Playing in wet, slippery conditions that caused first-game starting pitcher Joe Griffin to slip on the mound and sustain an injury that kept him sidelined throughout a doubleheader, Wallowa/Imbler lost by 13-1 and 15-6 scores in John Day Friday.
The first game ended courtesy of the 5-inning mercy rule and the Cats, other than some offensive punch supplied by Casey Robertson and Wes Conrad, had no answers for a strong Prospector team.
Robertson went 3 for 3 with two home runs and four RBIs in the second game and Conrad split two doubles and two singles between the two decisive losses, but their efforts could not overcome meager offensive displays by their teammates and a porous defense that gave up a total of 12 errors.
Grant Union scored 10 runs in the first inning against Griffin and his successor Kyle Johnson.
Wallowa/Imblers only first-game run came in the third inning when Conrad doubled and Robertson singled him home.
Playing under steady rain that slowed at times, Garrett Murray notched one of four Cat hits in the opener compared to 10 hits for the victors.
Conrad, Wal/Imbs best pitcher, was cruising along with a 5-2 lead entering the bottom of the fourth inning when errors, a triple, and three walks proved to be his demise.
By the time Conrad could secure the third out of that fourth inning, his teammates had committed four errors behind him, hed allowed a booming triple and issued three walks, and eight Prospector runners had crossed home plate.
Coach Buck Fullerton said he and Bill Robbs team committed nine errors in that second game alone.
In addition to Robertsons two home run blasts, Kody Swift drove a Cat run home with a double and freshman Treve VanCleave scored the teams sixth run on a single, stolen base, and eventual passed ball.
Wallowa notched a total of 7 hits in the nightcap, but its hard to outscore an opponent that benefits from nine fielding errors in one game.
On Friday, if weather allows, the Cats will play their home- opening doubleheader against Union/Cove. That first game is slated to begin at noon in Wallowa.
With a 4-6 season mark, Wal/Imb now sports a 3-3 league record.