Most of the players at the La Grande Invitational Tuesday felt they could have done better, whether it was due to the course at La Grande Country Club still being wet from the rain that delayed the tournament a week or just an off day.
“It was a bit of a rough day,” La Grande girls Head Coach Cally Goss said after her Tigers took second overall with a score of 433. “They’ve had better rounds.… But that’s golf.”
Morgan Tussey shot a team-best 98 and was third overall to lead the Tigers.
She agreed with her coach in calling the day a challenge, but also said her play could have been improved.
“The course was pretty wet still, (but) I could have done a lot better,” she said.
Tussey said her putting was what kept her score down. That included draining a 15-footer on her final hole that had her leaping for joy as it guaranteed she’d stay in double digits.
“I knew I was right on the edge of 100,” she said of her reaction to draining the putt. “Putting was good today. I really saved a lot of strokes.”
Tussey edged teammate Katie Williams for top team honors, as Williams finished with a score of 104. Baylee McNeil added a score of 115, and Tori Bowen had a 116.
Goss said one of the challenges the wet course provided was that players wouldn’t get the normal roll on a shot — sometimes, she said, 20-30 yards’ worth — making the course play longer.
“I saw balls just stop,” Goss said. “You don’t get the distance you normally would. It makes it harder.”
Wallowa/Joseph’s Tori Suto, who was second with a score of 81, didn’t use the wet conditions as an excuse for what was a high score for her as she’s been in the 70s most of the season. In fact, she said the course was in good shape.
“I was in a funk,” she said. “I didn’t play bad, I just missed shots.”
Suto finished five shots behind individual winner Megan George of Pendleton, who shot a 4-over 76.
La Grande returns to the course Monday at Baker, while Wallowa/Joseph travels to Grant Union Friday.
Tiger boys win at Mac-Hi Invite
Cruz Gallegos shot a round of 69 on a par-60 course to earn the top spot individually and lead the La Grande Tigers boys golf team to victory at the McLoughlin Invitational Tuesday in Milton-Freewater.
The rest of the Tigers shot in the 80s: Tristen Shepherd carded an 81, Bradon McCall an 83, Braden Bell an 84, and Anton Evans an 89. Shepherd’s score tied him for third, and McCall finished in fifth.
“A couple kids didn’t play as good as they wanted, but that’s golf,” Head Coach Ron Evans said. “Overall as a team I’m happy with all of them.”
The LHS boys are back in action Friday when they host the La Grande Invitational.
LHS tennis struggles with Bulldogs
The La Grande Tigers tennis team had a tough afternoon in its home match against rival the Baker Bulldogs Monday, winning just five of the 18 contests at La Grande High School.
The boys team went 3-6 on the day, with the wins coming in No. 4 singles where Ashton Morwood edged James Hayes, 8-7 (7-3), and in No. 4 and No. 5 doubles. There, Colm Cahill and Adam Remily earned an 8-3 victory, and Cayson Forsberg and Mason Mellinger picked up an 8-2 win.
The top three in both singles and doubles, though, all lost in straight sets. Forsberg dropped a 6-4, 6-3 match to Zach Schwin, Cahill lost to Shane Cunningham, 6-1, 6-0, and Remily dropped a 6-1, 6-1 match to Alex Davila.
In doubles, James Thurman and Scott Remily lost to Luke Barnes and Issac Nemec, 6-1, 6-2, Mellinger and Gabe Blackman dropped a 6-4, 6-1 match to Eli Lien and Anthony Cowan, and Devin Ingram and Caden Johnson fell, 6-3, 6-3.
The LHS girls finished 2-7, with Katelin Banes earning a 6-0 win over Corrina Stadler in No. 5 singles and Maylen Tommy and Brenna Bushman posting a 6-5 victory in No. 4 doubles.
But the Tigers won just one game in the other four singles matches. Tommy fell to Hannah Johnson, 6-0, 6-0; Rebecca Conklin dropped her match to Gabbie Trebilcock, 6-0, 6-0; Bushman lost to Andrea Pettit, 6-0, 6-1; and Emily Wilson fell in a one-set match to Cassie Pettit, 6-0.
