Observer staff

The La Grande Tigers softball team turned in a beatdown of epic proportions on rival Baker Friday, sweeping a doubleheader, 21-0 and 23-0. The onslaught featured a no-hitter by Allie Brock and Sophie Bell in the opening game.

La Grande 21, Baker 0

Brock struck out five Bulldog batters in two innings, and Bell fanned two more in three frames, while the Tigers piled up 21 hits to roll past the hapless Bulldogs.

Jayde Wiggins went 4-for-5 with five RBIs. Jayce Seavert and Kinzy Bowen each had three hits, with Seavert driving in four runs and hitting a home run. Kara Gooderham and Jaiden Hafer both added three RBIs, and three players — Gooderham, Jacie Howton and Bowen — scored three runs each.

The Tigers scored in each of the five innings, taking a 7-0 lead through two frames before posting nine runs in the third to turn the game into a laugher. Wiggins and Seavert both hit two run singles in the frame, Hafer and Lexee Gomes each added RBI singles, and Gooderham capped the inning with a three-run double. Seavert added a solo home run in the fourth.

La Grande 23, Baker 0

The nightcap Friday saw the Tigers post 23 hits, including three home runs, as they finished off the easy sweep.

Bell, Hafer and Grace Neer each went deep for the Tigers. Hafer hit a two-run shot during an eight-run fourth, and Bell’s two-run blast and Neer’s three-run homer highlighted a seven-run fifth.

Alaina Carson had four hits and scored five runs to lead La Grande, and Seavert, Howton, Hafer and Felicity Houston had three hits apiece. Seavert also had a team-best six RBIs, and both Brock and Neer drove in three runs. Gooderham, Hafer and Houston also scored three runs each.

La Grande (9-1 overall, 2-0 GOL) travels to Ontario Tuesday to make up a previously rained-out doubleheader.

Outlaws swept by Vale at home

The Enterprise Outlaws softball team suffered a doubleheader sweep at home in Special District 2 play Friday, losing to Vale 11-5 and 22-19.

Vale 11, Enterprise 5

The Outlaws had just five hits — two from Liz Rowley — in the opening game Friday. Rowley finished with a double and a team-best three RBIs in the contest.

Lexie Gassett, who took the loss, gave up eight runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5-1/3 innings. Six of the runs, however, were unearned as the Outlaws committed four errors.

Vale 22, Enterprise 19

Despite a career day at the plate by Rylin Kirkland, the Outlaws fell short in a shootout.

The contest was Enterprise’s second this year, third in two years and seventh in five years in which the two teams combined to score 30 or more runs.

Kirkland couldn’t miss at the plate, going 6-for-6 with two home runs, two doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored. Claire Farwell also homered and drove in five runs and Aisya Salim had three hits and drove in three runs. Rowley also had three hits, and as a team, the Outlaws finished with 17 hits. Gassett and Samantha McFarland also finished with three runs apiece.

Enterprise again hurt itself with four errors, which resulted in 10 unearned runs between three pitchers.

The Outlaws (5-4 overall, 2-2 SD2) travel to Irrigon Saturday.

Ladycats drub Heppner

The Union/Cove Ladycats softball team twirled a pair of shutouts to sweep Heppner in Special District 6 play Friday in Heppner, 11-0 and 5-0.

Union/Cove 11, Heppner 0

The Ladycats scored all of their runs in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. Harley Creech’s RBI double, Brianna Kohr’s RBI single and Taylar Daggett’s RBI groundout made it 3-0. Union/Cove then hit four straight RBI singles — from Kierra Moore, Natasha Thiesfeld, Callie Glenn and Kaylin Nowak — and a Creech two-run double for a 9-0 edge before Daggett added a two-run single for the final margin.

Glenn, Creech and Kylie Bruce had two hits each, and both Daggett and Creech had three RBIs. Glenn was also dominant in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just two hits, one walk and nine strikeouts in five innings.

Union/Cove 5, Heppner 0

Glenn shut down the Mustangs for the second time, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits in seven innings for the win.

Kohr went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, including an RBI single in the first for a quick 1-0 lead. Three runs in the third on RBI singles by Nowak and Kohr and a Daggett RBI groundout made it 4-0. Autumn Daggett added an RBI single in the fourth.

Union/Cove (9-3 overall, 3-1 SD6) hosts Weston-McEwen Friday.

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