STANFIELD The Stanfield Tigers have championship goals, and continued to play like the world-beaters they aspire to be on Tuesday with a 12-1, five-inning Special District 6 win over Irrigon.
It was the seventh five-inning win in a row for the Tigers (13-5, 9-1 SD6), which have won their last eight and hold a one-game advantage on Dufur with four games left.
Our offense has just kind of been on fire obviously,?said Stanfield coach Bryan Johnson. And weve had really good pitching too, and when you do that its going to be a lopsided win.
Stanfield got another strong start from Bryce Linker, who struck out five, walked none and gave up no hits before reaching his 40-pitch count that Johnson had him throwing on. Jacob Murstig threw the final two innings and only allowed two hits.
Meanwhile, Ross Mendiola and Michael Martinez were leading the offensive rally again. Each finished the game with a double, and Martinez had three RBIs while Mendiola had two. Devin Haefer also added two RBIs for Stanfield, which plays at Dufur on Saturday in a doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m.
Robin Wright drove in Irrigons only run. The fifth-place Knights (9-9, 5-5 SD6) will continue league play at Pilot Rock on Saturday at 11 a.m.
PILOT?ROCK?9, WESTON-MCEWEN 5 In Athena, the Pilot Rock Rockets (9-10, 6-4 SD6)?won their fifth game in a row to keep their conference title hopes mathematically alive on Tuesday.
Skylar Leasy pitched the entire way for the Rockets and struck out nine, and his defense helped him clean up the seven walks allowed. The TigerScots (13-8, 7-3 CRC)?fell into third place with the loss, but still have every reason to keep title hopes alive with four games left and conference leader Stanfield only two games ahead.
Weston-McEwen coach T.J. Haguewood said for that to happen his team is going to have to execute at a higher level than it did on Tuesday.
We didnt make the plays we needed to make to get the win,?he said.
The TigerScots were without starting shortstop Calvin Thacker and stating center fielder Michael Guerrero due to injuries they sustained in a collision during their doubleheader against Irrigon over the weekend.
Pilot Rock scattered nine singles in the game, led by Leasy and Jacob Pierce who each went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Lance Thacker batted 3-for-4 but got the loss on the mound, and Jerad Croswell was 2-for-3 with a double for Weston-McEwen.
The Rockets host Irrigon for a doubleheader Saturday that starts at 11 a.m. and the TigerScots play a twin bill at Heppner, same day and time.
HEPPNER?7, PILOT?ROCK 3 In Heppner, the Heppner Mustangs (14-3, 8-0 SD5)?pushed their winning streak to nine games in a row with the Special District 5 softball win over the Pilot Rock Rockets (10-7, 1-6 SD5)?on Tuesday.
The Rockets scored first, but the Mustangs put together rallies in the fifth and sixth innings that secured the win. They tied the score at 2-2 in the fifth and then went off for five more runs in the sixth as Baily Bennett pitched for the win with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Heppner coach Petra Payne said Makenzie Correa had the key RBI?that got the Mustangs rolling, and Larissa Gray and Hannah Lovgren also got big RBIs despite going hitless in the game. Nicole Kempken added two RBIs on her only hit and Samm Lemmon went 2-for-3 while Micha Hintz went 2-for-4.
Madison Dave led the Rockets in hitting going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Bailey Weinke also was 2-for-3.
Heppner hosts Irrigon on Saturday for a twin bill starting at 11 a.m. while the Rockets will double dip for SD5 contests against Echo, starting at 11 a.m. in Pilot Rock.
IRRIGON?12, WESTON-MCEWEN 0, 6 inn. In Athena, the Irrigon Knights (11-4, 5-2 SD5) jumped all over the Weston-McEwen (13-7, 5-4 SD5)?for a Special District 5 win on Tuesday.
The Knights pounded out 12 hits to compound the damage done by Weston-McEwens eight fielding errors.
Sandra Vera started the game with a leadoff home run for the Knights and added a triple before it was all over. Tessa and Kelly McLaughlin each hit doubles, as did Karmen Garrett.
Brittany Zuercher added a three run home run for the Knights later in the game and also pitched for the win.
Irrigon played well and they hit the ball well and they deserved the win,?said Weston-McEwen coach Jeff Griggs, whose TigerScots wont play again until next Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. game at Echo.
Irrigon plays at Heppner in a twin bill on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
VALE?15, RIVERSIDE?2, 5 inn. In Boardman, nine Riverside errors combined with eight Vale hits to give the visiting Vikings (18-2, 4-0 EOL)?a lopsided Eastern Oregon League win over the Pirates (8-10, 3-1 EOL) on Tuesday.
Riverside coach Robin Graff said his teams 10 free bases issued on walks certainly didnt help matters either.
The girls did some things right but they just came up with too many errors and free passes,?he said.
The Pirates will take a break from EOL?play to host Umatilla on Monday, May 6, at 4 p.m. Umatilla is playing an independent schedule this season.
Then the Pirates will have a rematch at Vale on May 10 in a doubleheader.