Observer staff

The Enterprise Outlaws softball team took care of the hapless Umatilla Vikings in a Special District 2 road doubleheader Friday, winning the opening game 20-1 and the nightcap 24-3 behind a 10-RBI day from Rylin Kirkland.

Kirkland went 3-for-4 with five RBIs in the opener. Liz Rowley added three hits, scored three runs and drove in three runs, and Samantha McFarland also collected three RBIs. Claire Farwell, who walked three times, scored four runs, and Lexie Gassett, who also earned three walks, scored three times. In all, Enterprise was walked 11 times in the opener.

Gassett also limited Umatilla to just one unearned run on two hits in five innings, and she struck out five batters.

Kirkland had a similar stat line in the second game, again tallying three hits and driving in five runs. Aisya Salim homered, drove in four runs and scored three runs, McFarland went a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs, and Rowley scored four times.

Enterprise took advantage of 21 walks by Umatilla pitchers, with Farwell walking fives times and Jessie Teeney, who also scored three runs, collecting three free passes.

Gassett gave up three unearned runs on three hits, walked two and struck out three in five innings.

The Outlaws (11-6 overall, 8-2 SD2) host Union/Cove in a nonleague matchup Tuesday.

Ladycats diffuse Rockets

The Union/Cove Ladycats softball team collected identical 12-2 road wins over the Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii Rockets in Special District 6
action Friday.

Brianna Kohr had a big day at the plate in the sweep. Between the two contests, the junior went 6-for-7 — collecting three hits in each game — and added five RBIs.

She was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the opener. Callie Glenn, who pitched a complete game for the win, put Union/Cove on the board in the third inning with an RBI double and later scoring on a Kaylin Nowak RBI single for a 2-1 lead.

The Ladycats broke the game open in the fourth with eight runs, with the key hits RBI singles by Kylie Marriott, Kierra Moore, Kohr and Taylar Daggett, with Daggett’s hit making it 10-1. Kohr capped the scoring in the sixth with an RBI single.

Daggett and Marriott both added two hits, Moore had two runs and two RBIs, and Glenn struck out seven while allowing just three hits in six innings.

In the second game, Union/Cove again used a big inning to take control, this time scoring seven times in the second inning.

Autumn Daggett hit a two-run home run in the second to give the Ladycats a 4-2 lead. Harley Creech followed later with an RBI single, and Kohr added a two-run double. Kohr also had a first-inning RBI double and Taylar Daggett added an RBI single for Union/Cove, which took advantage of errors, wild pitches and passed balls for five additional runs.

Union/Cove (13-5 overall, 7-3 SD6) travels to Enterprise Tuesday.

Tiger tennis sees season end

The La Grande Tigers tennis team saw its season end during the first day of the Special District 4 sub-
district tournament Friday in Nyssa as each of the
Tigers’ singles competitors and doubles teams were eliminated.

In boys singles, all three Tigers — Cayson Forsberg, Colm Cahill and Ashton Morwood — won their first matches before being knocked out. Forsberg opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win before taking a 6-4, 6-2 loss, and Cahill won his first match, 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreaker), 6-3, before losing 6-2, 6-3. Both Forsberg and Cahill lost in the quarterfinals, one match short of a berth into the district tournament. The semifinalists in each bracket advance.

Morwood opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win play-in win, then was knocked out in the first round, 6-1, 6-0.

Two of La Grande’s boys doubles teams also made it to the quarterfinals before falling one match short of a district berth. James Thurman and Scott Remily coasted to a 6-1, 6-0 win in their first match, but then were eliminated after a 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 loss. Nick DuVernay and Kaleb Myer opened with a 6-1, 6-2 win, but were also knocked out in a three-set match, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Mason Mellinger and Gabe Blackman dropped their opening match, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Each of the LHS girls teams or individuals fell in their first round, but the best efforts came on the doubles side. Lindsay Shaul and Katelin Banes dropped a 6-2, 7-6 match, losing the tiebreaker in the second set, 7-4. Mattie Hendrickson and Maylen Tommy fell 6-0, 6-4, and Brittany Robles and Maritza Villagomez took a 6-1, 6-1 loss.

In singles, Brenna Bushman and Rebecca Conklin fell with matching scores, 6-2, 6-1, and Emily Wilson dropped her match, 6-1, 6-2.

