ONTARIO - Ontario took control late in both games here Saturday in Greater Oregon League baseball action.
The Tigers won the opener, 12-3, and took the nightcap, 9-7.
Mac-Hi tied the first game at 2-2 with a run in the third, but the Tigers had answers. Ontario scored two in the bottom of the third and took control with four in the fourth on the way to a 12-3 opening game win.
A three-run Tiger sixth overcame a 7-6 Pioneer lead in the nightcap, as the Tigers pulled out a 9-7 win to sweep the double bill.
Mac-Hi collected five hits from five individuals in the opener and couldn't put a rally together off the offerings of southpaw Riley Horn.
"We played well, but not good enough to win," Mac-Hi coach Craig Angell said. "Randy (Romero) and Pat (Sheets) pitched well. We couldn't get the hits behind them to keep us in it. It was tough to get on top of their lefty (Horn)."
Josh Mejia hit a home run for the Tigers to lead their 11-hit game one attack. Romero, Lupito Salazar, Ryley Croghan, Nick Watts, and Kevin Cuellar had the Pioneer hits.
Watts blasted a home run to highlight the Pioneer game-two effort. Mac-Hi scored two in the fourth to grab a 7-6 lead in the nightcap.
The Tigers proved why they are in first in the GOL with a three-run sixth to pull out a 9-7 win and improve to 8-2 in the league.
"We got hits (in the second game), but couldn't get runners on in front of them," Angell said. "They (Ontario) are a pretty good package to play against."
Salazar and Sheets each had three hits and Watts added two, as the Pioneers out hit the Tigers 10-9 in the second-game loss.
The Pioneers, 1-9 in the GOL, close out the regular season Saturday at La Grande.
Mac-Hi 101 010 0 - 3 5 1
Ontario 202 404 x - 12 10 2
Romero, Sheets (6) and Croghan; Horn and Machuca.
HR - Ontario: Mejia.
Hits - Mac-Hi: Salazar, Croghan, Watts, Cuellar, Romero; Ontario: Lopez, Fields, Mejia 3, Mavarette, Horn 2, Martinez 2.
Mac-Hi 014 200 0 - 7 10 0
Ontario 330 003 x - 9 9 0
Knight, Salazar (6) and Croghan; Lopez, Baker (4), Martinez (6) and Machuca.
HR - Mac-Hi: Watts.
Hits - Mac-Hi: Good, Knight, Watts 2, Salazar 3, Sheets 3; Ontario: Lopez 2, Fields, Mejia 2, Trejo, Horn, Baker, Navarette.