LA PINE — Bo DeForest chuckled while making a fairly simple observation.
“It’s been a long time since La Pine has been on this side of the rankings,” the La Pine baseball coach laughed. “It feels pretty good.”
Three years removed from a two-win season, the Hawks eked by Creswell for a 3-0 Mountain Valley Conference win on Tuesday to push their record to 3-0 in league play and 12-2 overall. With two more wins, Class 3A No. 2-ranked La Pine will match last season’s total.
“It definitely feels like things are coming together,” said DeForest, now in his fourth season. “We’re a pretty well-rounded team. We have a lot of pitchers … and our defense plays really well. We don’t make too many errors, and if we do, we don’t compound it by making too many errors in the same inning.”
That nearly flawless defense, which committed just one error Tuesday, was on display against Creswell. Eddie Price needed just 71 pitches to log a complete game, striking out four and allowing three hits.
Adam Plant had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for La Pine, and Cooper Page added two hits and an RBI.
Mountain View 3, Ridgeview 1: Chad Arnoldy pitched five innings and Steven Lippi went the last two to help the Cougars pick up an Intermountain Conference win. Lippi also doubled and drove in a run for Mountain View (3-1 IMC, 5-8 overall), and Arnoldy had a double. Charlie Borla went 2-for-3 with a double for the Cougs. Holden Penhollow had two hits to lead Ridgeview (0-7, 3-11), while Blaine Gibbs, J.T. Edmondson and Hudson Harbolt each had a double.
Culver 7-5, Heppner 5-1: CULVER — The Bulldogs (4-0 SD6, 7-2-1 overall) earned a Class 2A/1A Special District 6 doubleheader sweep.
Bend 8, Summit 3: Audrey Nelson went 3-for-4 at the plate and struck out 11 in the circle to lead the Lava Bears to an Intermountain Conference win. Ashleigh Parker was 4-for-5 for Bend (2-3 IMC, 9-6 overall), Lacey Bunting added two hits, and Allicitie Frost belted a two-run homer. Summit (1-6, 2-10) was led by Molly Wasserman’s two hits, and Hailey Nelson finished with a hit and two runs scored.
Creswell 9, La Pine 2: LA PINE — The Hawks trailed 3-2 after five innings of the Mountain Valley Conference game before Creswell broke it open with six runs in the sixth. The Bulldogs were aided by nine La Pine errors, including three in the big sixth inning. SueAnn Marsh hit a triple and Kiah Toepfer hit a double for the Hawks (0-3 MVC, 5-9 overall), who got RBIs from Taylar Daggett and Stephanie Herndon.
Track and field
Cowboys win meet: JOHN DAY — Jeremy Cartlidge was first in the 3,000 and second in the 1,500 to lead the Crook County boys to 130 points and a first-place finish at the GU Small Schools Meet. Thomas Burleigh took second in the long jump and Logan Tanner was second in the 800 for the Cowboys, who edged runner-up Crane by six points. For the Crook County girls, who were fourth with 54 points, Jaymie Patana (100 hurdles) and McKenzie Mccolum (200) each placed third. Grant Union topped the team standings with 206 points.
Summit 17, Sisters 0: The Storm (2-0 HDL, 6-1 overall) picked up a High Desert League win as Jack Husmann, Cian Marderos and Connor McGrew each scored a goal. Sisters drops to 0-3 in league play and 2-6 overall.
Cascade 7, Sisters 1: TURNER — Jonny Gurney won at No. 1 singles for the Outlaws’ lone victory.