BURNS — As the Glide High baseball team prepared to play its sixth game in as many days today, head coach Al Skinner joked he might have to burn some innings on the mound by pitching himself.
The way the Wildcat lineup has been going, the veteran gray-haired coach could probably get away with it.
For the fourth and fifth times this season, the Wildcats broke into double-digits with a 13-0 win against the Burns Hilanders and a 15-4 win against the Willamina Bulldogs on Tuesday at the Burns Icebreaker Tournament.
Senior Brenden Fricke was in the middle of the action. A day after his team turned a triple-play for the first time since he could remember, Skinner witnessed another rarity when Fricke hit for the cycle against the Bulldogs.
Fricke — who also pitched six shutout innings with seven strikeouts to earn the decision — went 4-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs scored.
While he didn’t hit for the cycle, Fricke also had four hits against Grant Union a day earlier, including the game-winner.
Leadoff man Brandon Halter added three hits and three runs for Glide (7-1 overall). Cory Finlay (three runs, two RBIs) and Tylan DuBois had two hits apiece.
Burns fell to 1-7.
Later against the Bulldogs (1-2), Glide followed up its 14-hit effort by jumping ahead with eight runs in the first inning.
Halter (three runs) and Zach Rose (two runs, RBI double) recorded two hits apiece while Tanner Shaddy, Devin Freeman and Dubois each had a hit and two RBIs to their credit.
Jacob Fricke pitched into the fourth inning for the win, which concluded due to the mercy rule when Glide added six more runs in the fifth inning.
The Wildcats were averaging 10.1 runs going into today’s game against Vale, which was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Glide 300 500 5 — 13 14 0
Burns 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
B. Fricke, Shaddy (7) and Beard; B. Bailey, L. Bailey (5) and Huekman. WP — B. Fricke. LP — B. Bailey. HR — B. Fricke (G). 3B — Finlay (G), B. Fricke (G). 2B — B. Fricke (G), Halter (G), K. Beard (G).
Glide 800 16 — 15 9 1
Willamina 103 00 — 4 7 5
J. Fricke, Shaddy (4) and Finlay; Smith, Estrada (5) and Villa-Lobos. WP — J. Fricke. LP — Smith. 3B — Blakely (W). 2B — Rose (G), Shaddy (G), W. Beard (G), Blakely (W).
At Legion Field, the Umpqua Valley Christian baseball team finished off its own tournament with a 4-0 record Tuesday by defeating Monroe, 7-6, and Bandon, 10-0.
Greg Suhrstedt totaled four hits on the day, including a two-run double that tied the game against Monroe in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cooper Tharp’s ensuing popup to centerfield was misplayed, allowing Suhrstedt to come around for the winning run.
Jordan Mesa went 2-for-3 with an RBI double.
Suhrstedt also had a triple and four RBIs to his credit, and in Game 2 went 2-for-3 with another RBI. Tharp joined him in going 2-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored and a double.
UVC starting pitcher Jake Forrester completed the five-inning game and limited Bandon to one hit for his first win of the season. Forrester struck out nine and walked one, adding a hit and two RBIs at the plate.
The Monarchs (5-2 overall) will be off until next Tuesday’s Big Fir League contest at North Douglas.
Monroe 005 001 0 — 6 4 3
UVC 000 022 3 — 7 9 2
Sherman and Renshaw; Dahl, I. Graham (3) and Suhrstedt. WP — I. Graham (1-0). LP — Sherman. 3B — Suhrstedt (UVC). 2B — Mesa (UVC), Suhrstedt (UVC).
Bandon 000 00 — 0 1 1
UVC 321 4x — 10 10 1
Coomer, Cox (4) and Garrett; Forrester and Suhrstedt. WP — Forrester (1-2). LP — Coomer. 2B — J. Graham (UVC), Tharp (UVC), Medak (UVC).