Prepare for Little League invasion
By The Observer
Pioneer Park will be home to hundreds of Little Leaguers for a week starting Saturday.
The District 3 Little League Softball Tournament will occupy the parks Sam Marcum and Restroom fields for seven days, bringing 25 teams to competition for divisions from ages 9-10 to 15-16.
The tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with the Pendleton and Wallowa Valley majors (11-12) teams facing off at Marcum Field and the Baker and Wallowa Valley minors (9-10) teams playing at Restroom Field.
Nine games will be played Saturday, 10 on Sunday, seven on Monday and Tuesday and five on Wednesday.
The championship games in the double-elimination tournament will be played Thursday; times will be announced later. If necessary, second championship games will be played Friday.
La Grande Little League has three teams entered. The minors team will play Pilot Rock at 4 p.m. Saturday at Restroom Field while the majors team meets Athena at the same time at neighboring Marcum Field. La Grande juniors (13-14) team plays at 6 p.m. Sunday at Marcum Field against the winner of Saturdays Pilot RockBaker game.
In preparation for the tournament, scoreboards and dugouts have been added to both fields. Boy Scout Chase Miller built the dugouts at Marcum Field as his Eagle Scout project, and La Grande Little League and the Optimist Club helped build the dugouts at Restroom Field.
The scoreboards, which stand between the two fields, were donated by the local Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and were installed last week by Little League members.
Local all-stars are listed below. Lists for the Union County juniors and seniors (15-16) teams and the Wallowa Valley seniors team were unavailable by press time and will be published later.
La Grande All-Stars
Jennifer Denny, Dakota Jenkins, Alyssa Johnson, Carly Miller, Katie OReilly, Johanna Petty, Shayla Powers, Randi Shaw, Paige Stanton, Rhanda Swindlehurst, Katie Tandy, Heather Wimer. Manager Floyd Powers. Coaches James Halsey, Randy Shaw.
Bailey Ackley, Bobbi Durrand, Sara Holloway, Jessica McCall, Jennifer Moore, Tia Rhodes, Amanda Sarratt, Kelsey Steele, Tasha Tams, Calli Wetstien, Rachelle Winterton, Lindsey Willis. Manager Sue Ackley. Coaches Shon Steele, Connie Steele.
Jenny Clemens, Brittany Dalton, Kathryn Ely, Laynie Fischer, Jennifer Funkhouser, Kameran Garringer, Lisa Goben, Ellyn Herman, Jenna Jensen, Jessica Royal, Anna Wells, Ashleigh Wilson, Samantha Yundt. Manager Don Huberd. Coaches Tannalee James, Glen Herman.
Union County All-Stars
Amanda Bowers, Sarah Bowers, Ally Brudevold, Brandi Campbell, Boo Christman, Kiley Dewey, Brittney Josephson, Tara Ludwig, Mariah Murchison, Jessica Reynolds, Shanna Riomondo, Amber Sipp. Coaches Barry Bowers, Paul Phillips, Ralph Riomondo.
Jennifer Brotherton, Allie Burgess, Whitney Carman, Katie Griffin, Mandy Griffin, Christina McGilvary, Cassidy Olsen, Katy Puckett, Keri Reynolds, Carrie Stratton, Savannah Wilhelm, Tara Witherspoon. Coaches Mark Stratton, Katie Grant.
Wallowa Valley All-Stars
Rose Aberbeck, Paige Bailey, Anna Bird, Ashley Burgess, Summer Despain, Kala Foster, Ashley Graning, Jamie Micka, Tonya Neil, Andrea Schaefer, Erin Soward, Bodean Warnock. Coaches Wendy McDaniel, Angie Neil, Kathy Schaefer.
Sara Aberbeck, Laura Britton, Bonnie Gardner, Kirstin Gillilan, Kerri Gleasman, Rachel Gorbett, Kay Ann Layton, Monique McKenzie, Lena Moro, Colby Patton, Nicole Santiago, Theresa Stangel, Lisa Stroebel, Krista Stangel. Manager Jeff Gaertner. Coaches Kathy Schaeffer, Dean Deuquette.