ECHO — It wasn’t the prettiest season-opener for the Pilot Rock softball team, but in the end it got the result it wanted.
Pilot Rock fought through some unkind weather and a stingy Echo Cougars team to head home with a 8-7 victory on Saturday afternoon. A two-out triple off the bat of Sara Weinke in the top of the sixth scored two and put the Rockets (1-0) on top 8-7 for good.
“We had runners on second and third and I was just hoping for a good single,” Pilot Rock coach Darin Fitzpatrick said. “But she (Weinke) crushed one to straightaway center over the center fielders head.”
Weinke along with Bekah Roe and Rhyanne Oates each had two hits apiece in the game for Pilot Rock, and Jacey Wilson added one hit, two runs and two RBIs. Tehya Ostrom pitched all seven innings for the Rockets, and allowed three hits, seven runs and six walks to go with eight strikeouts.
Echo’s (0-2) big, six-run inning in the third came with mother nature’s help, as Fitzpatrick said the skies opened up and a downpour of rain began, making it tough for Ostrom to control the ball well.
Monique Montoya led the Cougars offense with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a run scored, and Samantha McQuown tallied Echo’s only other hit. Alyssa Ray got the start in the circle, and allowed eight runs, seven hits and four walks over seven innings with eight strikeouts.
Echo next hosts Elgin on Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m., while Pilot Rock will play Scio (11 a.m.) and Gaston (5 p.m.) on Friday in the Pilot Rock Tournament.
R H E
PR 003 302 0 — 8 7 3
EHS 006 100 0 — 7 3 1
(PR) T. Ostrom and R. Oates. (EHS) A. Ray. W — T. Ostrom, L — A. Ray.
3B — S. Weinke (PR).
STANFIELD 13, DESALES (WA) 1 — At Walla Walla, the Stanfield Tigers picked up win No. 1 on the season with a 13-1 victory over DeSales in five innings on Saturday morning.
Stanfield (1-1) piled up 15 hits on the day and six of the nine Tigers had at least two hits on the day. Where Stanfield really excelled was on the mound, where the Tigers allowed just one unearned run, three hits and four walks to go with 11 strikeouts.
It was the first appearances on the mound from Stanfield’s regulars, with Brody Woods getting the start while Dylan Grogan and Tony Flores followed. Woods gave up just one hit in two innings, Grogan gave up one unearned run and one hit and Flores struck out all five batters he faced to end the game.
“The last game we hit well, but pitching is where we struggled,” Stanfield coach Brad Rogers said. “Our goal is to throw 60 percent strikes and today we threw 57 percent strikes and let our defense play more.”
Individual leaders at the plate included Grogan (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Ryan Bailey (1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Hunter Barnes (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI), and Woods (2-for-4, one run, 2 RBI).
Stanfield returns home on Thursday to host Pilot Rock at 4:30 p.m.
R H E
SHS 402 34 — 13 15 2
DHS 001 00 — 1 2 3
(SHS) B. Woods, D. Grogan (3), T. Flores (4) and T. Monkus. (DHS) McCaw, Towes (4).
2B — D. Curiel, R. Bailey, T. Monkus (SHS).