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Dufur baseball splits pair with Pilot Rock

After losing their opening game by a 4-2 margin to Pilot Rock Rockets, the Dufur Rangers rebounded in a big way with an eight-hit effort for a 10-2 victory and a season split Saturday in baseball action in Pilot Rock.

In the nightcap, Dufur broke open a 4-1 lead with two runs on the scoreboard in the fifth inning and tacked on four runs in the sixth.

Dufur slugged out eight hits, the duo of Nathan Duling and Trever Tibbets had two hits apiece, and Cole Parke added a 1 for 4 split with a triple.

Parke added a complete-game effort from the mound, as he scattered five hits and struck out a season-high 11 while walking one.

The Rockets gained an advantage in the opener with a three-run outburst in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead.

Dufur added a single run in the sixth, but stranded runners and could not get any closer.

Overall, the Ranger slammed out 10 hits and Tibbets led the way by going 3 for 3 with an RBI.

Bryson Caldwell added a 2 for 4 split and Josh Keyser went 2 for 3.

Tibbets was the hard-luck loser on the hill, with six innings of seven-hit ball. The right-hander struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Due to bad field conditions, tonight’s game against Horizon Christian (2-4 overall, 0-2 league) is switched from Hood River to Dufur with a start time of 4:30 p.m.

Dufur (5-6, 1-1) will now travel to Horizon on April 30, and the Condon-Wheeler and Portland Lutheran games will be on the road.

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