Suto takes first,
Enterprise boys
second at Union

Wallowa/Joseph’s Tori Suto shot a 73 and had four birdies — including three on the front nine — to win the Buffalo Peak High School Invitational Friday in Union.

Suto’s score, which was 1-over par, was nearly 20 strokes better than runner-up Tiana Allen of Vale.

On the boys side, Enterprise had a score of 379 to take second, just five strokes behind Burns, which shot 374.

Jacob Amaro carded a 91 to lead the Outlaws, who had their top four scorers shoot in the 90s. Tyler Gray followed with a 94, Boone Harrod had a 96, and Zion Mark carded a 98.

Imbler shot a team score of 412, which was good for fifth. Both Will Coston and Aidan Patton finished with scores of 98. Henry Royes added a 105 and Nick Arnoldus shot 111.

Frank Westerman shot 122 for Wallowa/Joseph, and Willie Gibbs had 138.

The teams are back on the course today and Tuesday at the district golf tournament in Pendleton.

Eagles baseball team routs Umatilla

David Salim led the way with eight RBIs in two games and both Trace Evans and Gus Ramsden threw shutouts as the Wallowa Valley Eagles baseball team swept past Umatilla in a Special District 5 road doubleheader Friday, 11-0 and 17-0.

Salim went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the opener. Zeb Ramsden had three hits and drove in a run, and both Flynn Nave and Chase Homan added two-hit

Evans struck out five batters and allowed just two hits in five innings for the complete game win, which the Eagles broke open with a four-run third inning and a five-run fourth.

In the second game, Wallowa Valley, which already had an early 2-0 lead, put up six runs in the second inning to boost its lead to 8-0. The Eagles added a run in the fourth, then finished the win off in the fifth with eight more runs.

Salim finished with five RBIs in game two. Chris Nobles went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Coy Aschenbrenner had four hits and finished a home run shy of a cycle, and Kaden McClure had three hits. Both McClure and Aschenbrenner had RBIs.

Gus Ramsden struck out nine batters, walked three and allowed two hits in five innings.

Wallowa Valley (12-5 overall, 8-2 SD5) travels to Baker Tuesday.

Prospectors sweep Bobcats

The Union/Cove Bobcats baseball team was swept at home by the Grant Union/Prairie City Prospectors Saturday, 13-1 and 10-0.

Stats were not available.

The Bobcats (4-9 overall, 2-8 Special District 7) host Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii/Ukiah Tuesday.

LHS boys take first at Baker Invitational

The La Grande Tigers boys track and field team will head into next weekend’s Greater Oregon League district meet on a high note, sweeping the relay races and winning six events in all on the way to a dominant victory at the Baker Invitational Friday.

The Tigers’ 158.5 points were nearly double the amount scored by runner-up Baker (81.5 points).

Sajun White, Nick Tsiatsos, Josh Zollman and Hunter Youngblood grabbed the top spot for La Grande in the 4x100 relay in 43.64 seconds. White also ran on the winning 4x400 with Luke Bloodgood, Westin Blake and Eli McLean, with the team finishing in 3:32.00.

On the track, the Tigers added victories from Bennett Welch in the 1,500 (4:12.46) and Nathan Reed in the 300 hurdles (42.35), and in the field, Zach Wiggins won the high jump (6-feet-2) and Tsiatsos claimed first in the long jump (20-feet-8). Tsiatsos, in fact, edged Youngblood for the top spot in the long jump by just one-half inch, with Youngblood finishing at 20-feet-7-1/2. The Tigers also had a second-place finish from Callum Ebel in the 110 hurdles (16.82) and from Jacob Huntsman in the discus (133-feet-2).

Meanwhile the La Grande girls, who scored 69 points for second place behind Baker (84.5 points) were led by a tie for second from Katie Brown in the 100 (13.27), a second-place finish by Abby Crews in the 3,000 (11:59.03), and a third-place showing by Corbyn Sexton in the 3,000 (12:33.41). The 4x400 relay team of Cece Aguilera, Kenzie Williams, Jacki Martini and Rachael Keniry (4:26.06) was also third.

The Joseph Eagles boys took fourth with 49.5 points, posting second-place finishes from Kade Kilgore in the pole vault (11-feet-6), Henry Coughlan in the 3,000 (9:30.13) and Juston Rodgers in the 800 (2:03.33), and a third-place effort from Coughlan in the 1,500 (4:16.03).

