VALE — The Echo Cougars took a brief break from league play sweeping Vale on the road Saturday. Echo held the host school to only three runs in both games, winning the first 16-3 and the second, 17-3.
In Game 1, the Cougars (8-2 overall) erupted in the second to get out to a 9-1 lead. Michelle Weems hit a grand slam over the left-field fence to highlight the inning, and Haili Spurlock added to the total with a two-RBI double.
Echo scored in each of the five innings played after their 10-plus run lead brought the run rule into effect. Four other Cougars brought in runs to help push Echo ahead of a struggling Vale team, which only recorded four hits in the game.
Alyssa Ray earned the win after five full innings of work striking out seven batters and walking only one.
In Game 2, the Cougars again got out to an early lead and were up 11-3 over the Vikings (4-6). The bats continued to fly as six batters helped add runs to the board and seven Cougars scored.
The top of the lineup was the most successful as the No. 2 and 3 hitters led the way. Spurlock went 3-for-4 and Monique Montoya 2-for-3, both with a combined three RBI and seven runs scored. Kendra Hart hit 2-for-4 with two-RBI tripled. Hart was also given the win in the circle after allowing three runs of three hits — including a home run from Isabella Sigrah — striking out five and walking four in five innings.
R H E
EHS 272 41X X — 16 12 2
VHS 100 02X X — 3 4 5
(E) A. Ray. (V) S. Cleaver, S. Thomas (4). W — Ray, L — Cleaver.
HR: M. Weems (E). 2B: A. Putman, H. Spurlock 2, A. Weems (E); S. Cleaver (V).
R H E
EHS 452 06X X — 17 9 1
VHS 201 00X X — 3 3 2
(E) K. Hart. (V) Sy. Thomas, Sa. Thomas (2). W — Hart, L — Sy. Thomas.
HR: I. Sigrah (V). 3B: K. Hart (E). 2B: M. Montoya, H. Spurlock (E); H. Radloff (V).
HEPPNER 15-10, PILOT ROCK 0-0 — In Heppner both the Mustangs’ and Pilot Rock’s streaks continued as they get into the bulk of their 2A/1A Special District 6 play.
For the Rockets, the sweep added to their win streak which has now reached double digits with 12 straight wins. The 15-0 win in Game 1 and 10-0 victory in Game 2 pushed Heppner’s losing skid to six consecutive games.
The Mustangs (5-7 overall, 0-4 SD6) were able to finally get their bats going in the second game putting six hits on the board, but it wasn’t enough to match Pilot Rock’s aggressiveness on offense. The Rockets (12-1, 4-0) recorded 19 hits on the day powered by Kayla Deist, who went 6-for-6 at the plate.
STANFIELD 13-22, NYSSA 1-10 — In Nyssa, Stanfield dominated in its second league doubleheader.
The Tigers took Game 1, 13-1, and then Game 2, 22-10.
In the first outing, Stanfield got out to a 6-0 lead after the opening inning. Nyssa was able to respond with a lone run in the second, but it was the Bulldogs only run of the day.
The Tigers (11-4 overall, 5-0 Eastern Oregon League) put up seven more runs, and finished the game in the sixth inning after four runs enforced the 10-run rule.
The near shutout was thanks to the efforts of Brody Woods. While toeing the rubber, he surrendered the one run but struck out a whopping 17 batters. Woods’ efforts on the mound turned into offensive firepower in Game 2.
Woods had a four-hit outing with a single, two home runs and a triple highlighting another 12-run victory.
The second time around, the Bulldogs (1-14, 1-4) were able to keep things close for a while. They matched Stanfield’s seven runs to knot the score after two innings. But then the Tigers broke out in the third behind a two-run homer from Woods and commanded the lead.
Other notable at bats included Justin Keeney, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI; Damien Curial, who also recorded 3 RBI and was 4-for-5 at the plate; and Shayne Keltz, who brought in two runs off three hits.
R H E
SHS 610 114 X — 13 10 1
NHS 010 000 X — 1 3 0
(S) B. Woods. (N) G. Elguezabal, X. Castro (5). W — Woods, L — Elguezabal.
3B: S. Keltz (S). 2B: B. Woods, A. Renner (S).
