LHS takes down Wolverines

By Observer staff March 26, 2014 10:43 am

BAKER CITY — The La Grande girls softball team capped the Baker Spring Tournament with a 5-3 win over Weiser, Idaho, Tuesday.

Mattie Spencer settled into the circle after allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits in the opening inning. She allowed just two hits in the final six innings. Spencer struck out three and walked three. 

“That’s as good as I’ve seen Mattie pitch all season,” La Grande head coach Lin Casciato said. “It was great to see her settle in after a tough first inning against a good team.”

La Grande started its rally in the fourth inning, with a leadoff triple by Addie Hagerman. Brandy Blackman followed with a triple of her own after an out. Blackman scored on a double by Katelyn Bell, and Bell came around to score on an error by the Wolverines two batters later. 

Blackman finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Hagerman also picked up two hits and drove in a run. 

La Grande senior Shania Holpuch also picked up a pair of singles.

Casciato was also happy about the defense played by his team during the win. Sophomore Avery Albrecht made the move from centerfield to shortstop for the game and helped turn three double plays. 

“The defense was pretty solid,” Casciato said. “Moving Avery into the infield really helped out. Getting those double plays helped change the game.

“We played some ball today. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a huge improvement.”

La Grande returns to action against Scappoose at noon Friday in the Mac-Hi Tournament.

Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa grabbed the lead by scoring four runs in the seventh inning. Callyn Stewart hit a two-run home run, and Kristyn Young drove in the final run with an RBI triple. 

Taylor Grote limited La Grande to two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the save. 

Noel Taylor picked up the win despite allowing 14 runs in 13 hits in six innings of work. Taylor struck out two and walked six. 

Spencer took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits in 1 1/ 3 innings.

Kendall Kirkland led La Grande with a 3-for-3 game, including a double and a triple. Hagerman hit a home run. Blackman and Bell each had two hits. Blackman drove in three runs, while Bell drove in two.