UNION SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH NYSSA, STILL IN FIRST
NYSSA Union softball coach Steve Robertson was concerned about his team's offense after an opening game loss on the road to Nyssa, but the Bobcats came back with a nine-run inning in game two to split the doubleheader.
Union lost the first game 12-2, then won the second 12-10. Union is 6-2 in league, tied for first in the Wapiti League with Pine-Eagle at the halfway point of the season. Nyssa is a game back at 5-3.
Robertson said he is pleased with the Bobcats' position at this point of the season.
"We're still in first place. We're still in control," he said.
Robertson said Nyssa was a good hitting team. "They had our outfielders running in circles," he said.
Nyssa also nearly mounted a game-winning comeback on the Bobcats, but Union held on. Union got out to a 9-0 lead, but six runs in the sixth for Nyssa cut that lead to 10-8. Each team scored two runs in the seventh.
Robertson thought that perhaps with the big lead, the Union girls might have lost their concentration.
April Savely had three hits in game 1. Jana Brotherton had four RBIs in the second game.
Union next plays at Pine-Eagle Friday.
Union 002 000 00x 2 8 2
Nyssa 036 020 01x 12 14 6
Sasser, Prince (4) and Waite; Hittle and Hartley. WP Hittle. LP Sasser.
Union hits Savely 3, Robertson 2, Helmer, Brotherton, Waite. RBI Robertson.
Union 090 000 012 12 9 4
Nyssa 010 100 062 10 12 7
Y. Escobedo, Hittle (2) and Hartley; Sasser, Prince (7) and Waite. WP Sasser. LP Y. Escobedo.
Union hits Brotherton 2, Robertson, Helmer, Prince, Savely, Waite, Sasser, Weitlauf. RBI Brotherton 4, Robertson, Waite, Sasser.
ELGIN SOFTBALL LOSES TWO TO PINE-EAGLE
ELGIN The Elgin Huskies nearly beat the Pine-Eagle Spartans in game 1 of their Eastern Oregon League doubleheader Friday.
But, after the Huskies were up 9-7 heading into the final frame, the Spartans (6-2 league) got four runs in the seventh to rally back for a 11-9 win.
The Huskies (0-8 league) lost game 2 by a score of 15-3.
Keeri Phelps batted 2-for-4 in game 1. Ashley Hogan was 3-for-5, Lacie Heighes was 2-for-3 with a double. Tiffany Fincher was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Leanne Foster was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a double.
Hogan pitched until the sixth when Stacy McKinnis came on in relief.
In game 2, Foster pitched the entire game. Heighes was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases. McKinnis was 2-for-3 with a double. Trista Witherspoon was 1-for-2. Fincher was 1-for-2. Shelly Zekmeister was 1-for-2.
The Huskies travel to Nyssa Saturday and host Weston-McEwen Tuesday.
The Spartans are now tied with Union (6-2 league) for first place. Union split with Nyssa Friday.
ELGIN BASEBALL SPLITS TWIN BILL
ELGIN The Elgin baseball boys saved their best arms for an important league doubleheader today, but still managed a split with Weston-McEwen Friday.
Elgin (11-3 overall, 6-2 in Wapiti League) won the first game 9-6, then lot the nightcap 14-3.
Elgin was behind late in game 1, but erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning to pull the game out.
Blake Eckstein hit a double and drove in three runs in the first game, while Chad McDonald had three hits and drove in two runs. McDonald also pitched the victory.
Codi Burgess had two hits and an RBI.
"Chad did a wonderful job" pitching, said coach Gordie Simons.
In the second game Eckstein had another double and two more RBIs.
Simons said he pitched several of his younger players, saving their arms for a big doubleheader today against Imbler, which is right behind Elgin in the Wapiti standings.
Weston-McEwen 012 201 0 6 6 3
Elgin 110 007 x 9 8 2
Sheared, Clark and Sparks, Demianew and Foster; McDonald and Schumacher and Thompson.
Elgin hits McDonald 3, Burgess 2, Eckstein, Payne, Schumacher. 2B Eckstein. RBI Eckstein 3, McDonald 2, Burgess.
Weston-McEwen 032 27x x 14 6 1
Elgin 000 30x x 3 3 5
Duke, Delph and Foster; Foster, Witherspoon (4), Diaz (6), Burgess (6) and Burgess, Diaz.
Elgin hits Eckstein, McDonald, Schumacher. 2B Eckstein. RBI Eckstein 2, Schumacher.
LA GRANDE BASEBALL STRUGGLES AGAINST HOT-HITTING BAKER
La Grande baseball coach Dennis Young said it was just simply one of those forgettable days.
The La Grande boys had a rough day Friday, losing a league doubleheader to Baker 19-0 and 16-4.
"Unfortunately, in baseball, those kinds of days happen. I think we came out flat. Today, there wasn't a spark," said Young.
The Bulldogs are a good team and showed why they have an 11-3 record, pounding out 27 hits in the doubleheader.
Young said that one of La Grande's best pitchers, Kenny Haggerty, couldn't go Friday because of rotator cuff tendinitis.
Young said it's important for his team now to "put this in the past and go on. They're a good group of kids. They've been resilient throughout the year."
Sean Cederholm had two RBIs in game 2.
