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6A — BAKER CITY HERALD
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019
BAKER FOOTBALL HOMECOMING GAME TONIGHT
Baker looks to better
its playoff prospects
By Gerry Steele
positioning will be on
the line tonight when
Baker hosts Ontario in a
Greater Oregon League
football game at Bulldog
Memorial Stadium. It
also is Baker’s Homecom-
Kickoff is set for 7
A Baker win would
secure at least second
place in the GOL, and
keep Baker’s hopes alive
for at least a share of the
Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald fi le photo
Baker’s Alex Hammans runs for tough yards against
“The possible playoff
La Grande on Oct. 4.
positioning puts a little
more importance on the
game,” said Baker coach
coming festivities, the Bulldogs said they’re
“Our approach is that it’s a game we
have to have. But we’ve thought that about
“It’s not really that big of a deal,” said se-
all of the games we’ve played. We say every nior Sam McCauley. “We traveled for seven
week is a playoff game for us.”
hours on a bus to play last week.”
Ramos said the Bulldogs (1-1 in GOL
Senior Spencer Smith said this fall’s
play) want to have a chance to play for the scheduling anomaly, which has Baker
league title. To do so the Bulldogs must win playing just two home games — the previ-
against Ontario and then top La Grande at ous game was a 34-21 loss to La Grande
La Grande on Oct. 26.
on Oct. 4 — makes a difference to the
Baker defeated Ontario 41-6 at Ontario Bulldogs.
on Sept. 27. Ontario’s coach resigned the
“We don’t want to disappoint our fans
day of that game.
by losing both of our homes games,” Smith
Ramos noted that the Tigers (0-3 in the said. “We’ve just prepared for Ontario the
GOL) are a better team now.
same as usual. If we do our jobs effectively
“They’ve improved. They changed back
we’ll be fi ne. “We just look at it week by
to their old offense,” he said.
week, and treat it just like any other game.”
Although tonight’s game includes Home-
“We like where we’re at,” Ramos said.
“Youʼll love the work we do. I guarantee it.” - JR
Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald
Josie Lewis bumps the ball during Baker’s match against La Grande Thursday.
Bulldogs fall to La Grande
La Grande coach Melinda
Becker-Bisenius noted that
La Grande defended its
the Tigers had only one serve
Greater Oregon League
volleyball title Thursday by
In the fi rst set, La Grande
defeating Baker 25-16, 25-16, broke a 4-4 tie behind the
25-20 in the Baker gym.
serving of Jayce Seavert to
The Tigers stand 5-0 in
take an 8-5 edge.
league play, and Baker 3-2 is
La Grande then continued
in second place.
to add to the margin the rest
La Grande had little
of the game.
trouble with the Bulldogs
Set 2 was much the same
Thursday, unlike when Baker with La Grande pulling away
visited La Grande earlier in
from a 4-4 tie and expanding
the season. In that match, La its lead.
Grande topped Baker 3-1.
Set 3 was much closer as
By Gerry Steele
the teams played through
nine ties before Baker took a
La Grande stayed in range,
fi nally catching the Bulldogs
with Presley Justice serving.
When Justice got the serve
Baker was leading 20-19.
Justice then served the fi nal
six points for the match.
Baker closes its regular
season at home Tuesday
against Mac-Hi at 6:30 p.m.
Baker beat the Pioneers in
three sets on Oct. 1 at Milton-
AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Astros on the brink of World Series
vaunted bullpen. Those All-Star sluggers have
combined for just fi ve hits in the series, but
NEW YORK — They have the pitching,
four have been homers.
and they don’t need the pitches. Certainly,
Earlier in the day, Astros manager AJ
the Houston Astros have confi dence for good Hinch ardently denied that his team has
reason on the brink of another World Series. skirted rules to steal signs after an allegation
“It’s Justin Verlander,” reliever Ryan
by the Yankees, which was investigated and
cleared by Major League Baseball. He also
George Springer and Carlos Correa each
made it clear: If a pitcher is tipping what’s
hit three-run homers and the Astros got an-
coming, Houston will take advantage.
other wild ace off the hook to beat the dishev-
The Astros are tired of that talk detracting
eled New York Yankees 8-3 Thursday night
from their sluggers.
and reach the cusp of a second World Series
“I think it’s disrespectful that every time we
visit in three years.
score a lot of runs, people talk about tipping,”
The Astros lead the AL Championship
Correa said. “Nobody was tipping today and
Series 3-1, putting the 2017 World Series win- we scored, what, eight runs? We’re great hit-
ners a step away from a showdown with the
ters. We’ve been doing it for a whole season.”
NL champion Washington Nationals.
New York worked starter Zack Greinke
Houston still has Verlander and Gerrit Cole hard during a 28-pitch fi rst inning, but just
queued up for this series, and the Yankees
like against Cole in Game 3, the clutch hit
will have to beat both to survive. Verlander
never came. Pressly dodged a bases-loaded
will start Game 5 on Friday night against
jam in the fi fth, and many fans had left
Yankee Stadium by the time it ended shortly
Springer lined an errant splitter from
before 12:30 a.m.
playoff star Masahiro Tanaka in the third in-
The Yankees are at risk of failing to make
ning for his homer, and Correa battered Chad the World Series for an entire decade for the
Green’s fastball when New York turned to its fi rst time since the 1910s.
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