9 home runs hit in twin billFriday's outing to Union only resulted in a long bus ride home for the Wallowa Cougars as the Union-Cove Bobcats pounded out nine home runs in a doubleheader to win 11-0 and 15-5 in District 8 North baseball play.
Both games were ended after four and a half innings by the 10 run rule.
"I don't know if due to having just one practice due to weather last week, or what, but we've faced faster pitchers this year," said WHS assistant coach Mike Harshfield. "Kainoa (Delatori) led off the first with a single and Ryan (Harshfield) hit one and that was it until Tanner Shelton has a hit."
Union jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning in the first game and never looked back. Wallowa had but three hits as UHS's Reese Christensen pitched a short complete game shutout. Bobcat catcher Chris Nay hit a pair of home runs in the game and Gavin Watson and Kasey Towne hit back-to-back shots to close out the fourth inning.
"Union hit the ball well, no doubt about that," Coach Harshfield stated. "It's a short field and the wind was blowing out, and we should have been able to do the same thing."
WHS sophomore pitcher Kainoa Delatori took the loss in three innings of work, relieved in the fourth by sophomore Geoffrey Long.
In the second game, Wallowa regrouped and took an early 2-0 lead, but the long ball reared its head again as Christensen tied the game with a two-run tater in the bottom of the frame.
Union then built a 15-2 lead after four innings on three more home runs - Towne, Jerrid Magee and Christensen again - and three more Cougar runs in the top of the fifth inning were not enough to extend the game.
WHS senior Ryan Harshfield belted a home run in the third inning, but also took the loss from the mound, going three innings. He was relieved by Dalton Weaver and Kaleb Oveson in the fourth.
Watson picked up the win, throwing five-hit ball over five innings.
The losses drop Wallowa to 3-4 in league play, 8-6 overall, while Union improved to 5-3, 8-8 overall.
WHS played a make-up game at Elgin Wednesday, but results were unavailable at press time.
The Cougars play a non-league doubleheader at Baker Friday and then Wallowa will start a four-game homestand Tuesday when it hosts the Imbler Panthers. The Cougs have not had a home game since April 9.
"We mentioned to them that we have a lot of home games coming up," Coach Harshfield said, "and they seem really up for playing on their own field for a change."