Observer staff

The La Grande Tigers softball team ran its record to a perfect 7-0 by winning all four of its games — all against Idaho schools — Friday and Saturday at the National Guard Spring Break Classic in Nampa, Idaho.


La Grande 11, Middleton 5

The Tigers broke open their first game by scoring six runs in the second inning and adding on five runs in the third as they routed the Middleton Vikings.

Jayce Seavert homered and drove in three runs, and both Alaina Carson and Kara Gooderham had a pair of RBIs for La Grande.

Two Middleton errors with the bases loaded allowed the first two runs to score in the second inning. Gooderham was then walked, Seavert was hit by a pitch, and Allie Brock was walked — each with the bases loaded — to force in three more runs before Seavert scored on a wild pitch for a 6-0 lead.

In the third, Carson hit an RBI single, Lexee Gomes scored on a wild pitch, and another error led to a run before Seavert hit a two-run home run for an 11-1 lead.

Brock tossed 2-2/3 innings for the win, striking out four, walking one and allowing two runs — one earned — on two hits.

La Grande 1, Ridgevue 0

Brock struck out eight as she tossed a six-hit shutout — her third of the season — and Seavert provided all the offense necessary as the Tigers edged the Warhawks in a pitchers’ duel.

Seavert hit a fourth-inning solo home run to left field for the only run of the game.

Brock held the lead, and got out of a two-on, no-out jam in the seventh for the win, aided by Seavert throwing out a would-be base stealer. Seavert, in fact, threw out two base runners in the game.

Carson had two of La Grande’s four hits in the win.


La Grande 9, Gooding 3

Two big early innings gave La Grande the margin it needed as it opened Saturday with a win over the Gooding Senators.

Carson, Seavert and Brock each had two hits and combined to collect six of La Grande’s seven RBIs. Jaiden Hafer also had two hits.

RBI singles by Seavert and Brock gave the Tigers a 2-0 first-inning lead, and an error allowed two more runs to score in the frame. In the second, Seavert hit a two-run double, and Brock and Hafer both collected RBI singles to double the lead to 8-0.

Carson’s RBI double in the third gave the Tigers a 9-0 lead.

Brock tossed the first two innings before turning it over to the bullpen. She struck out six batters while allowing just one hit.

La Grande 4, Meridian 2

Brock and Seavert both homered, and Brock tossed another gem in the pitcher’s circle as the Tigers finished with a win over the Meridian Warriors.

Seavert’s RBI double in the first scored Carson with the game’s first run, and she followed with a solo home run — her third of the weekend — in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.

An error in the fourth allowed Hafer to score, and Brock capped the scoring for La Grande in the fifth with a solo shot.

Brock took a perfect game into the seventh inning, retiring the first 18 batters she faced, before Sam Desloover hit a home run to get the Warriors on the board. Abigail Gagnon homered later for Meridian, but Brock finished off the win.

The junior pitcher struck out 10 and allowed the two runs on three hits.

La Grande (7-0 overall) faces Pendleton in its home opener Wednesday.

Eagles baseball takes two in John Day

The Wallowa Valley Eagles baseball team went 2-1 at the Les Schwab Tournament in John Day over the weekend, with wins over Bandon and Neah-Kah-Nie and a loss to Rainier.

Wallowa Valley 5, Bandon 0

Coy Aschenbrenner and Trace Evans combined to throw a one-hitter and strike out six batters as the Eagles pulled away late for a 5-0 win over the Bandon Tigers Thursday.

Wallowa Valley posted single runs in the first and fourth, then gave itself some breathing room with a three-run fifth. Gus Ramsden reached on an error, Zeb Ramsden doubled, and Flynn Nave and Chris Nobles singled before David Salim capped the frame with an RBI groundout.

Nobles went 2-for-3 in the win. Aschenbrenner struck out five in five hitless innings. Evans worked the final two innings for the save.

Rainier 3, Wallowa Valley 0

Nobles had the lone hit for the Eagles as they were dealt their first loss of the season against the Columbians

Evans and Gus Ramsden combined to pitch six innings, allowing three runs with four walks and two strikeouts.

Wallowa Valley 9, Neah-Kah-Nie 5

The Eagles used a surge in the latter innings to come away with a win over the
Pirates Saturday in their final game of the tournament.

Kaden McClure broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the fourth that gave Wallowa Valley the lead for good. Nave had RBI groundouts in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Zeb Ramsden added an RBI in the sixth as the Eagles scored four times in the sixth for a 9-2 lead.

Gus Ramsden allowed two runs in six innings, walked one and struck out four.

The Eagles (4-1 overall) travel to Burns/Crane Friday to open Special District 5 play.