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The Enterprise Outlaws softball team opened Special District 2 play with a bang, blasting hapless Burns/Crane on the road Friday, 14-4 and 22-10.

Enterprise 14, Burns/Crane 4

Lexie Gassett and Claire Farwell both had three RBIs, and Gassett also pitched a complete game to power the Outlaws to a win.

Enterprise scored the game’s first 10 runs, then put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth inning that gave it a 14-2 lead.

Gassett went 2-for-3, and Samantha McFarland also had a pair of hits and scored twice. Farwell and Aisya Salim both scored three times, and Liz Rowley scored two runs.

The Outlaws had just eight hits, but were also walked 11 times in the win.

Gassett surrendered three hits, walked two and struck out five.

Enterprise 22, Burns/Crane 10

Rowley had a big day at the plate as the Outlaws turned in their highest-scoring offensive effort since scoring 27 runs in a game against Weston-McEwen a year ago.

The Outlaws entered the fourth inning trailing 6-5, then exploded for eight runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and five in the sixth to turn the game into a rout.

Rowley went 3-for-5 with a triple, scored three runs and had five RBIs. Rylin Kirkland also had three hits, drove in three runs and scored four times. Farwell and Jessie Teeney both added three runs, and four more players scored twice. Salim and Teeney both added a pair of RBIs. The Outlaws were also issued 13 more walks in the win.

Rowley and Gassett combined to throw five innings for Enterprise, and between them allowed just four hits and five earned runs, though they walked nine batters.

The Outlaws (5-2 overall, 2-0 SD2) host Vale in a doubleheader Friday.

Union/Cove splits with Prospectors

The Union/Cove Ladycats softball team’s Special District 6 doubleheader against the Grant Union/Prairie City Prospectors featured two very different games. The Ladycats won a pitchers’ duel in the opener, 2-1, then stunningly dropped the second game, 15-14, after holding an 11-0 lead in the third inning.

Union/Cove 2, GU/PC 1

Callie Glenn shut down the Prospectors in the opener by allowing just three hits, and Union/Cove managed all the offense it needed in the third inning for the win.

Harley Creech hit an RBI single in the third, and Brianna Kohr followed with an RBI double to put the Ladycats ahead, 2-0.

An error in the sixth allowed Jordyn Young to score for the Prospectors, but they pulled no closer.

Glenn and Kohr both finished with two hits for Union/Cove, which had just five of its own in the game.

GU/PC 15, Union/Cove 14

The Ladycats appeared primed for a sweep of the doubleheader before seeing an 11-run lead vanish and settling for a split in an error-filled contest. Both teams had six errors and combined to walk 12 batters.

Union/Cove, playing as the away team in the second game, surged ahead 4-0 on a Kaylin Nowak RBI double, a Kohr RBI single, an error and a sacrifice fly by Kylie Marriott. The team added two runs in the second inning on an error, and then scored five runs in the third on a Glenn two-run double, an RBI double by Nowak, an error and a passed ball.

The Prospectors pulled within 11-4 after RBI singles by Madison McKrola and Hallie Wright and a sacrifice fly by Tiler Voigt, then scored six runs in the fourth on just one hit, taking advantage of two errors, two bases-loaded walks, two passed balls that led to runs and a hit batter with the bases loaded. All the runs were scored with two outs.

Kohr’s RBI single and Taylar Daggett’s two-run single in the fifth gave Union/Cove a 14-10 lead, but home runs by Taylor Allen and Young and a Marissa Smith RBI single for the Prospectors tied the score at 14-14 in the fifth. McKrola hit what ended up being the game-winning RBI double in the sixth.

Nowak, Kohr and Daggett each had two RBIs, and Kohr had a team-best three hits. Glenn allowed 12 runs — though nine were unearned — on eight hits in 5-2/3 innings.

Union/Cove (7-3 overall, 1-1 SD6) travels to Heppner/Ione Friday for a doubleheader.

Tigers’ Saturday games postponed

The La Grande Tigers softball team’s doubleheader against the Ontario Tigers Saturday was postponed due to poor weather and field conditions.

A makeup date has not yet been set.

The Tigers (7-1 overall) travel to Baker/Powder Valley Friday.


