UNION COUNTY GIRLS REACH FINAL
PENDLETON The Union County Little League girls minors (9-10-year-olds) all-star team will play for the district championship today.
Kacie Merrigan's two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning scored the winning run in Union County's 16-15 victory over Milton-Freewater.
Union County plays Pendleton at 12:30 p.m. at Pendleton's Kenny Melton Field. Union County must beat Pendleton today and Friday to win the District 3 title.
Union County trailed 15-11 going into the bottom of that last inning. With one out, Jordan Roberts and Julia Barrows both singled to set the table for Meagan McCabe. McCabe's single scored two runs.
Ashley McGinness singled and after a ground out, Sarah Bowers singled to drive home two more runs and tie the game.
After a Jessie Reynolds hit, Merrigan drove home Bowers to win the game.
Bowers pitched 5' innings with six strikeouts for the victory. She was also 4-for-5 at the plate, as was Merrigan.
Roberts and Reynolds each had three hits, and McGinness, McCabe, Reva West and Taylor Loree each had two hits.
Jennifer Longwell scored two runs as a pinch runner. Chantele Malone and Jamie Murchison played great defense, coach Paul Phillips said.
Union County lost Tuesday to Pendleton, 11-1. In its three games at the tournament, Pendleton has outscored its opponents 64-4. Union County, however, has scored 70 runs in four games.
In other Little League action Wednesday, the Baker girls majors (11-12-year-olds) beat Wallowa Valley 14-12 in a losers' bracket game, dropping Wallowa Valley from the tournament.
Wallowa Valley scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to get the game close.
Colby Patton and Jamie Micka each had two hits for Wallowa Valley, which finished third at the tournament.
The Union County girls juniors (13-14-year-olds) team also lost Wednesday, dropping a 6-1 contest to Pilot Rock in a loser-out game.
Keri Reynolds had two of Union County's five hits and scored her team's only run.
At the boys minors tournament Wednesday in Pilot Rock, La Grande pitcher Brian Mills struck out eight in a 5-4 loss to Pilot Rock that dropped La Grande from the tournament.