ANTHEM, Ariz. — Starting pitcher Caleb Gardstrom allowed only two hits in five innings as the Bend High baseball team defeated Liberty (Colo.) 8-2 on Tuesday at the Coach Bob National Invitational.
Gardstrom struck out three batters and got plenty of run support as the Lava Bears cruised to a 5-0 lead by the fifth inning. Bend added three runs in the top of the seventh inning, and Liberty scored its two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Justin Erlandson led the Bears at the plate, going three for four with two RBIs and two runs scored.
On Monday, Boulder Creek (Ariz.) defeated Bend 11-7.
The Lava Bears continue play today at the Coach Bob National Invitational with a game against Green Mountain (Colo.) at 3:30 p.m.
In other Tuesday action:
Redmond 10, David Douglas 0: HILLSBORO — Redmond shut out an opponent for the second straight night in advancing to the championship game of the Glencoe tournament. Dan Thomas set the tone on the mound for the Panthers (4-4), allowing just four hits and striking out eight over five innings as Redmond won via the 10-run rule. Trevor Hindman led the way on offense for the Panthers, going three for four with a double and three runs batted in. Josh Peplin singled twice and knocked in two runs, while Cordell McKinney singled and doubled. Redmond plays Centennial tonight in the tournament final.
Cougars drop two to end tourney: PENDLETON — Mountain View wrapped up the Hermiston/Pendleton Spring Break Tournament with a pair of losses, 3-0 to Pendleton and 9-5 to McKay of Salem. In their first game of the day, the Cougars were limited to just two hits, one apiece by Kyler Ayers and Jaxson Landrus, as the Buckaroos used a three-run first inning to gain an early edge and seal the win. In the second, it was Mountain View getting the hot start with three runs in the bottom of the first, but McKay responded with two runs each in the second and third innings followed by one in the fourth, two in the fifth and two more in the seventh to put the game away. Landrus smacked two doubles for the Cougars to go along with a run batted in, and Brock Powell collected two hits and two RBIs. John Carroll recorded two hits with a double and an RBI, while Ayers finished with two hits and Ronnie Stacey picked up a double. Garrett Whitsett contributed for Mountain View (3-4) with an RBI.
Sisters 4, Santiam Christian 0: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Joey Morgan, Jardon Weems and Eli Boettner combined to pitch a one-hitter against the Eagles from Corvallis en route to a nonconference victory played at Salt River Fields. Weems also went three for three at the plate with two runs batted in for Sisters (7-2), Sam Calarco was two for two with an RBI, and Alex Olivier picked up an RBI single.
Miramonte (Calif.) 12, Bend 8: MIRAMONTE, Calif. — Brandon Fitzpatrick had four goals and two assists as the Lava Bears fell on the road.