R H E
SHS 434 524 X — 22 19 4
NHS 250 120 X — 10 8 5
(S) A. Renner, T. Smith (3). (N) E. Cleaver, J. Hernandez (4), A. Trujillo (5), X. Castro (6). W — Smith, L — Cleaver.
HR: B. Woods 2 (S). 3B: B. Woods (S); J. Hernandez (N). 2B: D. Curial 2, L. White, S. Keltz 2 (S); T. Castro
HEPPNER 8, WESTON-MCEWEN 3 — In Heppner, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots couldn’t shake their woes and lost their five consecutive game. The 8-3 victory by the Heppner Mustangs was their first since after a loss capped of the month of March.
It marked the last non-league matchup for both teams.
The Mustangs (5-6 overall) got out to an early 4-0 lead before Weston-McEwen got on the board. In the top of the fourth, the TigerScots (2-9) were able to bring one run in after Tanner Sater hit a grounder that scored Garrett Shell. Weston-McEwen would only bring in two more runs, both singles from Parker Munck and Travis Hendley in the sixth inning.
Heppner was able to extend its lead in the bottom of the fourth going up 8-1 after three singles and a bases-loaded walk.
Beau Wolters and Tyler Carter had some of the best performances at the plate for the Mustangs. Wolters went 2-for-4 and scored twice while Carter was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
R H E
W-M 000 102 0 — 3 3 3
HHS 103 400 X — 8 8 2
(W) W. Philipps, C. Primus (4), P. Munck (6). (H) C. Dougherty, K. Wilkins (6).
PENDLETON 5-5, THE DALLES 1-0 — The Pendleton Buckaroos opened Columbia River Conference play on the road Saturday, and made their trip worth while. They swept The Dalles 5-1, 5-0 behind the bats of six different Bucks.
In Game 1, after trailing 1-0 for most of the game a five-run sixth inning put the Buckaroos (8-6 overall, 2-0 CRC) ahead for good.
Quinn Doherty started the scoring with an RBI single to right field and Justin Duso capped it off with a 2-RBI single up the middle. Duso scored Doherty on the hit, and Brett Swanson was able to safely reach home on the throw to reach the game-winning score.
After The Dalles’ lone run in the second inning, an RBI double from Dalles Seafalemua, the Riverhawks (3-10, 0-2) were held scoreless thanks to strong defensive play and Ryan Russell’s work on the mound. He was handed the win after six innings of work giving up five hits, the lone run, striking out one and walking four. Chris Large took over in the final inning, allowing no hits and striking out one batter.
In Game 2, three pitchers combined for the shutout with Daniel Naughton earning the win after three innings of work. Naughton allowed only one hit struck out four and walked one. Large took the mound again for one inning, and Matt Demeaned closed out the game also allowing a lone hit while striking out five and walking one.
Leading the offense was Shaw Jerome, who went 1-for-2 with one RBI.
After Nick Bower started the scoring in the fourth inning with an RBI single, three other Bucks helped bring in runs before Jerome capped it off in the sixth.
R H E
PHS 000 005 0 — 5 7 0
TDHS 010 000 0 — 1 5 1
(P) R. Russell, C. Large (7). (TD) J. Wetmore, Z. Anderson (5). W — Russell, L — Anderson.
2B: T. Chichester 2 (P); D. Seafalemua (TD).
R H E
PHS 000 122 0 — 5 4 2
TDHS 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
(P) D. Naughton, C. Large (4), M. Demianew (5). (TD) J. Gonzalez. W — Naughton, L — Gonzalez.
3B: C. Sandford (P). 2B: S. Jerome (P).
PILOT ROCK 12-13, UNION 0-3 — At Union, Pilot Rock improved its win streak to three consecutive games after sweeping the Bobcats in Saturday’s doubleheader.
In Game 1, two pitches combined for a shutout. Levi Thieme was given the win. He allowed only one hit and no runs over four innings of work while striking out eight and walking zero. Logan Weinke came in for one inning of relief to close out the 12-0 win.
Thieme also led the team offensively, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and scoring three times. He was the only batter to record extra base hits with a double and a triple in the game. Four other Rockets — Logan Weinke, Chris Weinke, Bryson Pierce and Ty Dick — also recorded two RBI each.
