The American Legion baseball season got underway Sunday in The Dalles, with the local team from Carson Oil splitting a doubleheader with the Columbia Gorge Junior Hustlers.
Carson Oil won game one by a score of 10-2 and lost game two, 10-4. With the split, Carson and new coach Jeff Lahti earned a much needed victory to start the summer season.
“I was more than pleased with the way the kids came out and played,” Lahti said. “We’ve only had a few practices to get ready for our first game, and the team has been working really hard.”
Jeremy Belcher was the pitching star in game one, going the distance and striking out seven, while giving up three hits and two earned runs.
Carson’s offense backed him up with 10 hits, led by Danny Newton’s 3-4, 4 RBI performance. Bryan Nishimoto also got into the act, going 2-4 with 2 RBI, and Kyle Maurer started the summer strong, also with two hits.
In addition, Carson’s defense made some fine plays, including a double play turned in by Milo Prideaux.
Next up is a Thursday home double-header against Madison of Portland. A hot dog eating contest will take place in between games. First game starts at 5 p.m.
Team awards were announced for the 2003 high-school baseball season. Team MVP: Ryan Pratt; Most Improved: Bryan Nishimoto; Most Inspirational: Cody Wickwire; Best Hitter: Jeremy Belcher (.286 average); Best Pitcher: Heath Goin (2.00 ERA); Coach’s Award: Jarrod Fogle.