MILTON-FREEWATER - Patrick Sheets' bases-loaded triple ignited a six-run second inning and jump-started the Milton-Freewater Blazers to a doubleheader sweep of Goldendale here Wednesday night in Senior Babe Ruth baseball play at McRae-Ireland Field.
The Blazers were trailing 7-1 going to the bottom of the second in the opener. But they bunched five of their 11 hits in the inning and Goldendale contributed an error, allowing M-F to knot the score at 7-7.
Jacob Partney then relieved starting M-F pitcher Lupito Salazar in the third and allowed just one run over the next three frames. Partney left with a 10-8 lead in favor of Jake Knight, who yielded one run in two innings and the Blazers came away with a 12-9 victory.
Similarly, M-F found itself in a 3-0 hole after one inning in the second game. But the Blazers discovered their offense in the later innings and defeated the visitors 8-5 to improve to 14-19 on the season.
The same two teams square off this afternoon in a 3 p.m. twin bill in Goldendale. The Blazers return home Friday for a single nine-inning affair against The Dalles beginning at 4 p.m., then spend the weekend at the Baker City Wood Bat Classic.
Sheets had a first-inning single in addition to his three-run triple in Wednesday's opener, then contributed two more hits in the nightcap, each of them driving in a run.
Kevin Cuellar had two singles and one run batted in the first game, Alex Ortiz socked a run-scoring double and Gabe Quempts chipped in with an RBI single. Quaempts had two more hits in the nightcap, one of them producing a run, and Brandon James had two singles and two RBIs.
Randy Romero went the distance on the mound for M-F in the second game. He allowed just two runs over the final six innings, scattered six hits, struck out six Goldendale batters and walked just one. He needed just 80 pitches to toss the complete game.
Goldendale 341 000 1 - 9 7 2
Milton-Freewater 161 202 x - 12 11 3
Lindhe and Denney; Salazar, Partney (3), Knight (6) and McCoy.
Hits - Goldendale: Moss, Gaston 2, Lesko, Trunkey, Lindhe, Bare; M-F: Sheets 2, Cuellar 2, Quaempts, James, Garcia, Ortiz, Stringham, McCoy, Salazar.
Goldendale 300 002 0 - 5 6 2
Milton-Freewater 020 321 x - 8 11 1
Trunkey and Gaston; Romero and Salazar.
Hits - Goldendale: Herin 2, Moss, Denney 2, Cronin; M-F: Salazar, Sheets 2, Stringham, Knight, Romero, Quaempts 2, James 2, Carson.