Blazers, Baker City split baseball twin bill

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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."

First Game

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.

Second Game

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.

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