The Eagles girls scored 38 points to tie for seventh, getting wins from Ellyse Tingelstad in the 1,500 (5:06.28) and in the 3,000 (11:30.80), and from Ella Coughlan in the 800 (2:22.13), and taking second in the 4x400 as Sabrina Albee, Haley Miller, Coughlan and Tingelstad finished in 4:24.89.

The Cove Leopards girls placed fifth with 52 points. Sophie Pettit won both the 100 (13.27) and the 200 (27.27) and Allie Best won the javelin (119-feet-9). Pettit was also third in the long jump (16-feet-5-3/4) and ran with Rachel Baird, Austin Kendall and Alisa Fox to take third in the 4x100 relay (52.65). Cove’s boys scored 16 points for 13th, with the top mark a win by Tim Stevens in the 800 (1:57.36).

The Elgin Huskies placed sixth on the boys side (42.33 points) and tied for seventh on the girls side (38 points). Tristan Simpson led the EHS boys by taking first in the javelin (163-feet-4), second in the 100 (11.66) and running on both the Huskies’ second-place 4x400 relay team with Wyatt Hallgarth, Geoy Greenlee and Clay Wilhelm (3:34.00), and the third-place 4x100 team with Hallgarth, Greenlee and Jordon Palmer (45.43). Aaliyah Burton led the Elgin girls by taking first in the 300 hurdles (48.87), tying for second in the 100 (13.27) and third in the 100 hurdles (17.20), while Shelby Sannar was second in the javelin (114-feet-3).

The Powder Valley Badgers boys placed ninth with 26 points, taking third in the 4x400 relay as the team Reece Dixon, Roper Bingham Case Olson and Kaden Kreiger, finished in 3:38.00, while the Badger girls scored five points for 17th, with Brooke Allen, Keanna Bingham, Megan Bingham and Sonora Blair placing sixth in the 4x400 relay (4:31.85).

The Union Bobcats boys had 24 points for 11th, and the girls had 25.5 points for 13th. Griffin Nash won the shot put (44-feet-2-1/2) and Jaxon Blackburn took second in the pole vault (11-feet-6) to lead the Union boys, and on the girls side Jaimee Baxter won the 400 (1:00.44) and Abriel O’Reilly placed third in the 1,500 (5:18.66).

The Imbler Panthers scored seven points for 16th on the girls side, and the boys scored five points for 18th. Erin Coston was fourth in the pole vault (7-feet-6) to lead the girls, and Calvin Martin took fourth in the javelin (146-feet-0) to score all the points for the IHS boys.

Up next for each team is their respective district track meets. La Grande hosts the GOL meet Saturday. Cove, Imbler, Elgin, Joseph and Powder Valley head to the 1A Special District 4 meet in Baker Friday, and Union travels to John Day for the 2A Special District 5 meet Friday.

Outlaw girls second, boys third at John Day

The Enterprise Outlaws girls track and field team scored 157.5 points for second at the Grant Union Invitational Friday in John Day, and the boys tallied 124 points for third.

The EHS girls won four events, claiming victories by Shelby Moncrief in the 200 (27.49 seconds), Ashley Wilson in the 800 (2:30.95), Kyla Hook in the 3,000 (11:38.49) and Karli Bedard in the 300 hurdles (51.78). Additionally, Bedard and Savannah Vaughn tied for second in the high jump (4-feet-6), Ashlyn Gray was second in the 100 hurdles (17.93) and the discus (95-feet-7), Hook was second in the 1,500 (5:13.18) and the 4x400 relay team of Vaughn, Charlotte McDonald, Lannie Stonebrink and Wilson came in second (4:22.72).

The boys claimed first in three events, with the 4x100 relay (Shane Lund, Foster Hobbs, Jericho Peters and Garrett Thorne) winning in 45.82. Austin Brockamp, meanwhile, won the 200 (24.00) and Hobbs won the 400 (50.33). Taking second was Thorne in the 100 (11.66), Riley Masters in the shot put (38-feet-6), Joe Robb in the long jump (19-feet-4-1/2) and Colby Harris in the triple jump (39-feet-11).

Enterprise heads back to John Day Friday for the 2A Special District 5 meet.