On the doubles side, Brittany Robles and Maritza Villagomez were defeated by Emma Finley and Kaylee Dalke, 6-2, 6-0; Banes and Lindsay Shaul suffered a setback against Lupita Macias and Naomi Woodward, 6-0, 6-0; and Isabelle Hadley and Celeste Villagomez lost, 6-0, 6-1.
“(We) still have a ways to go, but (I) appreciate their effort levels and how coachable each kid is,” Head Coach Mark Carollo said.
The Tigers continue a busy week today when they host Ontario and Thursday when they host McLoughlin.
La Grande softball rolls to dominant sweep
The La Grande Tigers softball team posted two more 20-run performances in Greater Oregon League play, trouncing Ontario on the road Tuesday, 20-1 and 22-0.
“Offensively our bats were working top to bottom,” Head Coach Woody Wright said. “We had good pitch selection at the plate and put the ball in play and made things happen. (It was) our best outing offensively by far.”
La Grande 20, Ontario 1
Alaina Carson and Jayce Seavert both drove in five runs as La Grande pounded out 21 hits to bury
La Grande broke the game wide open with a 10-run fourth inning. Seavert and Lexee Gomes hit two-run singles around an Allie Brock RBI single, and Carson hit a three-run double for a 14-1 lead. Seavert added another RBI single and Brock hit an RBI double for a 16-1 margin.
Seavert, who went 4-for-5 and also scored three runs, hit a two-run home run as part of a three-run second inning for an early 5-0 lead.
Carson, Gomes and Grace Neer each added three hits. Gomes had three RBIs, and Carson and Neer scored three times. Seven players for La Grande had at least two hits, and eight players scored at least twice.
Brock struck out 11 batters and allowed one unearned run on two hits in four innings.
La Grande 22, Ontario 0
Kara Gooderham, Jacie Howton and Jaiden Hafer sparked the offense as
La Grande again piled on late — scoring 17 runs in the fourth and fifth innings — for the sweep.
Gooderham and Howton both had four hits, and Hafer had four RBIs and added a three-run home run during a 10-run fourth.
An error and a Brock sacrifice fly before Hafer’s home run gave La Grande a 10-0 lead in the fourth. Gomes, Carson and Gooderham followed with RBI singles, and Seavert capped the frame with a two-run single.
Gomes, Felicity Houston and Hafer each hit RBI singles, Brock doubled home a run, and Gooderham had an RBI groundout during the fifth. Gooderham also had a first-inning RBI triple, and Howton added a third-inning two-run double.
Brock and Neer combined to throw a one-hitter, Brock with four hitless innings and 10 strikeouts and Neer with four strikeouts in the fifth.
La Grande (11-1 overall, 4-0 GOL) hosts McLoughlin in a doubleheader moved to Thursday.
Wallowa Valley baseball edged by defending champions
The Wallowa Valley Eagles baseball team hung with the defending 3A state champion La Pine Hawks, but dropped both games of a nonleague doubleheader on the road Tuesday, 4-3 and 5-4.
La Pine 4, Wallowa Valley 3
The Eagles scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to pull even with La Pine, but the Hawks scored a late run to secure a win in the opener.
Wallowa Valley took an early 1-0 lead on a Chris Nobles RBI single, then fell behind 3-1 until Malachi Roberts and Flynn Nave hit RBI singles in the sixth to even the score.
Roberts, Nave and Nobles each had two hits for Wallowa Valley. Coy Aschenbrenner pitched 5-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
La Pine 5, Wallowa Valley 4
The Hawks scored the game’s first five runs and held on late despite a Wallowa Valley rally.
Chase Homan hit a two-run double in the sixth to get the Eagles on the board, and Roberts hit a two-run single in the top of the seventh to pull the Eagles within one, but they couldn’t get the tying run.
Roberts had two hits, and Gus Ramsden allowed three runs on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in two innings of work to take the loss.
The Eagles (7-4 overall) return to Special District 5 play Saturday at Irrigon.