But they leave their bats at home on a trip to Astoria

La Salle Prep’s baseball team took care of business in last week’s Tri-Valley Conference league openers with Madras, defeating the White Buffaloes 7-1 and 14-4 (in six innings).

The Falcons used timely hitting and the pitching arm of junior Ian Basile to put the White Buffaloes away in the 7-1 home win.

“Ian really pitched a good game,” said La Salle coach Jake Austin. “He had a no hitter going heading into the sixth. He was really efficient. He kept the count down. He only had around 70 pitches.”

Basile struck out five, walked two and allowed only two hits and one earned run in six innings of work.

The Falcons were opportunistic on offense, as they combined six hits with seven walks and four Madras errors to score runs in four different innings.

Kelly Krumm (3-for-4) had a big day with his bat, pounding out a two-run double and a run-scoring single.

Dane Maben went 2-for-3, with a RBI; Austin Vaughn went one-for-one and scored twice.

Commenting on the 14-4 win at Madras, Austin said, “It was the ugliest game of the year. Neither team could play catch.”

Austin said that the two teams committed 17 errors between them.

But the Falcons had their bats working, and they pounded out 13 hits in one of their better offensive showings of the year.

Vaughn (3-for-3, triple, double, 4 runs, 2 RBI), Connor Shride (3-for-4, double, 2 RBI) and freshman Matt Duarte (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI) led the hit parade.

The Falcons played a practice game at Astoria on Friday and struggled to put the bat on the ball in a 4-3 loss.

“We only got two hits,” said Austin. “I was impressed with our freshman pitcher, Ole Arntson. “He stepped it up and got the job done on the mound and kept us in the game — changing speeds and keeping them off balance.”

Arntson allowed five hits and two earned runs in six innings of work.

Even with the lack of hitting, the Falcons nearly earned the victory. It wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh that the Fishermen got their bats working, scoring three runs on two walks, a single, a double and one error.

La Salle’s runs were scored in the early innings, by Dane Maben and Sam Wade, on passed balls; and by Matt Duarte, on a safety squeeze by Vaughn.

La Salle (7-2, 2-0) hosts North Marion (12-1, 2-0) this Thursday, and the Falcons entertain Molalla (4-7, 0-2) next Tuesday.

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