Outstanding pitching performances highlighted last Saturday's Greater Columbia B League double-header between visiting Lyle and Glenwood-Trout Lake.
Senior Chad Myers' two-hit shutout in game two helped the Cougars salvage a split. The right-hander walked just one and struck out five in a complete-game performance that ran his record to 6-0.
The Cougars' 7-0 victory in game two followed a 10-6 defeat in game one in which Glenwood-Trout Lake's Ben Anderson and David Wasgatt combined for a no-hitter and nine strikeouts.
In the opener, G-TL broke a 5-5 tie with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Kavanagh sparked G-TL's nine-hit effort, going 3 for 3 with four runs batted in. Derek Kavanagh was 2 for 4 with three runs and three stolen bases.
G-TL also got two-run singles from Jacob Hinderliter and Roy Browning, and a run-scoring double from Wasgatt, who had two hits.
Exchange student Saul Hernandez got tagged with the loss, despite striking out 10 and giving up just two earned runs and three walks. His defense let him down, committing six errors.
In the nightcap, Lyle's defense had one misplay behind Myers, who was in control all the way.
He yielded a pair of hits to Derek Kavanagh, including a triple.
The Cougars managed just three hits, but capitalized on three GT-L errors, to score the runs they needed.
Devan Essex had one of those hits and scored two of his team's seven runs. He also stole three bases.
At Klickitat 16-12, La Salle 6-8 --
Adam Bauer went 6 for 8, including three extra-base hits, to help lead the Vandals sweep the Lightning last Saturday.
Bauer was 3 for 4 in game one with four runs batted in and three runs scored. He tripled in the first to drive in one run and hit a three-run triple with two out to ignite Klickitat's eight-run fourth inning.
Larry Heath also provided two run-producing hits: a two-run double in the first and an RBI single in the fifth. Jeremy Dean finished with three hits, including a three-run double in the fourth.
Jason Dean, who picked up the win, added two hits, two RBIs and scored three times.
Jeremy Dean earned the victory in game two. He got plenty of offensive support from Bauer, Tyler Schultz and Travis Cleveland. Each had three hits in four at-bats.
Lyle 8, at Klickitat 1 --
Chad Myers threw a four-hitter as the Cougars defeated the Vandals in GCB action April 9.
Myers struck out 12, walked one and hit a batter in seven innings of work and improved to 5-0 on the season.
The Cougars (4-0 in GCB, 6-1 overall) got run-scoring hits from Chris Locke, Tyler Essex, Randy McMurrin and Robbie Smith as part of their 10-hit assault against Vandals senior right-hander Michael Payne (nine strikeouts, four walks, five earned runs).
Ryan Johnson led the way, going 3 for 5 with a triple. Locke and McMurrin each had two hits.
Tyler Schultz was 1 for 2 and had Klickitat's only extra-base hit: a double. Jason Dean brought in Klickitat's lone run with a sacrifice.
Lyle scored all eight of its runs in the final four innings.
In the fourth, Smith and Locke each hit run-scoring doubles to stake Myers to a 2-0 lead.
McMurrin started the Cougars' three-run fifth with a triple. He scored ahead of Saul Hernandez, who came home on a single by Tyler Essex to make it 5-0.
Lyle increased its lead to 7-0 in the sixth, thanks in part to McMurrin's RBI double that scored Johnson, who had reached base on a single. In the seventh, Devan Essex singled and scored on a basehit by Locke.
Klickitat got its run in the bottom of the sixth. Payne was hit by a pitch, stole second and third, and scored on Dean's sacrifice.
At Sunnyside Christian 4, Glenwood-Trout Lake 3 --
The Knights scored a run in the fourth inning to break up a 3-3 ball game April.
G-TL's Derek Kavanagh suffered the loss, though he scattered seven hits over six innings.
His battery mate, Marcus Van Laar, had two of G-TL's nine hits and scored two of its runs.
SC's Lance Den Boer got the win, striking out 13 while yielding just one earned run in a complete-game effort.
He also led the Knights at the plate, collecting a double and triple and scoring two runs in three at-bats.
Sherman County, Ore., 10, at Klickitat 9 --
Tyler Schultz belted a three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the seventh but the Vandals fell to the Huskies in non-league baseball action April 10.
Klickitat trailed 10-6 entering its last at-bat but got a rally going with back-to-back singles by Jeremy Dean and Michael Payne with none out.
After the next two batters flied out to the pitcher and to shallow right field, Schultz smashed his three-run shot -- the last of Klickitat's 11 hits -- to bring the Vandals within 10-9.
Sherman County plated three runs in the fourth inning to erase a two-run deficit, then added five in the fifth to extend its lead to 10-4.
Klickitat took a 4-2 lead in the third inning on Payne's single (which scored Travis Cleveland) and a two-run homer by Jason Dean.
Dean (3 for 4, 4 RBIs) also knocked in the Vandals' first run with an RBI single in the first inning, and drove in another with a basehit in the fifth.
Payne paced Klickitat with four hits, four runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.