MILTON-FREEWATER - Milton-Freewater split a summer baseball doubleheader with visiting Baker City here Friday afternoon at McRae-Ireland Field.
Baker City broke open a competitive first game with 12 runs in innings four, five and six, and won by a 16-6 count in a game shortened by the mercy rule.
Randy Romero tossed a five-hitter in the nightcap and the Blazers pushed a run across in the seventh inning of a 2-1 triumph.
"Randy pitched a great game," M-F coach Michael Garcia said. "His pitch count was down. He was very consistent."
Romero ended up with six strikeouts.
"We had a few fly balls - which is what you want to get easy outs," Garcia said. "Randy did a great job of placing the ball."
With two out in the final frame of game two, Lupito Salazar singled, then stole second and third.
"It was a good win for the team and a good win for Randy Romero," Garcia said. "It was an exciting win for the team."
Baker City 130 354 - 16 13 2
M-F 012 030 - 6 4 8
Barr and Richards; Cuellar, Leinbach (5) and Salazar.
HR - none.
Hits - Baker City: Freese 4, Everson 2, Barr 2, Blankenship 2, Avesett 2, Durflinger; Milton-Freewater: Salazar, Garcia, James, Stringham.
Baker City 000 100 0 - 1 5 3
M-F 010 000 1 - 2 7 1
Lay, Everson (5) and Richards; Romero and Salazar.
HR - none.
Hits - Baker City: Freese 2, Everson, Barr, Avesett; Milton-Freewater: Salazar 2, Romero 2, Garcia, Cuellar, Leinbach.