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TOO RARE: Amy Edison had one of the Cubsí three hits in a 10-0 loss to Heppner/Ione Tuesday in the semifinal game of the 2A/1A state softball playoffs. CASEY KELLAS / The Observer
Mustang pitcher moves team to title game after 10-0 victory over Enterprise/Joseph
ENTERPRISE — Enterprise/Joseph’s showdown with Heppner/Ione in the state softball semifinals Tuesday was a match-up of two of the best pitchers at the 2A/1A level. Katie Edison and Baily Bennett have been dominant this season while carrying their teams to a game away from the state title game.
But on Tuesday it was Bennett’s Mustangs who were able to string together hits and take advantage of costly errors by the Cubs to cruise to a 10-0 victory and a spot in Friday’s championship game.
“I’m surprised they were able to hit Katie like that,” coach Travis Huffman said of Heppner/Ione. “They’re a good team. There’s a reason they were ranked No. 1 all year.”
The first two innings played out exactly how it was expected. Each pitcher allowed just one hit, while Bennett struck out four of the first seven batters she faced. Edison sat down two of the first three to enter the batter’s box.
But Heppner/Ione was able to break a scoreless ballgame in the top of the third.
After back-to-back singles started the inning, a one-out, RBI double by Bennett got the Mustangs on the board. Makenzie Correa followed that with a two-run double to stretch the lead to 3-0 and Heppner/Ione seized momentum.
The visitors got another run in the fifth on a ball that Cassi Day drove to center field that brought home Correa with two outs to make it a 4-0 advantage.
Enterprise/Joseph, meanwhile, couldn’t get anything going at the plate.
The Cubs managed just two hits over the first six innings.
“I don’t think we were prepared for her speed,” Huffman said of Bennett.
The Mustangs blew the game open in the top of the sixth.
Heppner/Ione took advantage of three Cubs’ errors and moved five runs across on four hits to make it a 9-0 lead. Day, Maggie Collins, Bennett and Tessa Gould all had RBIs in the inning.
The Mustangs added one more run in the seventh, while Enterprise/Joseph managed to get just one more runner on base in the bottom of the seventh, only to see Holly Taylor ground into a double play to end the game.
Bennett finished two for three with two RBIs and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory. Edison sat down nine in seven innings of work.
Amy Edison, Katie Edison and Callyn Stewart all recorded a single hit for the hosts.
The Mustangs outhit the Cubs 12-3 and finished with no errors to Enterprise/Joseph’s five.
The loss ends a 12-game win streak the Cubs had assembled.
“This was a good year. I don’t think anyone thought we’d make it this far. This is a bunch of overachievers. We’re really going to miss our seniors, but we have a lot of talent coming up,” Huffman said.