In second game, the Rockets (8-2 overall, 3-1 Special District 6) scored at least one run in every inning. Leading the way was Thieme, who went 2-for-3 from the plate. Logan Weinke and Ben Combs combined for five RBIs and Chris Weinke scored three times in the 13-3 victory.
The Bobcats (1-8, 1-3) struggled defensively, committing 10 errors through both games and after their scoring stopped in the
R H E
PRHS 071 22X X — 12 12 2
UHS 000 00X X — 0 1 4
(P) L. Thieme, L. Weinke (5). (U) L. Moore, J. Danfurth (3).
3B: L. Thieme (P). 2B: L. Thieme (P).
R H E
PRHS 214 123 X — 13 7 2
UHS 101 100 X — 3 4 6
(P) C. Weinke, B. Pierce (4). (U) K. Glenn, D. Coon (3).
2B: C. Weinke (P); K Glenn (U).
Track and field
EUGENE — In Day 2 of the Oregon Relays, Hermiston was led by the girls 4x100-meter relay team and senior hurdler Tyler Rohrman.
The 4x100 team — made up of Scout Reagan, Madison Wilson, MaKaylee Young and Elsa Torres — finished third in a field of 32. The Bulldogs clocked 50 seconds flat, and were just 0.37 seconds behind first-place Mountain View (ID).
After finishing third (14.98) in his heat in the 110-meter hurdles, Rohrman improved on his time to finish fourth overall in 14.81.
In the middle distance events, Isaac Sanchez placed 13th in the 800-meters with a time of 1:58.30 and in the longer races, Amanda Nygard finished 11th (10:58.88) in the freshman 3,000-meter race.
The Bulldogs had two top-15 finishers in the boys and girls javelin throw. Eric White claimed 15th place after recording a throw of 45.61 meters and Jazlyn Romero rounded out the top 10 with her best of 35.64 meters.
OREGON CITY — On Saturday, the Pendleton track and field team competed at the The Willamette Falls Invitational in Oregon City. The Buckaroos were joined by 34 other teams at Pioneer Memorial Stadium.
Among the top finishers were Aaron Luke in the boys 100-meter dash. Luke finished fifth in 11.98 seconds. Again on the boys team, Nick Oja-Zdroy rounded out the top five in the 800-meter race. He edged out runners from Aloha and The Dalles to finish in 2:06.15, which is a new season best for the senior. Mathias Patrick earned a fourth place finish in the 110-meter hurdles after recording 16.66 and in the 300-meter hurdles, Lane Maher ran a new personal best to finish second (42.15).
After Jaiden Lemberger finished fourth (17.36) in the girls 100-meter hurdles, she placed fifth (16-00.00) in the long jump to highlight the top finishers.
Also on the girls team, Hunter Kiele recorded a new personal best in the discus throw, 103-11.50, to finish sixth.
LA GRANDE — The Mac-Hi track and field team joined a field of 10 other schools in La Grande on Saturday. Both the boys and girls teams finished just outside the top five, and claimed sixth place with 35.5 and 54 points, respectively.
On the boys team, some of the top Pioneer finishes included junior sprinters Giovanni Meza and Wyatt Bamford, who finished within 0.01 seconds of each other in the 100-meter dash. Meza earned a fifth place finish after clocking 12.52 and Bamford placed sixth in 12.53.
Again in the 200-meters, the pair finished side-by-side. Bamford topped Meza by a narrow margin, and finished in eighth place (25.73), while Meza placed seventh (25.77) as the last runner to finish sub-26 seconds.
Mac-Hi had 11 other top-10 finishers, six of whom were competing in various field events. Senior Isael Ibarra and sophomore Tristan Brannan highlighted those efforts in their respective events. Ibarra cleared 10-00.00 in the boys pole vault for fourth place, and Brannan matched that finish in the discus throw after he recorded 109-06.
For the girls, senior Brianna Hernandez had a top-three performance in the 400-meter dash. Hernandez finished third (1:06.20), nearly one second ahead of the rest of her competition. Sophomore Natalia Ruiz placed fourth and fifth in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, respectively. Her time of 21.96 in the 100-meter hurdles was a new personal record, and in the 300-meter hurdles, she finished just ahead of fellow Pioneer Lilee Roggow in 1:04.04.