Tigers open GOL play with road split

The La Grande Tigers baseball team opened Greater Oregon League play with a road split against the Ontario Tigers, seeing a five-run lead vanish in a 7-6 loss in the opener before rebounding to escape with a 12-10 win in the second game.

Ontario 7, La Grande 6

La Grande was in command in the first game before Ontario scored six unanswered runs — including three in the bottom of the seventh — to steal the win.

A bases-loaded hit batter and an RBI single by Israel Rodriguez brought home two runs for Ontario to tie the score in the seventh, and Trey Trejo won it when he scored on a wild pitch.

La Grande was in control early, taking a 2-1 fourth-inning lead on an error and a Devin Bell RBI single before scoring four times in the fifth for a 6-1 lead. Isaac Zamora hit a two-run single in the fifth, and Brody Kincade and Payton Cooper added run-scoring singles later to extend the margin to five.

Cooper finished with two hits and Zamora had two RBIs to lead La Grande. Zamora pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts and left with the lead, but took a no decision.

La Grande 12, Ontario 10

Kincade went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs, Kyler Malone and Justin Frederick also had three hits apiece, and La Grande again built a sizeable lead, but this time held on for the win.

Zamora added three RBIs and Malone drove in two runs for La Grande, which scored the game’s first five runs and took as much as a 12-4 lead in the seventh when Zamora and Kincade hit RBI doubles and an error allowed a third run in the frame.

Ontario scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh, getting within two on a Nick Esplin RBI single, but Wyatt Earp got a strikeout to end the game.

A Zamora sacrifice fly, a two-run double by Malone and a run scoring on an error gave La Grande a 5-0 lead in the third inning. Kincade, who also had a first-inning RBI single, hit a two-run single in the fourth, and both Frederick and Zamora drove in runs in the fifth for a 9-3 advantage.

Parker Robinson pitched 4-2/3 innings, allowing for unearned runs on two hits with five walks and three strikeouts for the win. Eight of the 10 runs allowed by La Grande were unearned.

The Tigers (5-6 overall, 1-1 GOL) are slated to host Pendleton Tuesday, but the forecasted weather could cancel that matchup.

Eagles open district play with road sweep

The Wallowa Valley Eagles baseball team opened Special District 5 action with a sweep of Burns/Crane on the road Friday, winning 4-1 and 8-6.

Wallowa Valley 4, Burns/Crane 1

Both Gus and Zeb Ramsden had two hits, and Zeb Ramsden had two RBIs to lead the Eagles. Gage McKay added an RBI single in the second inning for Wallowa Valley.

Coy Aschenbrenner allowed just one run on one hit in four innings with three walks and a strikeout for the win, and Trace Evans struck out three batters in three innings for the save.

Wallowa Valley 8, Burns/Crane 6

Gus Ramsden had two hits, two runs and two RBIs, Evans pitched six solid innings, and the Eagles withstood a late rally by Burns/Crane.

Ramsden drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning between RBI singles by Kaden McClure and Zeb Ramsden to help break a 1-1 tie.

David Salim added a two-run double and Malachi Roberts added an RBI groundout, both in the seventh.

Evans surrendered one run on four hits, walked one and struck out five. Burns/Crane scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Eagles held on.

Wallowa Valley (6-1 overall, 2-0 SD5) hosts Vale Friday.

Bobcats earn first sweep in four years

The Union/Cove Bobcats baseball team recorded a doubleheader sweep of the Nyssa Bulldogs on the road Saturday, winning 13-5 and 14-8.

It was the first doubleheader sweep for the Bobcats since April 2015 when they swept Wallowa.

Union/Cove 13, Nyssa 5

Gannon Carreiro struck out four batters and allowed two runs in four innings to get the win. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate. D.J. Coon, meanwhile, was 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs, and Landon Moore went 2-for-4.

Union/Cove 14, Nyssa 8

Keegan Glenn doubled and homered for the Bobcats and also struck out eight batters and allowed three earned runs in four innings to earn the win on the mound. Anthony Goodwater and Cole McLean each added RBI doubles in the win.

Union/Cove (2-2 overall) travels to Weston-McEwen Tuesday.