The Dufur Rangers moved themselves to within a half game of first place in the Blue Mountain Conference after posting a pair of lopsided wins over Heppner Saturday in varsity baseball play in Heppner.
Although the Rangers committed seven errors, they were able to overcome some miscues by breaking open a 7-6 lead with an 8-3 spurt in the final three innings of action to grab a 16-9 opening-game win.
In all, Dufur rattled off 15 hits, as Cole Parke and Jake Kortge had three hits apiece, and teammates Trever Tibbets and Nathan Duling combined for four hits and eight RBIs.
Tibbets got the win on the mound with a solid effort to go with six unearned runs.
Parke handled his business in the nightcap, with a six-inning, complete game effort on the hill and helped his own cause with a 3 for 4 split with a double and three RBIs in Dufur’s 12-2 win.
The Rangers, who have amassed 173 runs on the season, scored in every inning but the second and put the mercy-rule in place with four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth frame.
Duling went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs, Kortge kicked in three hits, two doubles and three RBIs.
Keyser did all of his damage with one swing of the bat, as he belted a three-run home run in his four total at-bats.
Dufur (12-7 overall, 8-2 league) hosts Stanfield at 11 a.m. Saturday where sole possession of first place is on the line.