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Legacy Ford splits at Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The day started as a pitcher’s duel, and it ended as a hit parade.

Legacy Ford split its games Thursday on the opening day of the Walla Walla Tournament. In the opener, the Mustangs fell to Columbia Basin, 3-2. Later in the day, they answered nicely with a 16-4 thumping versus Tacoma.

“They looked a lot better that last game,” Legacy Ford manager Eric Yundt said. “There were a lot better approaches at the plate in that game.”

La Grande eliminated

The Pendleton 11/12-year-old all-star team remained undefeated in the District 3 tournament after defeating La Grande, 6-0, in Thursday’s semifinal.

Pendleton (4-0) was fueled by 15 strikeouts, 12 thrown by Anthony Huntington. La Grande (3-2) had two hits in the game.

After Huntington struck out La Grande’s first three batters, Taylor Hillmick and TJ Hancock each hit doubles to lead off for Pendleton.

La Grande advances into semifinal

ELGIN — It didn’t take La Grande long to get past its lone loss of the District 3 tournament, scoring four runs in the opening inning in a 17-3, four-inning rout Wednesday versus Milton-Freewater.

“I was a little disappointed we started out a little bit slow,” La Grande manager Allen Childs said. “We’re still having trouble throwing strikes early on in the game, but we came around with the bats, got a spark and then got things rolling.”

Harney drops La Grande; Union County beats M-F

LA GRANDE LAUNCHER: La Grande’s Troy Williams connects with a pitch during the 11/12 All-Star Little League tournament. Williams had three home runs, but his team fell to Harney County 19-7 Tuesday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN — La Grande didn’t play its best against the toughest team so far at the 11/12 All-Star Little League tournament Tuesday.

Walks and errors derailed La Grande’s waltz through pool play during a 19-7 loss to Harney County.

“We hurt ourselves,” La Grande manager Allen Childs said. “Our pitchers fell behind in the count, and the Harney County batters made them pay.”

La Grande led 2-0 before Harney County scored nine times in the second inning.

Gambill earns La Grande win

GAMBILL-ING MAN: Josh Gambill went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs for his La Grande 11/12 All-Star team. - PAUL HARDER/The Observer
ELGIN — Someone needs to talk to Josh Gambill about selfishness. But maybe after the 11/12 All-Star tournament run is over.

Gambill propelled La Grande past Union County 13-5 Monday.

"What can you say,” La Grande manager Allen Childs said. “(Josh) did it all. He’s usually a little tentative, but not today.”

Gambill took matters into his own hands on the mound. He started the game, and struck out three batters in three innings of work.

Over the hill? Not for 40-year-old Dubray

SLICK VIC: La Grande native Vic Dubray will compete in the Mark Nichols Memorial Bullriding event at 7 p.m. Friday. - Observer file photo
He had a sick, nauseous feeling in his stomach. A slight headache, too. Hours earlier, he was bucked off the bull, knocked somewhat senseless, left with these concussed symptoms.

This indented hat? Maybe it was from the bull grazing his head. He assumed it was. After all, that happened twice last year, so maybe it did again.

Union Co. All-Stars prevail

SIPP-ING VICTORY: Kenneth Sipp had a double for Union County. PAUL HARDER/The Observer
ELGIN — Union County held on against Grant County at the 11/12 Little League All-Star Tournament in Elgin Sunday.

Trailing 3-1 after an inning, Union County found its rhythm.

Kenneth Sipp helped cap a four-run third with a double, and Union County pulled out to a 7-3 lead.

Cashell earns award

PORTLAND — EOU Athletic Director Rob Cashell has been named NAIA Region I Athletic Director of the Year, according to a news release on the university website.

The award is voted on by the athletic directors in Region I — which comprises 23 institutions across five Western states, as well as Canada.

Cashell, who’s in his seventh year at EOU, has been instrumental in recent athletic facility development on campus, including the completion of renovations to Quinn Coliseum, the replacement of the track and field throws facilities, and the renovation and naming of Peggy Anderson Field.

Turtles: Humans’ good intentions can harm the cute creatures

The western painted turtle is our native turtle species. They've always been present on Ladd Marsh, but the ODFW has augmented their numbers many times in years past. Last year, about 50 were brought over and released on the marsh. - Photo/JIM WARD
Well-meaning people are clouding the outlook for the western painted turtle.

Many female western painted turtles are being spotted crawling out of ponds and mud flats at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area and other nearby places. The turtles are searching for dry areas where they can lay eggs.

Big-hearted people finding these turtles far from water are bringing them back to ponds and marshy areas.

Union County loses

KACI AT THE BAT: Union County's Kaci Langford takes a rip at Sam Marcum Field Thursday. - Observer photo/PAUL HARDER
The road to the state tournament will once again run through Milton-Freewater.

Union County fell in the 9-10-year-old All-Star game 8-2 Thursday at Sam Marcum Field.

It’s Milton-Freewater’s second straight trip to the state tournament.

Rikki Griffin did all she could from the pitching circle. Griffin struck out seven — including the first three batters of the game.

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