The long ball on Tuesday and base on balls on Thursday led to two more losses for the Horizon Christian School baseball team.
Dufur hit three home runs in a 13-8 league win vs. the Hawks Tuesday, while the Hood River Valley freshmen took advantage of 15 walks two days later to beat Horizon, 12-2, in five innings.
The Hawks were scheduled to travel to Athena today to play defending league champion Weston-McEwen in a doubleheader.
Horizon led early against Dufur, as starter Jake Wells kept the Rangers in check through four innings. Wells reached his early season pitch count early in the fifth inning, as the Hawks held a 4-2 lead. Two Horizon relievers couldn’t hold the advantage, as Dufur sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the fifth and added six more runs in the bottom of the sixth — after Horizon had retaken the lead.
In the top of the sixth, Grant Lynn drove in two runs on a line drive that careened off pitcher Cole Parke’s glove on the mound. Ian Rasmussen added an RBI infield single and RJ Hicks capped the frame with an RBI infield single to plate Micah Engel and give Horizon an 8-7 advantage.
Through the seven innings, there were four ties and five lead changes, but Dufur had the final flurry.
Engel was 2 for 3 and scored twice, as did Lynn and Jared Davis.
On Thursday at Hood River Valley, Engel was again 2 for 3 and Kirby Carter added an RBI double. HRV took advantage of six walks in the opening inning to take a 6-0 lead.