Mac-Hi’s lone first-place finish came from Bianca Garcia in the javelin throw when she recorded 121-03 to distance herself from the field.
1. La Grande, 285.75; 2. Baker, 90.75; 3. Enterprise, 74; 4. Elgin, 54.75; 5. Joseph, 39.5; 6. Mac-Hi, 35.5; 7. Cove, 32; 8. Powder Valley, 28.75; 9. Imbler, 15; 10. Pine Eagle, 5.
1. La Grande, 179; 2. Baker, 114; 3. Enterprise, 80; 4. Cove, 62; 5. Joseph, 59; 6. Mac-Hi, 54; 7. Elgin, 40; 8. Powder Valley, 22; T-9. Imbler, 10; T-9. Pine Eagle, 10.
HERMISTON — Hermiston wrapped up its busy week of play by hosting Eisenhower (WA) on Saturday.
The girls team won 6-2 behind big wins from both the No. 1 singles player and No. 1 doubles pair.
“(It was a) great match by the girls today,” head coach Jason Sivey said. “I’m very proud of the improvements we are showing and success that is coming along with it.”
In singles, Mackenzie Hill — the No. 1 Bulldog — defeated Jayme Fisher, 6-1, 6-0, and Adriann Stewart and Olivia Thomas both followed with wins against their respective opponents.
Lindsay McAllister dropped her singles match to Sara Gonzalas, 6-2, 7-5.
“The two losses were also hard fought battles that could have done either way,” Sivey said. “The freshman duo of (Violet) Mitchell and (Ashlyn) Hofbauer are showing big improvements (and) as a team we are coming out more constantly in the right mindset and showing a higher level of confidence in our play.”
The only other loss for Hermiston came in doubles when Emery Snyder and Katie Bradshaw fell, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). But the No. 1, 3 and 4 duos all came out victorious allowing, at most, only four set points from the Eisenhower matchups.
Reed Middleton and Breena Wadekamper led the way with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Dayja Sanchez and Eyleen Hurtado. Alyssa Perkins and Breckyn Mecham won their match, 6-3, 6-1, and the freshman pair took their match 6-4, 6-1.
On the boys side, the Bulldogs were close to their first sweep of the season and finished 7-1 over Eisenhower.
“All the guys showed up to play and compete,” head coach Shann West said. “We changed our roster a little bit and we might have found out strongest lineup.”
At No. 2 doubles, Trent Pitney and Matt Ekhardt were paired together and won their match 6-1, 6-2. The unchanged No. 1 duo of Patrick Wicks and Thomas McCullough mirrored that score to also win 6-2, 6-1.
Max Spencer and Miguel Salvador moved to the No. 3 spot on Saturday and handily won their match, 6-0, 6-2.
Hermiston’s Ivan Zepeda and Eli Munez competed the doubles sweep with a 6-2, 6-0 win against their opponents.
But the highlight of the day, West said, was in singles.
“All of my singles guys played the best tennis I have seen them play,” he said.
The only loss came from No. 3 singles player Austin Garcia, who fell to his opponent, 5-7, 6-4 (10-6). But after stepping out of doubles play and taking the court solo, West was happy with the grit Garcia showed.
“I was proud to see him put up a fight and (I) really feel like he got better,” West said.
Jason Morris, at the No. 1 spot, won his match, 3-6, 6-4 (10-8), and both Hayden Cissna (7-5, 6-2) and Jaiden Ruloph (6-1, 6-0) picked up wins.
Mackenzie Hill (HHS) def. Jayme Fisher (EHS), 6-1, 6-0
Sara Gonzalas (EHS) def. Lindsay McAllister (HHS), 6-2, 7-5
Adriann Stewart (HHS) def. Kylee Lombness (EHS), 6-0, 6-0
Olivia Thomas (HHS) def. Lucia Cuevas-Ramos (EHS), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
Middleton/Wadekamper (HHS) def. Sanchez/Hurtado (EHS), 6-0, 6-1
Perkins/Mecham (HHS) def. Ayagon-Ramirez/Garcia (EHS), 6-3, 6-1
Aznar/Sanchez (EHS) def. Snyder/Bradshaw (HHS), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
Mitchell/Hofbauer (HHS) def. Notnnick/Sedano (EHS), 6-4, 6-1