NEWBERG - The Dave's Food Mart ASA team got out to a fast start in the Newberg School Is Out Tournament, winning both of their games Saturday.
The team opened with a 6-2 win over Cascade Alliance, which is made up of players from the Bend area. Then they went on to beat some even more familiar faces in a 9-5 win over the Columbia Storm, comprised of players from west Umatilla and east Morrow counties.
McKayla McKay won the opener and Echo High's Ashley Gregerson beat Irrigon High's Noelle Wright in the night cap. Wright was just a week removed from winning the Class 2A/1A state championship with her Irrigon Knights.
"It's a great experience for the younger players tht are moving up,"?assistant coach Amo Estrada said of the tournament.
Estrada is the head coach at Echo and said Gregerson should learn a lot this summer.
"This is different type of competition than she is used to seeing,"?he said.
Gregerson probably hasn't faced too many college players, but did Saturday in Columbia's Courtney Hancock, who recently finished her first season playing for Blue Mountain Communnity College.
Estrada said they had a clear game plan for the slugger and pitched her inside the whole game. Hancock noticed the strategy, eventually shooting a smile to the Dave's Steve Cary, who was calling in the signs.
The Dave's hitters were able to connect for some power against Wright. Steffane Oles hit a double and a home run and Stephanie Breshears hit a triple.
Oles was 2 for 3 against Columbia and scored five runs on the day. McKay was 3-3 with three runs against Columbia and newcomer Riley Jones was 2-3 with three RBI.
Jones is playing her summer ball with Dave's while her family tries to decide whether or not to settle in the Pendleton area.
Dave's Food Mart will continue tournament play today at 3 p.m. in the semifinals.
HERMISTON?13-7, STANFIELD?8-1 - In Stanfield, the Hermiston offense could not be stopped Saturday as the Heat racked up 22 hits and 20 runs in the doubleheader win.
Brad Morton sent a shot over the wall for two runs Game 1 that put the Heat up for good and Taylor Hood and Mitch Boylan added doules.
Stanfield actually led 4-1 going into the third inning, but the Heat took the lead with four runs in the frame, then added four more in the fifth to seal the win.
Tate Gabriel got the win in relief of Tyler Schwirse.
Trey Blevins recorded three hits in the game for Stanfield.
Hermiston didn't wait for Stanfield in Game 2, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after to and coasting to victory.
Brad Morton held Stanfield to three hits, stiking out 11 to win the complete-game battle with Devin Bailey.
Morton and Travis Bratton each hit doubles in the game and Mitch Boyland and Booter Lewis added triples.