BAKER CITY – The Prospectors went to Baker this Tuesday, hopefully to show Nyssa who’s boss.

In the tie-breaker game at 5 p.m. May 17 at Baker High School, the Grant Union High School baseball team hoped to gain a spot in the state playoffs. 

A win would give them the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Oregon League.

“Hopefully, we continue to play the game well,” said head coach Brian Delaney.

Results of the game were unavailable at the Eagle’s presstime.

To get ready for the tie-breaker, the Pros had lots of action last week.

They lost in a challenging nonleague game to the No. 1 4A Baker Bulldogs on May 10. Score was Grant Union 7, Baker 18.

Then on May 13, the team played good ball against the Umatilla Vikings, winning a first game 14-2 in five innings, and in a second one, were victorious 8-3.

In the game with Baker, the Prospectors threw some good pitches at their opponents – things Baker hadn’t yet seen, said Delaney. On the mound was Walker Erickson first, then Austin Brown.

Both threw well, although Baker did better, said Delaney.

The Bulldogs scored their 18 runs in the first two innings. 

“They would’ve done that with anybody. I give our guys a lot of credit. We hit the ball really well, too, but not like they did,” he said.

The Prospectors had 13 hits in the five-inning game.

“I wasn’t disappointed at all in the way our guys played. We knew we would have to keep up with the best,” said Delaney. “They’re No. 1 team in 4A. Any time you go up against a team like that and rattle off 13 hits, that’s pretty good.”

The Prospectors turned around and did something similar to Umatilla.

“Our guys were loose, but confident. They realized they had to win,” said Delaney. On the mound, Kyler Deiter threw the entire first game, allowing just two hits and one earned run.

Of nine hits, Deiter, Kyle Weymouth and Riley Averett hit home runs.

“Everyone hit the ball really well,” said Delaney.

In the second game, Weymouth was out to get the win, allowing five hits and three earned runs. “It was good to see him out there throwing hard, getting his confidence back,” the coach said.

In the game, the Prospectors had eight hits, and just one error.

“We played some good ball. It was loose. The boys had fun. We played baseball like we should be playing,” said Delaney.

“Nyssa is going to be a tough challenge. It makes me feel good to have that going into the playoff games. I hope our boys play games like the ones we just had, and hope the momentum continues,” he said.

“The Bulldogs aren’t a team to overlook. They’re a good ball club. When we played them (a 4-14 loss and a 3-2 win), they battled tough.”

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