ATHENA — When the Weston-McEwen TigerScots and Pilot Rock Rockets originally met on the softball field on Mar. 25, the Rockets appeared to be on their way to a big non-league win.
The Rockets held an 18-2 lead in the second inning, but then a big rain storm came through Eastern Oregon halted play and effectively put the game on hold. The two teams were able to pick up where they left off on Thursday and finish the game on Thursday and Pilot Rock prevailed with a 24-10 victory.
TigerScots (5-4) coach Jeff Griggs said he knew it was unlikely his team could come back to get a win on Thursday, but it didn’t stop his girls from giving 100 percent effort.
“We told the kids to just win the day,” Griggs said, “And they did not only that we outhit them too. We were able to refocus and get some good things done on the field. There was a lot of pride in our girls, it would have been easy just to forfeit but the girls wanted to give (Pilot Rock) a run and play them.”
There were a combined 11 errors between the two teams, leading to just 2 of the 34 total runs being earned in the game. Weston-McEwen’s offense came alive in the fourth as it batted around and put up eight runs, helping the TigerScots outscore the Rockets 8-6 on Thursday.
Rhyanne Oates and Rachel Walker were Pilot Rock’s (12-2) leading hitters with two hits apiece, while Bailey Hillmick, Sydney Peal and Amie Coffman all had two hits for Weston-McEwen.
Weston-McEwen will host Riverside on Saturday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Pilot Rock will travel to Union for a doubleheader Saturday at 10 a.m.
R H E
W-M 200 80 — 10 9 8
PR 9(14)0 1X — 24 7 3
(W-M) B. Hillmick, J. Lambert (2). (PR) T. Ostrom. WP — T. Ostrom, LP — B. Hillmick.
2B — T. Ostrom, R. Walker, Aguilar (PR). 3B — B. Hillmick (W-M).
(GIRLS) HERMISTON 8, THE DALLES 0 — At The Dalles, the Hermiston girls tennis team gave a dominant performance on the court as it thrashed The Dalles 8-0 on Thursday afternoon.
“The girls definitely came out with a lot more fire today,” Hermiston coach Jason Sivey said.
Sivey highlighted his No. 1 doubles team of Jaycee Ternes and Katelyn Millard as one of the standout matches. The duo faced The Dalles usual top two singles players in the match and started slow, losing the first set 6-3. But Ternes and Millard then found their rhythm and roared back to win the second set 6-4 and the tiebreak 10-4.
In singles, The Dalles gave a run at No. 4 player Breckyn Mecham as Mecham pulled out a 7-5 win in the first set before she settle in and won 6-0 in the second set to get the win.
Hermiston travels to Bend today for a tournament at Noon.
Mackenzie Hill (H) def. Jocelyn H. 6-1, 6-0
Lindsay McAllister (H) def. Yahaira A. 6-3, 6-1
Adriann Stewart (H) def. Lupita C. 6-0, 6-2
Breckyn Mecham (H) def. Natalie V. 7-5, 6-0
Jaycee Ternes/Katelyn Millard (H) def. Robin P./Kiana P. 3-6, 6-4, 10-4
Reed Middleton/Breena Wadekamper (H) def. Ellie T./Abby M. 6-1, 6-2
Paola Sanchez/Keali Hamilton (H) def. Maggie C./Cassie V. 1-6, 6-2, 10-6
Alyssa Perkins/Olivia Thomas (H) def. Jessica V./Lizbet L. 6-1, 6-0
LA GRANDE 10, MAC-HI 2 — At Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers hosted their final home match of the season and fell short against La Grande as the girls tied 2-2 and the boys lost 8-0 on Thursday afternoon.
“The boys played a tough team and even though they didn’t win a match, I was very pleased to have faced a tough opponent,” Mac-Hi coach Danny Sanchez said “It will help us prepare going into district tournament.”
The Mac-Hi girls were dominant in their two doubles matches on Thursday, as Emily Cuellar and Janelle Martinez won 6-0, 6-3 and Jennifer Robles and Joci Alvarez won easily 6-0, 6-1.
“Our girls doubles are getting better with each match,” Sanchez said. “Hopefully they continue to improve.”
Mac-Hi will travel to Umatilla on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match.
