STANFIELD — Both teams started fast in the Eastern Oregon League district championship, but only the Stanfield Tigers were able to keep it up over the long haul for an 8-4 win over Irrigon on Friday at Madigan Field.
Tigers starting pitcher Brody Woods settled in to give his team four solid inning on the mound. He didn’t allow a run after the first inning, and Ryan Bailey led a Stanfield offense the pushed its lead to 8-2 before the Knights could push two more across the plate in the top of the seventh.
Bailey was 3 for 3 with two RBI, and Tony Flores hit two doubles going 2 for 4 with two RBI and four runs scored.
Irrigon was coming straight from a walk-off win over Nyssa in the semifinals, and put its first runner on base when Lino Covarrubia (1 for 2) drew the first of his two walks in the game.
A hard line drive to Flores at shortstop got the first out, but Austin Rice (1 for 2, two walks) singled to put two on and Covarrubia scored from third on an error in the outfield.
Tanner Mills kept it going with a single to load the bases before Woods got his first strikeout for the second out.
He then walked in a run, though, after Keith Fleming fouled off two straight full count offerings, to make it 2-0.
A ground-out ended the threat, and the Tigers began cutting into the lead right away with one run in the bottom of the first.
Thyler Monkus (2 for 3) started out with a walk before two quick outs on fielder’s choice and a strikeout. Another walk put two on, and Woods made it a 2-1 game when his single to left brought Flores in from second.
Irrigon had runners on in both the second and third but could do nothing with them as Woods got strikeouts to end both innings.
Then Stanfield took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Monkus singled to lead off, then Flores reached on an error that allowed Monkus to come all the way from first to score the tying run.
Then Dylan Grogan singled on a grounder to third, and Bailey singled to drive in Flores and make it 3-2 before Irrigon could get the last two outs on a pickoff at home plate and a pop up to second.
A ground-out left the bases loaded for Irrigon in the top of the fourth, and Bailey came on to relieve Woods in the fifth and stranded a runner at second.
The Tigers then tacked on two more runs in their at-bat when Bailey hit a two-out double to score Flores, and then scored the eventual game-winner on a passed ball to make it 5-2.
Both teams will play state playoff games against opponents that were not determined at press time.
R H E
IHS 200 000 2 — 4 6 1
SHS 102 023 X — 8 10 3
W — B. Woods. L — A. Rice.
2B — R. Bailey, T. Flores 2 (SHS).