LHS opens tourney with split
The Observer staff
MILTON-FREEWATER — The La Grande softball team opened the McLoughlin Tournament with a split on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers fell to Taft, 15-11, in Game 1, but bounced back for a 12-4 victory over top-ranked Junction City in Game 2.
“We hit the ball well today,” LHS head coach Kevin Kohr said. “We played good ‘D.’ We had too many free passes in that first game or it might have gone differently.”
La Grande gave up six runs in the top of the first inning to Taft, the sixth-ranked team in the OSAA standings.
The Lady Tigers responded with three runs in the bottom of the third and two in the second to cut it to 6-5.
But Taft was able to keep the lead throughout, as LHS stayed close but didn’t have enough overcome the lead.
Denise Comfort had two doubles and three RBIs, while Brandy Blackman had a double and two RBIs, and Madison Elliott hit a homerun and drove in two.
Avery Albrech added two hits in the loss.
But LHS bounced back in the second game of the day, using 18 hits to power its way past Junction City, who fell to No. 15 with the loss.
Comfort added three more hits, and the Lady Tigers rode a stellar start by Marissa Carson to get the win.
“Marissa did a great job with her control,” Kohr said. “The girls were loose. They came out playing hard. They worked hard and got rewarded for it.”
La Grande plays Yamhill-Carlton today.