ENTERPRISE Mondays opening game of the 10/11-year-old Little League state tournament went right for the Pendleton softball all-stars in every way. The hitters were connecting, the base runners were thieving and the pitching was exquisite.
Unfortunately for the Round-Up City team, all three of those assets never coincided in the same game again.
The Pendleton girls exited the state tournament in third place on Wednesday, falling to Warm Springs just two days after dumping the opponent in the opener.
In Mondays action, pitcher Alexi Brehaut struck out nine batters in just four innings of an 11-1 victory, throwing a one-hitter. She also had two RBIs at the plate.
Bailee Oliver went 2 for 3 with two more RBIs. Pendleton used selective hitting to reach base with hits or walks and once there, the trouble for Warm Springs was just starting.
Jessie Patterson stole five bases in the game, a feat she would equal on Tuesday in the teams second contest of the tournament. Talia Lunny also had two steals.
We have some fast girls on our team,?said manager Steve Brehaut, estimating his girls steal total at 50 during the District 3 tournament in Pilot Rock last month. Its dangerous for the other team for (Patterson) to be on base.
Those good vibes disappeared for Pendleton in Game 2 on Tuesday. Corvallis came out on top 17-5 in a game where Pendleton pitching struggled to throw strikes.
Marissa Madrano was the stealer in that one though, accounting for five stolen bases.
In an elimination game against Warm Springs on Wednesday, the opposition got a little revenge. Alexi Brehaut started as pitcher, but left early after being hit by a pitch while batting. Her team was already trailing at that point because of some defensive miscues.
They hit a little better off her this time, the manager said.
Savannah Taylor went 2 for 3 in the loss for Pendleton which ended the girls summer season.
Warm Springs run would end a game later against Corvallis, 15-0 in the championship.