TIGERS CLAW ACK FOR SPLIT

Stanfield catcher Derek Smith, left, puts the tag on Pilot Rock's Mitch Byrnes in the third inning of the Rockets' 9-3 win Friday afternoon. The Tigers rallied to win the nightcap 11-1 in five innings.

By the Hermiston Herald

STANFIELD — One game there is six errors and 11 runners left on base.

The next, the there is a handful of clutch hits with one error.

"That's baseball," Stanfield coach Greg Kaatz said.

The quickly forgiving game treated the Stanfield High School baseball team well in a doubleheader Saturday.

After looking out of sorts and committing six errors, three on pick off plays to second base in a 9-3 loss, the Tigers stormed back in the second game to post a five-inning victory.

Stanfield (12-4, 1-1 CBC) could not string anything together as Pilot Rock took its liberties on the base paths to take the first game.

However, Stanfield rebounded quickly and after a 1-2-3 first inning by Nick McFarlane the tide turned.

Stanfield then scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and slowly turned things into a route.

Leading 5-1, the Tigers posted six runs in the fifth inning on four singles and three walks to end the game.

McFarlane went the distance to pick up the win. He faced just 20 batters and allowed two hits and struck out three and walked two.

In the first game, Pilot Rock (9-1, 2-1) got to starter Sam Taylor for three runs in the first inning and used its speed to create untimely and unforced Tiger errors.

Stanfield came back with a run in its half of the first inning when Tyler Gabriel came around to score on a error on a Derek Smith drive to left field.

The Rockets picked up an unearned run in the second inning and had a chance to add to their lead in the third.

Pilot Rock had three singles in a row, but could not score thanks to some pinpoint defense.

Smith threw out a runner stealing and later Sobotta gunned down a runner at the plate to end the inning.

"We made some good defensive plays in that game," Kaatz said.

But there was not enough of them.

Pilot Rock broke things open in the fifth inning with three runs after two outs, all started by a fly ball that got lost in the sun in left field.

With one out, a routine fly ball to Gabriel in left field dropped over his head. Pilot Rock went on for four more hits in the inning, and benefitted from two errors to take a commanding 8-1.

Stanfield had the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but could not score.

Stephen Lemmon hit an RBI double in the sixth inning to score two runs and make the score 8-3.

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