It was Duke DeGaetano’s day, simple as that.
The Bend High senior pitcher went 62⁄3 innings on Monday and struck out six, limiting Redmond High to just one run as the Lava Bears put an end to the Class 5A Intermountain Conference leader’s nine-game winning streak in a 10-1 Bend baseball victory at Bend High.
“The game was Duke today,” Bend coach Bret Bailey said. “He had a great outing. He was focused, hit his spots and was really in control.”
The Lava Bears extended their own winning streak to five games with the win and exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second inning to snap a 1-1 tie before adding three more in the sixth to seal the IMC win.
Six players drove in at least one run for Bend (10-6 overall, 2-2 IMC), led by Jonah Koski, who was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Dalton Hurd went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, and Justin Erlandson finished the day with a 2-for-3 performance.
“We respect Redmond’s baseball (program),” Bailey said. “We always have. Any win against Redmond is a great win. It’s a situation where you have to realize that you played well and go off that.”
Matt Dahlen paced the Panthers (11-5, 3-1) with a 2-for-3 showing. Josh Peplin went 1-for-3 with a triple and scored Redmond’s lone run on a Cordell McKinney groundout.
The Panthers, however, could not get things going against DeGaetano, whom Horner said is enjoyable to watch in “everything he does.”
“We were just flat,” Redmond coach Marc Horner said. “We were on a (nine-game) winning streak. I think sometimes you do that, you think teams are just going to roll over for you. Bend is a well-coached team, and they were just more prepared than we were.”
The Panthers evened things up in the top of the second with McKinney’s RBI, but the Bears put together a six-run frame in the bottom of the second that blew the game open, allowing Bend to pull within one game of Redmond in the IMC standings.
“Baseball’s funny,” Bailey said. “Everything lines up and sometimes it works, and sometimes it lines up and it doesn’t work. ... We had a good inning.”