Jenny Schiller (L) def. Karina Saldana 6-2, 6-2
Argana Butler (L) def. Cierra Werhan 6-4, 6-4
Emily Cuellar/Janelle Martinez (M) def. Faith Aker/Lindsay Akins 6-0, 6-3
Jennifer Robles/Joci Alvarez (M) def. Ines Gomes/Fiona Borcherting 6-0, 6-1
Simon Guessler (L) def. Ian Miller 6-0, 6-2
Luis Gonzalez (L) def. Bryan Abrego 6-1, 6-0
Otabeck Saltakuh (L) def. Juan Alcantar 6-2, 6-2
Vidar Haesstad (L) def. Christian Contreras 8-2
Wisdom/Ebel (L) def. Humberto Villagomez/Juan Villegas 6-2, 6-1
Siltanen/Schiller (L) def. Connor Humbert/Brandyn Chaney 6-1, 7-6
Mantelle/Mussato (L) def. Jorge Alvarez/Esgar Parra 6-1, 6-2
Cutler/Free (L) def. Spencer Wells/Dylan Quist 8-1
WESTON-MCEWEN 10, IONE 5 — At Ione, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots went on the road and came home with a victory, as the girls team beat Ione 6-3 and the boys team won 4-2 on Thursday afternoon.
In girls action, the TigerScots and Cardinals split the singles matches 2-2 and then Weston-McEwen gained the advantage with a 4-1 haul in the doubles matches. The top doubles match of Mary Bagdon and Christina Swafford started off with a thrilling 9-7 win over Katelyn Bass and Maia Fuchs which gave the team some momentum.
On the boys side, Ione’s only two victories came at No. 1 singles when Bryan Fowler beat Ryan Schmidtgall 8-4 and at No. 3 doubles when Daniel Eubanks and Jared Snyder breezed past Cade Bryan and Caleb Mann 6-1.
Weston-McEwen will host Helix on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Ione will host Riverside on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Johanna Albert (W) def. Yaniva Garcia 8-5
Babali Peterson (I) def. Emmaline Irvine 9-7
Krysta Calvert (W) def. Reiah Waite 6-4
Payton Miller (I) def. Tenley Anderson 6-0
Bagdon/Swafford (W) def. Bass/Fuchs 9-7
McIntyre/Ford (W) def. Peterson/Doherty 6-0
Olson/Davis (W) def. Flynn/Staedlin 6-2
Hall/Jewett (I) def. Phillips/Thompson 5-3
Olson/Phillips (W) def. Gilbert/Cavan 6-1
Bryan Fowler (I) def. Ryan Schmidtgall 8-4
Kellen Fairchild (W) def. Colton Hollis 6-2
Marcelino Barrera (W) def. Kane Sweeney 6-0
Shafer/Froese (W) def. Hollis/Fowler 9-7
Davison/Papineau (W) def. Gould/Sweeney 6-3
Eubanks/Snyder (I) def. Bryan/Mann 6-1
BAKER 16-12, MAC-HI 14-2 — At Baker City, the Mac-Hi Pioneers losing skid hit seven games as the Baker Bulldogs pulled out a pair of wins 16-14 and 12-2 on Thursday afternoon.
Game 1 was a heartbreaking loss for the Pioneers (3-10, 0-6 GOL), as they led the Bulldogs 14-9 and pounded out 18 hits as the two teams started the bottom of the sixth inning. But Baker stormed back with seven runs in the inning to take a 16-14 lead and didn’t look back from there.
In Game 2, Mac-Hi scored its only runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI triple by Jesus Vela and an RBI double by Devon Cothey. Vela finished the day with a team-best four hits, with two runs scored and five RBI.
Game 1 R H E
MHS 216 140 0 — 14 18 2
BHS 052 117 X — 16 17 3
(MHS) J. Jones, J. Vela (6), D. Stephens (6). (BHS) T. Dunn, D. Linscott (3), J. Mazzagotte (6). WP — J. Mazzagotte, LP — J. Vela.
2B — R. Esparza, J. Vela, D. Stephens (MHS); L. Ham, R. Schwin, S. McCauley (BHS).
3B — M. Plumley, L. Ham, D. Linscott (BHS).
HR — M. Plumley (BHS).
Game 2 R H E
MHS 200 00 — 2 5 2
BHS 216 21 — 12 16 0
(MHS) J. Vela, K. Smith (3). (BHS) M. Bennett, S. McCauley (2). WP — S. McCauley, LP — J. Vela.
2B — D. Cothey (MHS); T. Joseph, S. Bootsma, M. Plumley, D. Linscott 2 (BHS).
3B — M. Plumley, S. Dixon.