The Joseph Eagle baseball team dropped a couple of encounters at their home Daggett Field against Pilot Rock Friday afternoon by 17-15 and 10-5 scores.
JoHi starting pitcher Justin Bird was ineffective in the first game, only lasting 1/3 of an inning as the Rockets benefitted from four hit batters, two bases on balls and five hits, including a home run from the Rocket's first baseman Beckwith, to erect an 10-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
Back-to-back triples by Ryan Barstad and Dustin Gibbs following a single by Andy Hayes got the Joseph offensive rolling in the second inning, but the 10 run deficit proved too much to overcome.
Pilot Rock batted around in the third inning for five more runs and the Rockets led at that point 15-3.
Joseph scored in every inning but the first, but could not put together a big inning like their visiting foes. In the bottom of the seventh inning Joseph had the tying run at the plate, but cleanup hitter Chris Garrett was put out to end the game.
Joseph slapped the baseball all over the park in that first encounter for 22 hits, seven more than their opponents. Pat Lynn, Wade Gleasman and Hayes each contributed four hits in the losing effort while Pilot Rock's leadoff hitter Krosting and #9 hitter Wallis led the Rockets with three hits each.
It was another big inning, a six run sixth inning, which lifted Pilot Rock to the victory in the nightcap. Leading 4-3 at the time, Krosting lead off the inning with a home run before the Rockets generated eight singles to plate the additional five runs.
The Rockets from Umatilla County outhit the Eagles 17 to 15 in the 10-5 second game. Joseph's Garrett slapped a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was too little too late.
Gibbs, Lynn and Mike Gamboa each had three hits for Joseph, while PR second baseman Howard slapped a double and three singles.
Joseph had opened the season earlier with a doubleheader split at Pilot Rock.