Kerry Ashmead combined with a total of 21 hits, carried Grant Union to a doubleheader sweep of Pine Eagle on Friday, April 8, and moved the Prospectors into a first-place tie with Vale in the Wapiti League south division.

Grant Union def. Pine Eagle 13-0

In the first game, the senior right-hander Thomas pitched five innings of shutout baseball giving up just three singles while striking out 13 Spartan batters to record his third win of the season as Grant Union rolled to a 13-0 victory in a game called on the 10-run rule.

Thomas entered the game with an impressive 0.52 earned run average and upped his season total of strikeouts to 36.

Bo Thunell had three doubles in the game and drove in three runs on a 3-for-4 effort at the plate.

Thomas was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and Eli McClure was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI.

Grant Union def. Pine Eagle 12-1

In the nightcap, Ashmead was equally strong on the mound picking up his fourth pitching victory. He fanned eight and walked only one in his five innings of work, surrendering just four hits.

Pine Eagle's lone run came on a leadoff home run by Chance Marks in the second inning.

Thunell, entering the doubleheader with a .778 batting average, was again 3-for-4 for the Prospectors and his three-run home run off the new scoreboard in left-centerfield with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning brought an end to the game.

Trey Mascall was 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs for Grant Union.

The victories sets up a showdown on Friday, April 15, with the Vale Vikings for first place in the league.

The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. mountain time in Vale.

- Tim Adams, the Eagle

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