Union wins Irrigon bash

Written by Observer staff reports March 27, 2013 01:45 pm

OBSERVER STAFF REPORT

“It was a great tournament for us,” Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips said. “The girls played great defense all tournament. They put together hits for us. It was great team ball. Everyone contributed.”

In the opening win against the Knights, the Lady Cats rode the hot arm of Dani Sturm. The senior hurler pitched a complete-game shutout, recorded 10 strikeouts and added two hits at the plate. 

Keesha Sarman also had two of the team’s 12 hits in the win.

Union/Cove had no trouble with Culver, getting five innings of three-hit ball from Jaiden Wright, who also added her first career high school home run in the win.

Sarman, Sturm, Amber Fiorito and Kindra Moore all finished with multiple hits.

The Lady Cats had another stellar performance by Sturm in the first game against Gaston, going seven innings and allowing just one hit.

That set up a rematch with Gaston in the title game, where Carsyn Roberts pitched six innings and allowed three hits, while her offense did just enough to scratch out the win.

Sturm relieved in the seventh inning to pick up the save. The Lady Cats finished with six hits in the win, getting doubles from Sarman, Sturm and Moore.

“The girls played tough,” Phillips said. 

“We had to leave it on the field in that last game and that’s what the girls did.”

Union/Cove has today off before returning to the field at 4 p.m. Thursday when they play Echo/Stanfield in the Union Spring Break Bash. Heppner/Ione and Colton will also be in attendance for the two-day tournament.