EASTERN SOFTBALL BEGINS POSTSEASON TOURNEY TODAY

May 08, 2003 12:00 am
PULLING THE STRING: Eastern's Jayne-Leigh Thomas will be bringing her devastating change-up to the Region I postseason tournament today. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
PULLING THE STRING: Eastern's Jayne-Leigh Thomas will be bringing her devastating change-up to the Region I postseason tournament today. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

The Eastern Oregon softball women begin their playoff run today at Portland's Delta Park against Southern Oregon, the No. 16-ranked NAIA team in the nation.

The Eastern women go into the playoffs on a roll. The Mountaineers ended the season 22-13, and won five out their last six games to zoom past Albertson and Oregon Tech, jumping from the No. 4 seed in Region 1 to the No. 3 seed in the process.

Eastern finished at 10-6 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, in second place behind Southern.

By ending the season on a hot streak, Eastern avoided a first-round game against Simon Fraser, the top seed in Region 1. Simon Fraser is 29-3 and is the No. 1-ranked softball team in the NAIA.

Southern is no slouch. The Red Raiders are 27-9 (11-4 in CCC), and swept Eastern in four games. However, in two "home" games played in April in Pendleton (due to snow flurries in La Grande), Eastern played Southern tough, losing 3-2 and 7-5. Southern handled Eastern in Ashland recently 8-0 and 3-0.

While Simon Fraser and Southern are both ranked, Eastern did receive four votes in the national NAIA rankings.

Eastern had five players named to the all-conference team. Four of those players — outfielder Megan Brock, catcher Adrienne Fullmer, first baseman Beth Hull and shortstop Casi Reisenauer — also made the all-Region I team selected this week.

Reisenauer especially ended the season hot, going 5-for-8 in Eastern's final doubleheader against Concordia. She boosted her batting average to an even .400 after that performance.

The tournament is double-elimination. If Eastern wins, the Mountaineers will play the winner of Simon Fraser-Oregon Tech late today. If the Mountaineers lose to Southern, they will play the loser of Simon-Fraser-Oregon Tech, again later today.

The Region 1 championship game will be played Friday.

— Pierre LaBossire p Reisenauer ends regular season at .400

The Eastern Oregon softball women begin their playoff run today at Portland's Delta Park against Southern Oregon, the No. 16-ranked NAIA team in the nation.

The Eastern women go into the playoffs on a roll. The Mountaineers ended the season 22-13, and won five out their last six games to zoom past Albertson and Oregon Tech, jumping from the No. 4 seed in Region 1 to the No. 3 seed in the process.

Eastern finished at 10-6 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, in second place behind Southern.

By ending the season on a hot streak, Eastern avoided a first-round game against Simon Fraser, the top seed in Region 1. Simon Fraser is 29-3 and is the No. 1-ranked softball team in the NAIA.

Southern is no slouch. The Red Raiders are 27-9 (11-4 in CCC), and swept Eastern in four games. However, in two "home" games played in April in Pendleton (due to snow flurries in La Grande), Eastern played Southern tough, losing 3-2 and 7-5. Southern handled Eastern in Ashland recently 8-0 and 3-0.

While Simon Fraser and Southern are both ranked, Eastern did receive four votes in the national NAIA rankings.

Eastern had five players named to the all-conference team. Four of those players — outfielder Megan Brock, catcher Adrienne Fullmer, first baseman Beth Hull and shortstop Casi Reisenauer — also made the all-Region I team selected this week.

Reisenauer especially ended the season hot, going 5-for-8 in Eastern's final doubleheader against Concordia. She boosted her batting average to an even .400 after that performance.

The tournament is double-elimination. If Eastern wins, the Mountaineers will play the winner of Simon Fraser-Oregon Tech late today. If the Mountaineers lose to Southern, they will play the loser of Simon-Fraser-Oregon Tech, again later today.

The Region 1 championship game will be played Friday.

— Pierre LaBossire