La Grande (2-4 in Greater Oregon League, 3-13 overall) next plays Tuesday, hosting DeSales at 5 p.m.
Baker 610 66 xx 19 15 0
La Grande 000 00 xx 0 3 4
Spooner, Bailey (5) and Price; Derek Moore, Evins (4) and Kelly Moore. WP Spooner. LP D. Moore.
La Grande hits Wells, Frye, Lequerica.
Baker 007 405 x 16 12 2
La Grande 300 100 x 4 5 3
Bobby Bond, Bailey (6) and Price; Lequerica, Frye (4), Evins (6) and Kelly Moore. WP Bobby Bond. LP Lequerica.
La Grande hits Dowdy, Lequerica, Cederholm, Evins, Turner. RBI Cederholm 2, Turner.
LA GRANDE TENNIS BOYS LOSE FIRST MEET
BAKER While there were some strong individual matches, the La Grande tennis boys suffered their first team loss of the year Friday.
La Grande was beaten by Baker three matches to two.
"I think what happened is that they played well, but not as well as they had," said coach Mike Schireman.
The previously unbeaten duo of John Woodfield and Levi Morrison lost in straight sets. Schireman said they didn't play well, but added that Woodfield has been fighting a virus.
Seth Pennington and Matt Nightingale did win their match 6-2, 6-1. In singles' play, Brendan Marshall won his match 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
"Pennington and Nightingale area really starting to click," Schireman said.
For the girls, Schireman said Stephanie Keith had an excellent match.
After winning her first set, Keith fell behind in the second second 1-5, but roared back to win six straight games to win the match 6-2, 7-5.
The girls won on match and lost four on the day.
La Grande vs Baker
Stephanie Keith, La Grande def. Gloria Ho, Baker, 6-2, 7-5; Erin Williams, Baker, def. Bethany Herman, La Grande 6-1, 6-0; Kari Stayton, Baker, def. Caitlin Schoenfelder, La Grande 6-0, 6-2.
Kelly Bogart-Lana Ho, Baker def. Haily Hines-Hilary Girrard, La Grande, 6-0, 6-2; Sky Forsgren, Melissa McMannan, Baker def. Megan Sherer and Jennifer Hubbard, La Grande 6-3, 6-0
Amanda Elulling, Baker def. Nikki Nielsen, La Grande, 8-2; Amanda Moorhouse, BAker def. Paris Bunkers, La Grande 9-7; Casey Poass-Anna Rogers, Baker def. Kelsey Woodfield-Paris Bunkers, La Grande 8-1; Kim Ward-Katie Ward, Baker def. Sara Noyes-Teresa Kiemnec, La Grande 8-0; Kim Schildknecht-Terrin Hutton, Baker def. Miah Perry-Tricia Nebeker, La Grande, 8-3.
Jed Rembold, Baker def. Aaron Nebeker, La Grande 6-1, 6-4; Greg Baxter, Baker def. Dan Thurber, La Grande 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; Brendan Marshall, La Grande def. Chris Rogers, Baker 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
Mike Vanartsdalen-Joel Cummings, Baker def. John Woodfield-Levi Morrison, La Grande 6-1, 7-5; Seth Pennington-Matt Nightingale, La Grande def. Jace Wheeler-Matt Huntsman, Baker 6-2, 6-1.
Mkara Im, La Grande def. Scott Tugman, Baker 8-7, 7-3; Bern Youngblood, La Grande def. Tyler Defrees, Baker 8-2; Matt Huntsman, Baker def. James Selman, La Grande 8-4; Chris Rogers, Baker def. Thomas Lund, La Grande 8-3; Dan Jones-Sean Gregory, La Grande def. Tyler Defrees-Will Burton, Baker 8-6; Ian Gregory-Keaton Orton, La Grande def. Jamie Mossman-Baron Black, Baker 8-6; Jordan Morrison-Josef Mielke, La Grande def. Jamie Mossman, Baron Black, Baker 8-2; Tyler Defrees-Jace Wheeler, Baker def. Daniel Blanchard-Cale Flescher, La Grande 8-3.
ENTERPRISE GIRLS WIN WALLOWA GOLF INVITE
ENTERPRISE The La Grande girls' junior varsity golf team came in second, behind Enterprise's varsity team at the Wallowa High School Invitational, held at Alpine Meadows Golf Course in Enterprise.
Enterprise shot a 400,La Grande JV posted a 465 and Wallowa varsity a 495.
Kayla Miller, of Enterprise scored 88 for medalist honors. La Grande's Elizabeth Garton was second with 99.
Enterprise's Jessica Marcum shot a 101, Kayla Stoffel a 104, Lacey Nobles a 107, Anna Beaudoin a 121 and Tera Phinney a 128.
Holli Barton led Wallowa with a 113, while Leah Pringle shot a 120, Angela Bombaci a 121, Kristin Bomberger a 142 and Beth Robinson a 165.
Other La Grande players were Diedra Pokorney, Kira Tao, who won the longest drive for the back nine on hole No. 15, and Chih-Ling Chang.
This was the last junior varsity tournament for the Tigers.
Preparations for district competition will begin Monday with the varsity players competing at Wildhorse Resort in Pendleton.
The district tournament will be held at Wildhorse on May 12 and 13.