6A — BAKER CITY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019 BAKER VOLLEYBALL BAKER FOOTBALL HOMECOMING GAME TONIGHT Baker looks to better its playoff prospects By Gerry Steele firstname.lastname@example.org Potential playoff 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- ing game. Kickoff is set for 7 o’clock. 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 GOL title. 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 Jason Ramos. coming festivities, the Bulldogs said they’re “Our approach is that it’s a game we prepared. 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 error Thursday. 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 email@example.com the teams played through nine ties before Baker took a 3-point lead. 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- Freewater. 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 Pressly said. 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 James Paxton. 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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